There are so many different views on what the role of corporate hostess involves that it’s difficult to decide if it’s a job for you. To some people, the job title conjures up images of glamorous women in tailored evening dresses, sipping champagne and making conversation with the world’s top movers and shakers. To others, the role symbolises women being exploited by more powerful men. So which one is correct?
In reality, the role of corporate hostess is none of these things. First and foremost, it is a professional job that requires you to deliver against a specific set of instructions, and work hard in doing so. The best way to decide if it’s the right role for you, is by considering what’s involved and working out if you have the required skills and characteristics to deliver it successfully – and enjoy it.
What’s involved in a corporate hostess role
It is important to caveat this with a note that every job is different and will have its own set of instructions. However, there are some fundamental aspects of the corporate hostess role that generally form part of every job.
The priority for the role is to ensure guests enjoy the event by giving them all the relevant information and guiding them through the experience. A corporate hostess will be expected to have a sound knowledge of the venue and the different rooms beings used. They will need to know something about the content of the event – this could mean the artist singing at a concert, the teams playing at a sporting fixture or the speakers at a conference. They will also need a very good understanding of the event itinerary – and where and when the different elements are taking place.
What skills do you need to be a brilliant corporate hostess?
First and foremost, you must have good communication skills and be able to interact with other people in a professional manner irrespective of their age, gender, seniority and their own ability or desire to engage with you. You will need to have a good memory and be able to take on and retain new information, as well as the ability to ‘think on your feet’ if unplanned scenarios occur. Corporate hostesses usually work long shifts, and often during unsociable hours, so you will require plenty of energy and a commitment to give your best. They almost always work as part of a team so you should be happy working with colleagues, and able to respond positively to instruction from your manager.
What personality type would enjoy being a corporate hostess?
To enjoy being a corporate hostess, you must be a people person. You will be interacting with guests and colleagues 100% of the time, so you need to enjoy the company of others. Corporate hostesses are expected to dress smartly, so you should also enjoy wearing smarter-style clothes and shoes (sometimes for up to 12 hours). You should be confident and outgoing, but also empathetic enough to adapt your behaviour to suit your audience and/or event type, as well as the business or brand you’re representing.
The role of corporate hostess is both hard work and great fun. If you like the sound of the role and feel you have the right skills and characteristics to do a brilliant job and enjoy it, you can apply to join our book via our website at mashstaffing.com.
Mash Staffing provides corporate hostesses for world-renowned venues, leading events agencies and major global brands. If you have any corporate hostess needs, please get in touch.