Food Service Mock Interview

30 interview questions and answers to help you prepare for an interview in the food service industry.

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When were you able to resolve a problem within work?

"My current employer recently catered a large wedding where we underestimated the amount of glassware that we needed. We were close to being short, so I called a fellow caterer from our network and asked if we could lean on them to provide the additional glassware. They charged us a rental fee and urgent order surcharge; however, that was a much better option than disappointing a client. My boss appreciated my quick thinking and willingness to reach out to our network."

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30 Food Service Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. When were you able to resolve a problem within work?

  • 2. What would you do in the event of a grease fire, or other kitchen emergency?

  • 3. How do you get along with others at work?

  • 4. How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?

  • 5. What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?

  • 6. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond for customer service.

  • 7. How would you handle a rude customer?

  • 8. Would your former boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?

  • 9. What would you do if you caught a co-worker violating food safety standards?

  • 10. What is your first reaction when you do something wrong at work?

  • 11. How can we motivate you on the job?

  • 12. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

  • 13. Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

  • 14. Why should we hire you?

  • 15. What is your favorite cooking technique?

  • 16. There are many options for you in the foodservice industry. Why do you specifically want to work with Company ABC?

  • 17. Do you agree with the phrase 'The customer is always right'?

  • 18. Name for me the three most, and three least common food allergies.

  • 19. Tell me about your food safety training or related certifications.

  • 20. How do you prevent cross-contamination?

  • 21. Are you available to work evenings and weekends, and attend special events?

  • 22. Tell me about your culinary education. What was your primary educational focus?

  • 23. What other back of house or kitchen roles have you held in the past?

  • 24. Who do you admire most in the culinary world, and why?

  • 25. In your opinion, what is the biggest food trend right now? Which is your favorite?

  • 26. Give an example of a fall-time menu that you would prepare.

  • 27. Tell me your involvement with budgets and food planning.

  • 28. If you were asked to lower your food costs, where would you start?

  • 29. What is the largest amount of people you have prepared food service for?

  • 30. How do you test the quality of your ingredients?