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  1. 1.

    Tell me your favorite part of being a leader.

  2. 2.

    Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.

  3. 3.

    The culinary industry is fast changing. How do you keep up with new food trends?

  4. 4.

    Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?

  5. 5.

    Walk me through your experience as a Chef.

  6. 6.

    Being a Chef requires strong leadership skills. How many employees have you led in the past?

  7. 7.

    If food cost were not an issue, what item would you add to our menu?

  8. 8.

    What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?

  9. 9.

    What was your least favorite job? Why?

  10. 10.

    Are you applying for any other jobs?

  11. 11.

    Tell me about the most challenging aspect of your current position as a Chef.

  12. 12.

    How many days were you absent from work last year?

  13. 13.

    What do you know about our restaurant, and this position?

  14. 14.

    Describe to me your ideal employer.

  15. 15.

    Being a Chef requires strong commitment to the restaurant's hours. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?

  16. 16.

    How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

  17. 17.

    How do you develop strong relationships with your vendors?

  18. 18.

    Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?

  19. 19.

    In the past, how involved have you been when it comes to managing food costs?

  20. 20.

    If you could make changes to our menu, what would you do first?

  21. 21.

    Who, or what, inspired you to become a Chef?

  22. 22.

    What is your favorite dish to make?

  23. 23.

    Tell me one valuable kitchen related skill that you are currently working on.

  24. 24.

    When you suffer a setback in the kitchen, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

  25. 25.

    How do you handle communicating bad news to a team member, or your manager?

  26. 26.

    How would you describe your personality?

  27. 27.

    If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?

  28. 28.

    What are your salary expectations?

  29. 29.

    How do you motivate your team, even on the most stressful days?

  30. 30.

    When would you be available to start?

  31. 31.

    Why should we hire you as our next Chef?

  32. 32.

    What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?

  33. 33.

    Would you consider yourself a creative person?

  34. 34.

    How do you define success?

  35. 35.

    Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?

  36. 36.

    Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.