Despite the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the hospitality industry is hiring again.

However, there are now more people than ever in the market looking for work.

With that in mind, we asked some industry experts to give us their tips on how to stand out from the crowd.

Here are five tips from JUstin Kim, general manager of the Merchant House in Manama, Bahrain, on giving yourself the best chance of landing the role.

Research the company
Know key information about the company you are interviewing with, this helps build your confidence during an interview. When you know the company goals and background it is easier to be on the same page with the interviewer. You can use the company’s website or social media to get this information

It helps when you practice answers to common questions to avoid mumbling.

Practicing for a period of days helps you keep focused. It is highly recommended to read through the job description and familiarise yourself with the position you are interviewing for.

Make a great first impression
Interviews are time-bound therefore ensure to have clear thought-out answers and questions for the interview. It is important to display a confident body and positive language plus throughout the interview.

Tie answers to skills
It is important that you tie your answers to the job description for relevancy during the interview. Provide examples of results that you’ve achieved.

Don't give up
Give yourself the best chances to move forward even if the interview didn’t go as planned.

Human Resource Trends 2021

The year 2020 had been a topsy turvy one.  Many experienced personal and professional loss and all of us were pushed to our limits. Though the ride was surely tumultuous, we overcame this stage with grace and perseverance.

So, what is in store in 2021? Will it continue to be the same or comparatively stable? Before I embark to provide my understanding and views on the subject, I would like to mention upfront that neither am I a soothsayer nor a futurist. The Human Resource trends mentioned in my article are the outcome of an analysis done by observing global influences, upcoming regulatory changes, marching technology disruptions, new educational reforms, and of course, human challenges faced this year. 

As companies recalibrate their corporate strategies, with a greater focus on the following imperatives:

  • Environment, Social & Governance Compliance
  • Sustained business continuity
  • Business operations in a virtual world
  • Strengthening Cyber Security defenses
  • Innovation & Agility culture
  • Transformation in Supply Chain Model 

The Human Resource function will be expected to deliver a multi-stakeholder delivery model to enable businesses to function efficiently and at the same time, facilitate leaders to manage virtually. In all these complexities, HR leaders must remain positive and humane in their approach, since many colleagues look at them for cues in these uncertain times.

Keeping some of these aspects in mind:

HR Trends for 2021 

From the above-mentioned trends, we can derive the impact on HR practices. Let us look at each trend in a more detailed manner: 


The above trends may differ from country to country but with these variations, the contours within which HR leaders would have to operate in 2021 will remain largely similar. 

It is important to mention, that trends will come and go, but the core essence of HR professionals in an organization will continue – “To build a culture of Care, Empathy and Trust” 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, in a personal capacity. Assumptions made within the analysis are not reflective of the position of the company, the author is associated with.