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What are the top 3 traits or skills every night auditor must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your night auditor expertise?

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Beren Molony in Sydney, Australia

82 months ago

1) To be a good night auditor, you probably need to have a reasonable amount of previous F/office - guest agent experience. You really need to understand f/office well so that you can not only provide good service overnight to guests, but be really familiar with the systems of F/office. The night auditor role is to basically check over all the days transactions and correct errors made by the day staff who are often very busy. If you understand well how the computer system works and f/office systems work, you will be much more able to see and correct errors. You also will be able to help management see any other problems that may be arising etc (ie reservation issues, travel agent payments and vouchers, special deals not being honoured, all kinds of smaller things that the hotel may be missing in the chaos of the day?

2) You need to be able to cope with the hours. This is the hardest part of the job. It can mess you about sometimes, and you may sometimes feel exhaustion or depression due to a jetlag like effect. This often comes from not being able to sleep deeply in the day (especially in summer), or waking up after only a few hours sleep and not being able to return to sleep. Normally though you get used to it after time, but it can mess with your moods a little.

3). A logical and annalytical mind.... Often as you work alone, or even if with others, all the staff who's work you are correcting or checking have left and are asleep, so you will have to deduce what went on a lot. You need to be able to make guesses as to where the error may have occured, and know where you can find the information to verify if you were right.

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chewy in Boise, Idaho

61 months ago

1- patience 2- FD experience 3- computer experience

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delwaxpro in Wilmington, Delaware

60 months ago

1- You must be able to plan and manage your time. 2.- You must have a quick and anaylitical mind, even in the wee hours of the morning. 3- You must understand the need for a paper trail to document your corrections and/or findings. And possess the skills to create them, clearly and accurately.(keeping in mind all the while you are answering the phones,renting rooms, solving guest problems, making reservations, minding a concern for security, and fighting the natural instinct to fall fast asleep.)

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lulu in Wadsworth, Ohio

30 months ago

You must be a quick thinker, able to respond to chaos at a moments notice, common sense, and discipline. People always say night auditors do nothing. That is far from the case. I have been doing this for 8 yrs. now. Try dealing with fire alarms going off at 3am, waking all the guests up. The elevator not working. Security issues with guests. Dealing with drunks, shady people in the wee hours of the morning. While staying up all night and functioning at your peak, not so easy as it looks.

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