Westwego, United States
10.00 - 16.00
We are searching for the perfect fit! If you fit all these traits, WE WANT YOU!
We are looking for someone, not just a front desk agent, but someone who is great in sales and can help generate bookings for the hotel.
10 Traits of a Great Hotel Front Desk Agent
1. Empathetic and Caring. When guests approach the front desk to check in, they may be tired from their travels. They may be hungry. Guests might be stressed and annoyed over traffic or airport delays. Here’s the perfect time to shine! Understanding how that guest is feeling and being empathetic can provide comfort to guests as an overall experience factor.
2. Willing to Go Above and Beyond. As with all of our staff, guest service agents should be willing to go above and beyond his or her job description to make your guests happy. No team member should think that the job only entails answering the phone and processing check-ins and check-outs.
3. Ability to Anticipate Guests’ Needs. When guests arrive at the hotel, our agents should be able to “read” guests and anticipate their needs. For example, if a particular guest has a baby or toddler, front desk agent should be able to offer additional services (i.e. a bottle warmer, milk available 24/7, crib – if available) to make the guest’s stay more comfortable.
4. Engaging and Inquisitive. The ability to engage with guests and have meaningful conversations is very important to the success of any hotel professional. A good agent should be able to ask questions and probe how the hotel can deliver a great and personalized experience for guests. An out-going team member cannot only drive revenues, they are able capture positive online reviews.
5. Calm, Composed. There are days when our hotels are extremely busy and often stressful, especially during peak seasons. Imagine a front desk agent losing his or her bearings during these times. It’s not beneficial for our hotels and it’s definitely not good for guests. We need to develop an inner Zen among our team members, so they remain calm and composed even when push comes to shove.
6. Always Smiling. It’s true. The most genuine and warm smile can cure even the worst of days. A great front desk agent should be smiling 100% of the time. Yes, I know that there are days when we don’t feel like smiling, but an awesome front desk member should be ready to come to work with a smile.
7. Knowledgeable about the Local Area. When guests have questions about your hotel’s vicinity, they will probably approach the desk. As such, every member of the front desk team should be knowledgeable enough to be able to answer these questions and make recommendations including where to eat, where to shop, local hot spots, what to do, etc.
8. Resourceful. Anyone in the hotel industry should know, you must expect the unexpected. Guests have the most unusual request or circumstances (i.e. a superstitious guest who won’t stay in a room with a number that adds up to 13). We have to train our desk staff to be extremely resourceful, to think on their feet and think of creative solutions to different situations.
9. Energetic. Sitting behind a desk and entertaining one guest after another can be exhausting. However, a front desk agent cannot show signs of tiredness or fatigue. Share tips on how they can keep their energy levels up throughout the day. We a need energetic and happy team.
10. A Great Ambassador for Hotel. Again, our service agents will most probably be the first and last person our guests will interact with. That said, these professionals may very well be the “face of your hotel” to most guests. As such, whoever takes on this role should be a great ambassador from the hotel – understands what we stand for and able to communicate this well to guests. I see and speak with proud ambassadors on a weekly basis.
If you feel you have what it takes to work for us, we would love to hear from you.