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Become A Hostess In Sleepy Hollow, NY

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Working As A Hostess In Sleepy Hollow, NY

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $19,250

    Average Salary

What Does A Hostess Do

A Hostess is responsible for greeting customers as they enter a restaurant, taking their reservation, and putting them on a waiting list. They may also be responsible for ordering table linens, napkins, and other dining room supplies.

How To Become A Hostess

Most waiter and waitress jobs are entry level, and workers learn through short-term on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required to enter the occupation.

Most states require workers who serve alcoholic beverages to be at least 18 years of age, but some states require servers to be older. Waiters and waitresses who serve alcohol must be familiar with state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages.


No formal education is required to become a waiter or waitress.


Most waiters and waitresses learn their skills through short-term on-the-job-training, usually lasting a few weeks. Trainees typically work with an experienced waiter or waitress, who teaches them basic serving techniques.

Some full-service restaurants provide new employees with some form of classroom training that alternates with periods of on-the-job work experience. These training programs communicate the operating philosophy of the restaurant, help new servers establish a rapport with other staff, teach serving techniques, and instill a desire to work as a team. They also discuss customer service situations and the proper ways to handle unpleasant circumstances or unruly customers.

Training for waiters and waitresses in establishments that serve alcohol typically involves learning state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate the training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Waiters and waitresses must listen carefully to customers’ specific requests, ask questions, and relay the information to the kitchen staff, so that orders are prepared to the customers’ satisfaction.

Customer-service skills. Waiters and waitresses spend most of their work time serving customers. They should be friendly and polite and be able to develop a rapport with customers.

Detail oriented. Waiters and waitresses must record customers’ orders accurately. They need be able to recall the details of each order and match the food or drink orders to the correct customers.

Interpersonal skills. Waiters and waitresses should be courteous, tactful, and attentive as they deal with customers in all circumstances to resolve any issues that arise.

Physical stamina. Waiters and waitresses spend hours on their feet carrying heavy trays, dishes, and drinks.

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Hostess Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Mandarin

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Vietnamese

  • Greek

  • Cantonese

  • Polish

  • Tagalog

  • Swedish

  • Hindi

  • Thai

  • Ukrainian

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Real Hostess Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Hostess JP Doyle Restaurant and Public House, Inc. Sleepy Hollow, NY Apr 11, 2016 $49,000 -
Head Hostess BMT Operations LLC New York, NY Feb 01, 2010 $45,000
Hostess Koliba Rest. Corp. NY Mar 24, 2010 $27,820
Server/Host Blaze Bar Habor, LLC Bar Harbor, ME May 15, 2016 $24,856
Hostess Gafco Inc. Morro Bay, CA Oct 02, 2015 $20,870
Lodge Hostess Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch, Inc. Parshall, CO May 10, 2016 $20,870

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Top Skills for A Hostess


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Top Hostess Skills

  1. Quality Customer Service
  2. Reservation Arrangements
  3. To-Go Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Handled cash transactions and assisted with pick up food orders - Provided quality customer service and handled high influx of customers
  • Provided appropriate seating arrangement, including arranging dining rooms and making reservation arrangements.
  • Take To-Go orders and ready the food with all the proper condiments for when the customer arrives.
  • Receive phone calls and direct to the proper person needed.
  • Hired as a host, greeted guests upon arrival, seat guests, organize and manage wait list.

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