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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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How do you make sure food is used before expiration?
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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.
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1.
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."
2.
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."
3.
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."
4.
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."
5.
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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