IHOP, Hostess Job Review and Interview
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IHOP Hostess, in Maryville, Tennessee
Enjoyable if you like working at a fast pace.
Hostess Job Description
A typical shift would start at 8 am for the breakfast rush. I would arrive, clock in, and usually clean menus to get any sticky syrup off before the real rush started. Once people start to arrive, I would take them to their seat, rotating between servers areas fairly. When all the tables are full, I would start making a list of names, and calling them up as tables opened up.
When I had down time between meal rushes, I would sweep the floors and help servers complete their duties like rolling silver wear and refilling salt shakers. I might also take some drink orders, and take food out to people when it's ready.
IF we were really busy, I would also help bus tables to speed up getting people seated. On a typical day, I would get off around 3 pm, but sometimes I would stay until four or five, if we were busy. I usually worked about 35 hours a week, but I could pick up extra shifts if I needed them from other hostess that wanted a day off. On a side note, you do have to provide your own uniform, a white shirt, black pants, and black non-slip shoes. Since it's so common, it's easy to find though.
IHOP Interview Questions
The general manager interviewed me on the spot when I turned in my application. I was wearing jeans and a button down shirt since I wasn't expecting to be interviewed that day. Not many questions were asked, he was mostly concerned about me having reliable transportation. Once I told him I had my own car, it was a done deal and I started filling out paperwork and started the job the next day.
Salary and Benefits
Salary - IHOP, Hostess is $7/Hourly.
Healthcare was available through IHOP, but it was much too expensive for me at the time. A really nice perk was you got one free meal per shift you worked, so you didn't have to buy or pack a lunch. They also provide a nice break room for employees.
The atmosphere is very busy. You're always moving, but people are very friendly and welcoming there. They don't mind showing you the ropes and taking you under their wing. I think the only thing that could be done to improve the work place would be to hire a few extra employees to help with the work load.
As a hostess at IHOP you're on your feet all day long, so be sure you can handle that before applying. You also might have to move tables, either together or apart, to accommodate big groups.
Other IHOP Job Information
IHOP is very family oriented, and likes to hire people who actually need a job. They're big on second chances and helping people out who are in a tough spot. It's a big help if you mention you already have the required uniform ( black shoes, black pant, and a white shirt) when you apply. They like to know you're prepared