You want to be a hostess? Trade fairs, presentations, travel but also new acquaintances from all over the world – a real dream job! Besides studying, later full-time or as a part-time job, many love the communicative side of the job. Above all it is about friendliness but also charisma. When it comes to jobs as an exhibition hostess, with a competent appearance but also as a receptionist for accreditation at the entrance area, friendliness is the be-all and end-all of the job.
Our Hostess Service is your renovated contact for great jobs, first class customers but also a highly professional management. From the casting organisation and your travel planning to the handling and bookkeeping. If you make it into one of the top agencies, like ours, all possibilities are open to you. Instead of complex self-management, we support you from day one. You are interested in our hostess agency! All information can be found here. If you would like to apply directly as a hostess, you will find your application form here
If you would like to know more about the job, your application, castings but also the requirements for the job as a hostess, we have all the important information for you here. At the end of this article you will find the frequently asked questions and answers about Hostess Application and Jobs. Everything you need to know, clearly arranged and free of charge.
What does a hostess do?
As a hostess agency we see the basic tasks like this:
- Motivation, the absolute prerequisite for all other points
- friendliness, service plays a major role in all high-priced economic sectors
- On time, at every appointment
- willingness to teach in, for example with a new customer
- High availability before someone else gets the job
- conversing, you know what you want
- Honesty and trust
- Performance readiness, even at peak times, e.g. during meals or galas
These are only the most important mental requirements for food and hostesses. Of course one could list many more requirements, but most important are the above mentioned points. Motivation is the absolute prerequisite, it not only helps you in life, but also in your job and career. If you really love your job, you’ll go to more and more trouble. As in management, it is of course also the decisive criterion for success and motivation in indirect service! This opens up the other points that you have to master in jobs, such as unconditional friendliness. Imagine you had a hard and long day and get something to drink in the evening in a cozy bar. Whether the bartender had a good or bad day, you want to be treated friendly and well as a guest. It’s just like being a hostess. Even if the trade fair visitors had a stressful day, for example because they are buyers and only have two days to talk to each other.
Jobs and prerequisites
Now you come as a hostess and small sales talent. Friendly, patient, motivating for the rest of the day. This energy is contagious and is ultimately rated positively by the customer. This brings you as a hostess follow-up bookings and therefore more jobs. An absolute win-win situation, for you as a hostess but also for your customers.
As a hostess, you have to be very clever, because not only the areas and locations of use change, but also the guests and the matter at stake. From the food fair to the presentation of a new automobile to the customer discussion for a sanitary manufacturer. I’m sure it won’t be boring! At the same time, however, this also means that you must constantly acquire new knowledge. In the automotive industry alone, it’s all about a fundamental understanding and presentation of the manufacturer’s special new model. Of course you don’t have to know all the details, but at least for a small talk you should always reach it.
If you want to work even more professionally, there are also conversations, sometimes even in different languages, which is why it is always a good idea as a hostess to speak many foreign languages. And this not only increases your reputation, which means your reputation with customers, but also your hourly wage. This way you can earn even more money as a hostess. Your job then is not just to look good. Customers from distant countries, China or Japan, Los Angeles, New York or London rely on you. This does not involve small sales, but very large sales in some cases. In the tourism industry, for example, but also in the furnishing and furniture sector, large quantities are very often ordered at trade fairs.
Your job is to be the point of intersection between customers and locals or visitors. Demanding! You’re really good at making money for this. But until you make it this far, it’s a long way. Therefore, an important prerequisite for you as a hostess is patience! The more you work, the more experience you gain, the more positive feedback you get from customers, the more jobs you get. But the way is long, because you always have to prove yourself as a new hostess. In all the points we mentioned before, from motivation, friendliness, punctuality to learning new topics for small talk, to positive or negative feedback from customers for the first jobs.
So let’s start at the very beginning!
Hostess application and photos
The application as a hostess differs from an application for a regular job in a few points. In principle, however, the application is not so different.
What do you need for your hostess application?
- Small curriculum vitae with professional background, school-based training
- Interests and hobbies
- Languages, from understanding to perfect use
- Expressive photos of you, portrait and full body
- body measurements and clothing sizes
Tip! In good hostess agencies, you don’t have to write a letter, of course, all the information you enter comfortably in the online form, mobile with the smartphone or comfortably from the sofa at home with the tablet.
What you don’t need are the following points from a classic application
- Address with motivation
- Certificates from employers
Once you have submitted your application, all your information will go to the agency’s scout. She or he is part of the booking team and therefore very close to the client’s request, needs and wishes. So the scout can decide which applications are relevant and which are not.
In good agencies hundreds to thousands of people apply every month, the selection is accordingly hard. So if you don’t get any feedback from the hostess agency, don’t take it too personally. This is a small example of why good applications are sometimes rejected: You are 19 years old, live in Berlin, have no gastronomic experience yet. This profile applies to very many, if the agency then already has ten or twenty professional and experienced hostess employees from Berlin, about 20 years, blond hairy, it can be that your agency application is not considered. Which doesn’t mean maybe you can’t get a chance in another agency. If you haven’t made it to one of the top agencies, you can and should try even harder if you want to become a hostess!
You will receive feedback from the agency in 2 to 5 days. As a rule, a Scout agency looks at all new applications once a week. Here a first preselection is made by one person, the scout. He or she then presents his or her pre-selection to the booking team. This consists of several people who, through their daily work with customers, know exactly what is being sought and what is already being built up for the future. Due to the large number of applications, refusals are rarely sent. If you have not received any feedback on your hostess application for more than 14 days, you can assume that your application will not be considered at this time. Keep trying your luck!
A golden entrepreneur rule, the more doors you knock on, the more will open for you! This is just as true in the application process as it is later in the job. Imagine you are at a trade fair, if you only talk to one person and they are not interested in the product, you could conclude that the product does not arrive. That’s why you should talk to ten people, maybe even 100 people. The more conversations you have had, the more you feel what you have to say at the beginning, how you can avoid criticism or how you can strengthen a positive aspect even further. Leadership is a big issue for hostesses, because it can bring the customer additional profit, not only in the form of money and contracts, of course it is also always about brand awareness. Brandn Awareness means brand perception, if you are friendly, the brand will be remembered positively.
In order to shine in the interview, you should have heard and considered all these aspects of the job in advance. So you can make it clear to yourself agency also directly, in which direction you want to go. As a part-time job to study for two years or as a full-time job with a focus on communication, speeches and customer service. The journey always begins with the first invitation to the agency.
Casting and interview
If your application was well received, you will receive feedback from the hostess agency within 2 to 5 days as described. Here the further ways differ, depending on which previous experience you bring along. As a rule, personal interviews are only scheduled if you do not yet have any experience. So the agency can assess you in a direct conversation, how you are from your personality, but also from your charisma.
- How seriously do you take the job?
- What requirements do you have?
- Which way do you want to go personally?
- How safe are you in other languages?
- How self-confident is your performance in general?
Many questions! If you already have enough experience as a hostess, you usually make a phone call, a simple video phone call is sufficient, especially if you have already seen references as an agency. In this video interview you have almost the same advantages as in the interview, but the effort is much less.
Why do you make such a big effort with new hostesses?
Whoever works with renowned and international clients stands with his name as an agency for quality. Accordingly, the staff recruited through the agency must always perform at 100%. To ensure that this is the case and that no unwanted failures occur, the Agency checks the quality of the applicants carefully. In the first small jobs small testings are made, are you on time? How do you respond to phone calls and e-mails? Did you organize yourself well before the job? What does the customer say to you, is there negative or positive feedback?
It is precisely these factors that the agency wants to get to know. So if you are invited for an interview, you have already made a big step! As previously described, applying to good hostess agencies like our monthly hundreds to thousands of people, get an invitation only the fewest, maybe five to ten a month. A very good step and the first in the direction of jobs.
Before you go to the agency you should definitely give your outfit. 99% of the job is about business, so your outfit should be adapted accordingly. Too casual, too much free time, an absolute no-go. Ideally, wear representative clothing on the first day. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wear a suit or a blazer. However, you should think ahead and choose clothes that will suit your future job environment.
You don’t have to prepare application documents, you don’t need certificates from former employers either. Once you have taken the first step, it’s mainly about personality and charisma. So the best preparation is a serious outfit and a smile!
During the interview you should not only be passive, but also in later interviews it is important to establish communication. If you just listen to the whole conversation and don’t ask any active questions or bring yourself into the conversation, this will certainly be considered a negative point. After all, it’s about communicating with guests and visitors! So have the courage to ask proactive questions during the interview, tell something about yourself, talk about experiences and personal experiences. Who also discuss the topics of your counterpart when he or she talks about jobs in general, ask the question, which jobs would you do at the beginning? Many small points where you can get actively involved in the conversation. If you do this two or three times, you show that you are positive, motivated and above all interested in the job.
At the end of the conversation you usually do not get a direct confirmation or rejection. As in the job interview, the scout first makes a preliminary selection, which is then discussed with the team. It’s the same now, after your interview. You will be given a friendly farewell and will receive feedback within two or three days as to whether or not you will be accepted into the agency. If you made it, congratulations! Now it’s time for you to get set up.
Construction and development
As in a model agency, a hostess is also concerned with the construction. From images to fill your sedcard, to small training sessions given to some from the card index. These workshops focus on charisma and personality, as well as knowledge of the job and situations that can arise. From questions that can’t be answered to visitors or guests who are less talkative but still became information. In all situations you have to react correctly and be more or less active in the interaction.
But most of the building and development is in jobs! Through different customers, different temperaments, different industries, different places, each time you have to adjust to the situation anew. Of course, the team also changes, depending on how many people are needed or what special characteristics they need to have. From the external appearance to talent with languages.
So that customers can become aware of you, you first need a Sedcard. This sedcard will be made in a photo shoot for you. It is particularly important to have very professional and experienced photographers. Many people focus their sedcard on the theme of sexy, completely out of place if you want to make it into one of the renowned and first-class agencies. This is about seriousness, after all, you will later stand for millions, sometimes billions, of companies in the front row when it comes to communication. The selection process for applications is accordingly selective. In agencies that work with first-class customers from all industries, from automotive to insurance, trust in the staff is the decisive factor. This is also the reason why customers fall back on Hostess Services an agency. Maybe you know the typical saying, good personnel is hard to find! The job of a hostess agency is to find the best of the best for its clients.
With the entire selection process in the application process as well as the further increase of experience through practical jobs at trade fairs, presentations and galas, we as a hostess service can guarantee that our customers get exactly these people, the best of the best! Maybe you?
Job, reliability and subsequent postings
If you have been through all the stations for months, you will eventually get the first episode bookings. If you get follow-up bookings, this is a very good sign for you, because customers were satisfied with your work! Not only satisfied, even very satisfied, that’s why they’re looking for you again. You can only do this if you receive positive customer opinions from your clients, so that the agency can and will propose you for ever larger jobs and still renovated their clients. By this continuous increase you can not only increase your own treasure of experiences, your references and then customer portfolio, of course also your hourly wage increases.
Therefore, even at the beginning of the article was tolerated an important factor for you as a hostess. From your first thoughts to work as a hostess, to the step of the application, to the interview or casting in the agency, the first small jobs, the Sedcard Shooting in the photo studio, further small jobs and finally so much recognition from your agency and from customers that you are suggested and selected for more and more jobs.
How it works, how you can live and become a hostess!
Hostess application: Let’s go!
Now you’ve learned everything you need to know beforehand. What are the requirements, how does the job work, what does the agency expect from you and what do customers expect? No matter which job you are preparing for, the Technik Messe in Germany or the Touristikmesse in America, you know what is important and can familiarize yourself with jobs quickly and easily. If you say yes to all these points, then we are very happy about your application in our hostess agency!
Q&A: Questions and answers
Via Instagram, via our blog but also on YouTube we can reach many questions about hostess and hostess will be. Therefore here is our big Q&A with the most frequently asked questions and answers about hostesses.
What is a hostess?
The hostess definition says that a hostess is a person responsible for taking care of guests even for major events such as trade shows and galas.
A hostess is also a flight attendant. Especially in English-speaking countries, the term “Exhibition Model” is usually used for the job.
What is a Host / Hostess Service?
Hostess service is the name given to agencies that specialize in the placement of personnel for the care of guests. The areas of application are very diverse. The main focus of an agency is to find new talents for clients.
Customers have their core tasks and core competencies. This includes, for example, the construction of automobiles, the procurement of travel, but also the construction of buildings in the real estate industry. Events, such as measuring public relations, marketing or sales of products, are not part of the main tasks and accordingly customers want a reliable and professional management that takes care of the management of human resources in this area. After all, as a hostess you are not employed by the company but are booked separately as an expert for such events.
The second major task of a hostess service is the administration, organization and billing of jobs. This starts with the first travel planning, e.g. for flights and hotels, and ends with accounting and processing: full service.
Costs a hostess agency money?
No! No matter if hostess or model agency, there are always two different models. Some agencies rely on the large mass and want to have money from every money that is listed in the agency. The others, the good agencies,
How much do you earn as a host and hostess?
The earnings are always different. Unlike a normal employment relationship where you work 40 hours a week, 160 a month, the challenges here are always different. On the one hand your place of work is directly in the city, on the other hand you have to arrive extra. For one appointment you don’t have to learn anything extra, for the other job you have to include one day of preparation. As a rule, wages for jobs start at 12 € per hour. When the jobs become more demanding, of course there will be more. Who works professionally, who can be trusted, who collects good customer opinions, can earn up to 300, 400 Euro a day. After 10 days at the fair, you (as an experienced hostess) have earned 3,000 to 4,000 €. However, it is important to emphasize that you are self-employed as a hostess, i.e. at the end of the year income tax will be deducted if you earn a certain income threshold. This is about 40%. So if you have several such jobs a year, income tax will be deducted at the end. Of course, as an independent person you have to consider this and keep it in mind.
What is a setcard?
The Setcard is a simple and clear file in which customers can see you and compare you with other people. Therefore, the Sedcard usually only includes pictures, your arms and the most important information about body size and clothing. For many customers, your sedcard is looked at next to the messenger, and the basic selection criterion. After selecting the agency, the client compares the different sedcards with each other. Whether on a tablet or printed, here you can directly and directly look at the comparison between the different people.
The Sedcard will be created for you as a hostess usually once in the photo studio. If your look doesn’t change, you don’t need to take new photos. The four or five best photos of you will then be selected for this sedcard. It is important that you have a professional photographer at your first photo shoot who will set the scene for you just as you need it for high-quality customers. That means, very serious is picture material in the business look.
What’s an American portrait?
In photography there are different forms of portraits. For the Sedcard, printed and online, you need different pictorial material. You need a full body portrait, a portrait of your face, as well as the profile, and that means you from the side. So I can see the customer from the front but also see all the contours from the side. In addition there are photos with serious look and of course also photos with beautiful laughter. After all, as we have learned before, the job of a hostess depends in particular on friendliness. In addition, there are also different between formats, between the face portrait and the full body portrait. A typical shape is American.
An American portrait shows itself from the hip upwards. But why is it so, why is it called an American portrait? Remember Hollywood movies showing cowboys in the Wild West. The Colt, i.e. the pistol, always hangs on the belt and thus on the hip. When the cowboy pulls his gun, he pulls it all the way out of his hip. Since this portrait hip shape shows the face, it is called American. This is because cowboys in the former American Wild West always pulled the colt from their hips. Hence the name used internationally today.
How long does an interview usually take?
Interviews in a model agency, but also with us as a hostess agency usually do not take long. In a model agency such an interview can take only a few seconds, so a quick getting to know each other is called Go-See. We mention this because it also amounts to a casting for you at one or the other date. Many different people come together here so that the customer can get a live impression. This is what you do with longer-term jobs or jobs with a higher salary. In a situation like this, you just run back and forth to Julie. You briefly say your name, place of residence, introduce yourself, then it’s all over.
During your first interview at the agency you will of course have a little more time. This is about getting to know you and above all about giving you personal experiences from the hostess world. What do the first jobs depend on? What does the agency expect from you in terms of punctuality and availability? Such a conversation usually lasts 20 to 30 minutes, the first getting to know.
What color / outfit will I wear to the interview?
In a renowned and international hostess agency like ours, everything revolves around business. Therefore, the question of which outfits and which colors you should wear during an interview is answered relatively quickly. Whenever it comes to customers, guests and visitors, a serious appearance is also important. Therefore you should already pay attention to the choice of your clothes and colours during the first job interview. At an interview for the bank, in the hotel sector or even in a large corporation, how would you appear? Casual and casual in casual wear or serious in a blazer or white shirt? Should you rather wear a discreet, gray stepped or black or white trousers or a bright yellow trousers? The choice is clear, in the later job it depends on a serious appearance and you should put this already in the first interview in the hostess agency. Therefore, our recommendation for your interview is beaten serious clothes in business look. Not overdressed, after all it’s not about the post of managing director but so chic that you can represent a company seriously. The colors should be accordingly muted and if, only supplemented by highlights, e.g. a colored cloth or for men sporty sneakers, do not forget, never overdressed.
How can you prepare for an interview?
The best preparation is you yourself! What are your strengths? What are your experiences? Where you goin’? If you make a confident entrance, you already have the job peninsula bag! Besides the outfits we already discussed in the previous question, you should prepare yourself a little bit for the different fields of application, the Hostess Jobs. Here you will find all important tips for the individual tasks and jobs, as always free of charge: Hostess jobs and tasks.