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Client Advice

Finding The Best Hospitality Candidates

By Daniel Esplen

The challenge facing many hospitality businesses is an issue globally with each country having their own unique challenges in recruitment that we are all too familiar with and unfortunately this will not change in the near future.

There is no easy answer and quick fix, unfortunately, having the right leadership team in place is key, as you need to be a great leader to motivate, engage, train and develop your team. This is key in attracting the best talent and ensuring you increase your retention.


Retention Strategy

The market is becoming increasingly competitive, with your competition offering increased wages, benefits, welcome bonuses and more. It is critical that you have a strategy to keep your current teams. It doesn’t just have to be to offer higher wages, look back at engagement surveys for clues. If you don’t have a retention strategy, make it a priority to put one in place ASAP.


Reimagine the hiring process

 As the operations have had to adapt and change, the recruitment process needs to adapt as well. Look outside the traditional recruitment methods and sources you have used previously to attract a new source of candidates. You may have rejected using a specialist head-hunter but a company such as Antal Hospitality London. can actually save you money.


 Keep in mind many candidates are eager to secure a new opportunity. If the hiring process drags on longer than necessary, it’s it will likely cause you to lose top talent. In the current market, you need to be agile and move quickly or risk losing the best candidates to the competition so its important to remove barriers that slow down your hiring process.


The Catch 22

People want greater flexibility, a balanced lifestyle, reasonable working hours otherwise it will be harder to attract and keep team members. But this can be hard to achieve when you are already short on positions. Therefore, needing the team to work more to cover the shortages it’s a vicious circle! Engage your teams to discover “out of the box solutions” to staff shortages, some of our clients have had very creative solutions driven by great leaders engaging their teams.

A good specialist head-hunter such as Antal Hospitality’s London office can assist you in attracting strong leadership roles. We can reach those passive candidates, provide valuable insights into the market and your competitors, along with being a true business partner. As we are hospitality experts having worked in 5 Star Hotels globally so can help create and bring solutions to the table.


Antal Hospitality London Office

Salvatore Fernandez: [email protected]

Daniel Esplen: [email protected]



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