Top 25 Baker Interview Questions
1. Tell me about a time you went above and beyond for a customer. What did they request?
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A baker is someone who bakes and sells bread. Cakes and similar foods may also be produced, as the traditional boundaries between what is produced by a baker as opposed to a pastry chef have blurred in recent decades. The place where a baker works is called a bakehouse, bakeshop, or bakery.
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Baker Interview Questions
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How do you think we stand out from our competitors?
 
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By working hard and showing more intrest in work.
 
2.
No, I haven't actually, though I know most of the shops around the center as I am around very often.
 
3.
The main grain is special because all of your products are made from the freshest local ingredients. Your employees are also kind, hardworking, dedicated, and very involved in the bakery. In most other bakeries, employees see their job as JUST a job. But I feel like here, it's more like family.
 
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I don't believe in that. If we are . Good thing to know.
 
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I think not thinking about the competitors we should always deliver the wow with extra efforts to the customer .... And that's the basic rule of the business.
 
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What do you know about our bakery?
 
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Everything is made from scratch and is high quality.
 
2.
Well, I know that bakery all nice and neat an very excellent serves to the customer & employee.
 
3.
This is one of the finest bakeries I know and I would like to be a part of its team.
 
4.
I know that Hobbs bakery is a family run business and the 3 brothers take massive pride in their award winning products.
 
5.
Great service and baked goods.
 
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4 of 25
What makes you the best candidate for this job?
 
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I have a passion for baking, and working with people.
 
2.
I would not think I am the best but I am sure I can be by working hard.
 
3.
Harde worker, organizing, puntual.
 
4.
I`m Very awesome what do like make cupcake and decorating cake and bakery.
 
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I have a hard working ethic and am committed to being the very best I can be. My ability to pick up new skills quickly and keep motivated through fresh challenges make me the best candidate for the job.
 
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5 of 25
Do you enjoy decorating cakes and cupcakes?
 
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I do, yes. I do a lot of baking at home and have had a lot of experience with cupcakes, cookies and cakes.
 
2.
Yes! the personalization and decorating is definitely my favorite part of the cupcake of cake making process.
 
3.
Cupcakes are so easily to make and cakes are my masterpice.
 
4.
Ya I love to do that as presentation of the food is the prior thing.
 
5.
I cant comment because I never got the opportunity.
 
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6 of 25
How do you keep organized while baking? How do you keep a schedule for what needs to be done?
 
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I have all the materials and ingredients that I need for those pastries out.
 
2.
Well, I think to be organised I will need to learn the different types of breads and products sold, which I've looked into already by looking onto the website.
 
3.
When I'm done with an ingredient or a utensil, I put it away or put it in the sink to be washed. I cannot work in a cluttered space.
 
4.
Don't think about. I just do it. I know what to get done in a bakery I have experience ok.
 
5.
Let to do fast and must control the time untill to finish.
 
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7 of 25
Have you ever done any marketing for your former or current bakery?
 
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I have never worked in another bakery before.
 
2.
Yes both. I just love doing new stuff.
 
3.
Nope but am cratetivie, smart, love math , count number, s money, and counting back money. Stuff like that.
 
4.
When I was a food server, I always recommend baked item to custom. R
 
5.
Marketting hmmm yes , till how much I can impress upon others.
 
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8 of 25
Sometimes our bakery gets crowded. Will you get stressed out if a line starts forming?
 
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I'd like to think that I would not. I'd stay calm and spend appropriate time with each customer, while getting their orders done as fast as possible.
 
2.
No I handle busy times very well.
 
3.
First off, remain calm, breathe, and smile. No one will be able to tell you're stressed if your smiling. Second, work as fast as possible while still maintaining neatness and persiceness. If there's other people working, have everyone doing a different job of keeping costumers satisfied while they wait.
 
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No I just stay busy and motivated don't really worried about it.
 
5.
Certainly not stressing means you are not fit for this work or business customer are always the same but being polite and make them feel special is all what they want so be generous and serve them.
 
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Have you ever had a rude customer? How did you deal with them?
 
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Yes, I did have to deal with a rude customer . So I did claim customer down and as what did you ask again ? if he `s still contines then I will have my supervisor to talk to him.
 
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I told him that it was my mistake and I replaced him his order.
 
3.
Yes I had. In quite manners sometimes but when my limit is over.......
 
4.
This is my first job so I haven't come across rude customers, but if I were to come across a rude customer I would be patient and just keep smiling, not showing any anger or disapproval on my face.
 
5.
Nope. I just tell the boss.
 
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10 of 25
Which baking skills do you consider yourself an expert in?
 
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Worked in a bakery for six years, love baking.
 
2.
Cookies. Chocolate chip, to be exact.
 
3.
Pineapple cake, truffle cakes cupcakes , muffins .
 
4.
Baking cakes and cupcakes muffins.
 
5.
I make these oatmeal raisin chocolate chip and walnut cookies, they are to die for. I'm also great at chocolate chip cookies and I make these awesome lemon blackberry cupcakes that are fantastic.
 
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11 of 25
Are you always on time for work?
 
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Yes. Dance has taught me excellent time management skills and that being on time is late. Always be early!
 
2.
Yes , provided any uncertain situation arises.
 
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When did you first start baking?
 
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It is been up to 1\1/2 year.. Since I started my baking.. I love baking n decorating new products.
 
2.
About three years ago is when I first started baking at home.
 
3.
When I was just a little one. Though I've gotten more serious about it the past six months.
 
4.
I experienced my first start in baking when I'm a high school.
 
5.
At the age of 15 years old.
 
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13 of 25
How well do you follow recipes?
 
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I follow the exact correct recepie.
 
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I follow them exactly how they are.
 
3.
I will follow recipes one by one step.
 
4.
I can follow recipes to the exact.
 
5.
I follow every recipe exactly.
 
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What do you find most challenging about being a baker?
 
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I do the emergency orders on time.
 
2.
Most challenging? Probably just getting the hang of it, maybe using the cash register or cutting the bread with the machinery.
 
3.
Don't stop proved myself.
 
4.
Accepting that failure is a normal thing and it's going to happen, especially when working with food.
 
5.
The people. That comes in the line . When we get busy.
 
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15 of 25
Tell me about baking disaster you have had. How did you redo the recipe and make a good product?
 
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The first few times I made cheesecake, I was too impatient with the process and had to start over at least three times. I put the eggs into the mixer too soon and too fast. But once I figured it out, it tasted amazing.
 
2.
I once sunk a loaf of bread, I remade the batch and Completed it successfully.
 
3.
Well, once I didn't have any white sugar so I had to substitute it with other types of sugars. I was skeptical that it would turnout well during it, but the substituting worked well and I overcame the issue.
 
4.
I made my chocolate chip cookies for a dance event recently. I decided to sift the dry ingredients to see of it would make a difference and it did. Big mistake. My cookies where flat and crunchy. I new that it was the sifted flour. The next time I made them, I left the flour the way it was and they were nice and chewy.
 
5.
Hmm, well I made Bread in college recently with my friend, when we were mixing the dough, i added salt, not knowing that she had already salted it, unfortunately we killed the yeast, is didnt prove and came out of the oven like a rock. I learned then and there the real need for teamwork and communication, We remade the bread and it came out lovely.
 
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16 of 25
How important is it for you to get this job at our bakery?
 
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Beyond measure. I would love to work at your bakery because it would be a tremendous opportunity as a first.
 
2.
Very important, I have a passion for baking and I stove to achieve new goals.
 
3.
I would be very grateful to receive a position here.
 
4.
Very. I'm very mature for my age, so working in an environment like Rockman's where there are lots of people my age, was frustrating. It's hard for me to understand sometimes that not everyone my age has an adult mindset like I do or am not dedicated like I am. I feel like working in this bakery would challenge me but still be a calm environment to work in. Getting this job would mean the world.
 
5.
Tim-Horton' is a famous particularly for coffee and baked items.
 
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17 of 25
What different frosting methods do you know how to use?
 
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Swirl, pipping, ruffle, script writing, smooth, zigzag, c motion.
 
2.
Piping. Using an offset spatula or straight spatula.
 
3.
I know the freezer method.
 
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18 of 25
Baking can be stressful. When have you worked in a stressful environment with deadlines to meet?
 
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Well, school does include many deadlines with assignments and homework. I'm good under pressure usually, so a deadline environment shouldn't be a challenge.
 
2.
At a wedding, we showed up late and they were on a strict schedule for when dinner was. We had the set up a dining room of about 200 people. It was stressful but we made it.
 
3.
I can control stress with deadline very well. It is my strong advantage.
 
4.
I'm always working with deadlines to meet.
 
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19 of 25
What are your favorite things to bake?
 
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I love to bake cheesecake. It takes patience and precision, and once it's done right, it tastes amazing.
 
2.
I enjoy baking cookies, cupcakes and cakes.
 
3.
Brownies, Cookies, cupcakes, cakes I love chocolaty sweet things, really moist and yummy.
 
4.
Cakes, breads and pastries.
 
5.
Bread, cakes, cookies and pastries.
 
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20 of 25
Have you ever called off work at your last position? What was your reason?
 
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I have only ever called off a shift when I was extremely unwell, or had a family emergency.
 
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The only times I ever called off work were when I had a death in the family and I was sick I didn't want to risk spreading anything.
 
3.
Yes. Everybody needs a off day to be happy. We are not machine. Safety first before anything.
 
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21 of 25
What other skills, besides baking, would you bring to our bakery?
 
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Cleaning, inventory, stocking, front end,
 
2.
Cleaning and taking calls. I'm pretty good at talking to people.
 
3.
I am good at cleaning, interacting with people, researching and memorizing things.
 
4.
Whilst assisting head chef in france cooking for a family in their chalet a child insisted she wanted pancakes for pudding instead of tart like the pther familym.
 
5.
I'm good at doing the cleaning, answering phone, and good costumer services.
 
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22 of 25
What steps do you take to ensure little ingredients are wasted, or go bad, in your current bakery?
 
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Tell me about your education, if any, in the culinary arts.
 
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Do you have a professional mentor? Who do you look up to in this industry?
 
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How do you stay up to date on the latest trends in cakes?
 
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