I get quite a lot of emails about offers and competitions, but do not always write about them on the blog unless I think they are interesting, unusual and would appeal to the people that read my blog.

I was very intrigued by this one though! The W Hotel Insider recruitment competition to find some stunning and knowledgable people about London for their new W Hotel in London.

It would also be GREAT if a reader of this blog was one of the winners and got one of the roles!


This is what Richard, who wrote to me about the whole process, had to say:

“I’m emailing you on behalf of the new W London Hotel, opening on Leicester Square next February.

This month the hotel is launching its recruitment drive (or in W speak, “casting”) to fill two vacant concierge positions – called W “Insiders”. The process to appoint these two key staff members will revolve around an event that is more akin to TV programmes America’s Next Top Model and The Apprentice than a traditional interview. Again, this against the grain way of doing things is very W.

Applicants will be invited to send in videos of themselves answering a series of questions posed on a dedicated recruitment website around key areas of interest to the W brand: fashion, entertainment and design.

A shortlist of seven will then be invited to a secret London location and asked to perform various tasks in front of a celebrity judging panel comprised of America’s Next Top Model’s J Alexander (the catwalk “expert” and judge who teaches the girls how to “walk”), David Waddington from East London restaurant Bistrotheque and international design gallerist Libby Sellers. The winning two will be offered full time positions at the new hotel as W Insiders.

The website is: www.wlondon.co.uk/casting 

We are billing it as the ultimate job interview ever! At the very least it is an interesting way for hoteliers to recruit, and a first taste of the W brand in the UK.

We would love to reach the readers of your blog, in the hope that one or two of them might be interested in applying”

The final selection will be in November.

Video that shows what the new hotel looks like and will be like:

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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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