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Top 30 Dishwasher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
Speed is an important factor to your success as a dishwasher. Are you efficient with your time?
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Question 2 of 32
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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A part of being a diligent employee is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

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"I had zero unexcused absences last year. In total, I took 12 vacation days out of my 15 allotted days. I was sick just 2 and those were accompanied by a note from my Doctor. Once I was late due to a terrible snow storm and I always try to be 10 minutes early for my shift."
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Question 3 of 32
What questions do you have for me?
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Don't let this question catch you by surprise! After you do your research on the restaurant, write down some questions that came up for you. Next, review the restaurant website, and social media accounts, to see if any of those questions can be answered through those resources. Interviewers love to hear intelligent questions about the work environment, and job function. They like to be praised for the ways you are impressed by their reputation, and quality of food. Be strategic in your questions. If you still have uncertainties about the position that need to be clarified, this is an opportunity to get those answers as well.
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Question 4 of 32
Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?
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Taking the fall for a situation, in order to protect a coworker, is a tricky situation. It can show teamwork but it may not be the most honest thing to do. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on taking the fall for something you did not do.

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"I do not believe in 'taking the fall' for people based on protecting them. Transparency is always a good idea and if something went wrong then it needs to be addressed in order to prevent it from happening again."
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Question 5 of 32
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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Everyone will have their own particular triggers that cause them to feel dissatisfied on the job. Talk to the interviewer about any factors that may deflate or discourage you in the workplace.

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"I can feel dissatisfaction on the job when I am not feeling heard or when there is not a mutual respect among the team members. I work best in more harmonious situations where there is little drama or gossip."
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Question 6 of 32
When have you had to lead by example?
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Question 7 of 32
Why are you looking for a job?
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Question 8 of 32
Do you have reliable transportation?
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Question 9 of 32
Without any job experience, why should we hire you for the position of dishwasher?
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Question 10 of 32
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 11 of 32
We want to fill this dishwasher position right away. When would you be available to start?
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Question 12 of 32
Do you have any relevant work experience?
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Question 13 of 32
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
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Question 14 of 32
Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What skills did you use to achieve this goal?
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Question 15 of 32
Why did you leave your last job?
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Question 16 of 32
Have you requested extra responsibilities in any of your previous roles?
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Question 17 of 32
What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
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Question 18 of 32
Walk me through your experience and training as a dishwasher.
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Question 19 of 32
Working in a kitchen environment can be stressful. How do you manage stress in your daily work?
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Question 20 of 32
Being a dishwasher is a physical job. Are you able to bend and lift frequently, as well as stand for long periods of time?
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Question 21 of 32
There are many openings in the area, for kitchen staff. Why do you want to work at our restaurant, specifically?
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Question 22 of 32
Why do you want this job as a dishwasher?
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Question 23 of 32
What would your friends say are 3 of your best qualities?
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Question 24 of 32
Clear communication is incredibly important in a kitchen setting. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
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Question 25 of 32
We put a lot of emphasis on the cleanliness of our restaurants. How important is cleanliness to you?
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Question 26 of 32
Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
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Question 27 of 32
Being a Dishwasher requires strong commitment to our restaurant's hours. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
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Question 28 of 32
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
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Question 29 of 32
Think about a difficult boss, professor or coworker. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
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Question 30 of 32
What are your career aspirations beyond this job?
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Question 31 of 32
We are looking for a reliable dishwasher. How would you describe your work ethic?
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Question 32 of 32
Tell me about a time when you took charge of a meeting. Was the outcome a positive one?
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About Dishwasher

February 12th, 2017

A Dishwasher, also known as a Kitchen Helper, is responsible for cleaning the dishes, utensils, and food preparation equipment used in a restaurant, commercial kitchen, hospital, or other business where food is prepared or served. The role of a Dishwasher is vital to the smooth operation of any kitchen setting as the Dishwasher is responsible for the overall cleanliness of the kitchen and the preparation of place settings and cooking tools.

Dishwasher positions are generally minimum wage roles. In a restaurant or bar setting, the dishwasher may receive a portion of the tip-out at the end of a shift; although this isn't the standard. There is often a high rate of turnover in a Dishwasher role which means that these positions may be easy to find. The hours of a Dishwasher will depend on the nature of the business. A cafe may have shorter hours where a bar or hospital kitchen will be open 24/7. Flexibility in ones schedule is important in this line of work as evenings, weekends, and holidays may be required.

Being a Dishwasher is a very physical role that requires a lot of standing, lifting, and bending. A Dishwasher should be prepared to handle the physical requirements of the role.

There is no post-secondary education required to become a dishwasher which makes it an ideal position for high school or university students. A dishwasher will receive on the job training which may also include food-safety or other health and safety related training.

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