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02/23/2020 IHG Careers Team

What got me the job at IHG

Below, our colleagues talk about the key to their interview and career successes at IHG. Many of them have years of experience and some are new. However, all have shared their own personal stories. If you've got an interview coming up and are looking for some advice, there's something in the words below for you.

‘Being flexible in this industry and realising that even when you’re faced with problems they are simply ‘solutions waiting to be found’, goes a long way. It also helps to laugh out loud every now and then to keep the fun in your day!’ Terri Fynch | Director of HR - SEA & AA Resorts

‘I focussed my early career on gaining real breadth of experience and took every opportunity that came my way. From getting my hands dirty in highly unionised factories, working on offshoring projects to putting my hand up to be the new Human Resources Manager of a factory that had just burnt down from a huge popcorn fire the previous day! They were all roles with lots of variety and change. They gave me the stepping stones to keep moving into bigger roles, as well as making sure I never got bored and was always kept on my feet!’Louise Byrne | Global Talent Director

‘I had worked with IHG in Hotel Operations a few years ago and so knew what the company was like. I also gained experience in the field I was applying for in a different industry giving me a stronger knowledge and experience base.
All this lead to a good combination of education, experience and company knowledge. I also researched quite a bit on what would lead to success in the role and how I would overcome challenges. All this, my persistence and guidance from my mentor landed me the job.’ Shweta Chaturvedi | Manager, Talent Resourcing


'It all started when I received a phone call from a corporate office director whom I met 5 years back. He suggested that I consider an opening that they had - it was a complete surprise! So out of curiosity, I went for the interview. I was really impressed with how transparent and upfront the Regional General Manager was on the challenges that the person would need to overcome in the newly created role. I believe it was the my returned honesty that got me the job. Rather than selling my experience and how I think I could excel in the role, I decided that honesty is the best policy. I shared that I have never been in a similar role, I'm not strong in certain areas needed in the position but I would love the opportunity to join the team and overcome those exciting challenges ahead. I was offered the job on the spot and the rest is history.’ Janet Wong | Global Talent Centre of Excellence Projects Director

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