Were you taught any kitchen safety lessons at your last job?
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"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."
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.
Have you ever made improvements to the kitchen flow before? What were they and how did this benefit the kitchen?
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"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."
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.
"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."
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.
Kitchen helpers work directly under the head cook or kitchen supervisor. Kitchen helpers perform a variety of tasks in the kitchen, from assisting with food preparation and cooking to food handling and storage. In some kitchens, they may also clean all dishes, silverware and cooking utensils and make sure the food service stations, tables and dining hall floor are all clean and well-maintained. Their exact duties may differ depending on their employer.
This is an entry level job. A high school diploma and some on the job experience are necessary for anyone looking to work as a kitchen helper. Completing an internship will help you learn the basics of food preparation and service, safe food handling and kitchen cleanliness protocols. Always ask for a letter of recommendation from the person you've interned under. This will come in very useful when you go for your kitchen helper interview.
At the interview for a kitchen helper role, your interviewer will be very interested in knowing about the various kitchen tasks that you have had experience handling. They may ask you questions to assess your knowledge of food prep and food safety. The interviewer will also want to gauge your interest and knowledge in different cooking techniques. The best way to emphasize your interest in this role is by answering all questions confidently. You can do this by going through kitchen helper mock interview questions and rehearsing your answers to some of the more commonly asked questions.