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24 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Do you hope to be a chef one day?
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If you do want to be a chef one day, be sure to talk about your plan and how that might include the restaurant that you are currently interviewing with.
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1.
Do you hope to be a chef one day?
If you do want to be a chef one day, be sure to talk about your plan and how that might include the restaurant that you are currently interviewing with.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am currently in culinary school and will be graduating in 2 years. I plan to become a chef one day and would really like the opportunity to do so within your restaurant. The style of cuisine your restaurant offers is of great interest to me and I would love to grow with you."
2.
What do you know about our restaurant?
Be sure to research the restaurant before your interview. You will want to see what their online reviews look like and what people are saying.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have researched your restaurant and am really impressed with all of the positive reviews. People are talking about the food quality and the atmosphere. Your style of fusion is really unique and people are responding very positively!"
3.
Do you communicate well with others?
Clear communication in the kitchen is of utmost importance. Give the hiring manager a positive example of your communication style.

Rachelle's Answer
"I communicate very well with others. My kitchen experience has helped me learn to clearly listen and take direction. When something is required, I am sure to speak up and ensure that I am understood."
4.
What Chef or Kitchen Leader taught you the most?
Do you have a mentor or chef that you look up to? Perhaps it is someone that you have worked directly with, or maybe even a celebrity chef. Who has taught you the most about your profession as a kitchen helper?

Rachelle's Answer
"I have learned a great deal from my current chef, Joseph. He is a red seal chef and once worked in a Michelin star restaurant. I also attribute a lot of my cooking and kitchen skills to watching and studying celebrity chef Ming Tsai. His style is swift and I love watching him work."
5.
Where did you get most of your kitchen working experience at?
Provide the interviewer with an overview of your experience by taking a few minutes to talk about your resume.

Rachelle's Answer
"My kitchen experience started 3 years ago when I joined XYZ Restaurant as a kitchen helper. I have been there for my entire restaurant career. I also bring experience from my current education in Culinary studies."
6.
Why is this job important for you to get?
Show in your answer that you are eager to work, and that you would be thankful for the opportunity should it be given to you.

Rachelle's Answer
"I would be very thankful if chosen for this opportunity. The hours work perfectly with my college schedule and it would greatly help me financially. Also, the kitchen experience gained will be invaluable."
7.
Were you taught any kitchen safety lessons at your last job?
Let the hiring manager know how well versed you are in kitchen safety. Being honest and transparent when it comes to your level of training will be important information if you are hired.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have a lot of training in kitchen safety, both formal and informal. In my most recent role I received one on one training with the chef and was tested on safety at the end of my day long training. It never hurts to be trained in safety and I am happy to take any additional training that you require."
8.
What kitchen experiences do you have?
List the variety of roles you have been in or perhaps the types of cuisine that you have been exposed to.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have a variety of kitchen experiences that range from faster food to fine dining. My roles have encompassed everything from dishwasher to prep cook."
9.
How do you make sure food is used before expiration?
An important part of your role as a kitchen helper is to ensure that food is not wasted or used when it should not be. Tell the hiring manager what measures you take to ensure that this does not happen.

Rachelle's Answer
"In order to avoid food waste and ensure that nothing expires prior to its use, I will correctly label all containers. I also utilize the first in, first out method when rotating the food in the fridge/freezer. I take this aspect of my role very seriously as food waste can greatly affect a restaurant's profitability."
10.
What high pressure, stressful situations have you been working in the kitchen in? How did you handle this?
Give a brief example of a time that you found yourself in a difficult situation at work. Be sure to not speak poorly of anyone involved and keep the response positive.

Rachelle's Answer
"In my previous position we would have half priced oysters every Thursday. This promotion created a lot of business but it was very high pressure to get the oysters out on time without neglecting the rest of the room and orders. At first we did have plates sent back quite frequently. The chef was pretty upset about it. I handled it by asking where I could step in to help with quality control. It all worked out well in the end."
11.
How important is cleanliness to you?
This can be a brief and concise answer. Be sure to let the hiring manager know that you are concerned with the topic of cleanliness.

Rachelle's Answer
"Cleanliness in a restaurant kitchen is the most important. One wrong move and you can make someone very sick. I am well aware, and well trained, in the matter of cleanliness, health and safety."
12.
This may seem like a rude question, but is your personal hygiene important to you, on a consistent basis? How so?
Working in a kitchen, hygiene is of utmost importance. Let the hiring manager know that you are aware of this and talk about what you do to ensure that your hygiene is never offensive.

Rachelle's Answer
"Working around food, and in such hot and close quarters as a kitchen, I am well aware of the importance of personal hygiene. I ensure that I come to work fresh every day."
13.
Do you enjoy working with other people?
Being a team player is very important in a kitchen environment. Tell the hiring manager about your ability to work well with others. You can use an example from your current or most recent position.

Rachelle's Answer
"I really do enjoy working alongside others. In my current position I work with a team of 4 others, including the head chef. What I enjoy most about this team environment is that I am able to learn from everyone on a daily basis."
14.
Have you ever made improvements to the kitchen flow before? What were they and how did this benefit the kitchen?
Having the confidence to suggest or implement change in the workplace is a great quality to have. Show the hiring manager that you are capable of bringing this attitude with you, should you be hired.

Rachelle's Answer
"In my previous position I created a new color coded labelling system that worked really well and reduced food waste by 8% in the first month. I had the idea and, with the help of the chef, we were able to make it work very well."
15.
How often are you on time for work?
When answering this question you should talk a bit about your previous work history. Everyone has been late before but the hiring manager would like to know if this is a common occurrence for you.

Rachelle's Answer
"I was late for work twice in the past year. Those were due to transportation issues in the city which I could not have avoided. When you call my supervisor for a reference they will be able to confirm that I am very reliable and am on time."
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Interview Questions
  1. Do you hope to be a chef one day?
  2. What do you know about our restaurant?
  3. Do you communicate well with others?
  4. What Chef or Kitchen Leader taught you the most?
  5. Where did you get most of your kitchen working experience at?
  6. Why is this job important for you to get?
  7. Were you taught any kitchen safety lessons at your last job?
  8. What kitchen experiences do you have?
  9. How do you make sure food is used before expiration?
  10. What high pressure, stressful situations have you been working in the kitchen in? How did you handle this?
  11. How important is cleanliness to you?
  12. This may seem like a rude question, but is your personal hygiene important to you, on a consistent basis? How so?
  13. Do you enjoy working with other people?
  14. Have you ever made improvements to the kitchen flow before? What were they and how did this benefit the kitchen?
  15. How often are you on time for work?
  16. What do you like the most about working in a kitchen?
  17. How do you handle stressful situations?
  18. Have you ever called off work before? If so, what was your reason?
  19. What's your ideal company to work for?
  20. Tell me about food safety, your training in it, and why it is very important.
  21. What do you dislike the most about working in a kitchen?
  22. What task in the kitchen, do you have the most difficulty doing?
  23. Tell me about a time when someone has criticized your work. How did it make you feel?
  24. In what areas of the kitchen, could you learn more or something new at?
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