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Top 35 Kitchen Manager Interview Questions

Question 1 of 35
A kitchen manager must be a strong individual who is able to handle busy workloads. How do you keep motivated through stressful times?
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Question 2 of 35
What do you know about our restaurant?
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Hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications per job. If you are lucky enough to land an interview, make some effort to conduct research on the opportunity. You don't need to be an expert, but you do need to be knowledgeable on the restaurant before your interview.

Start by searching the restaurant's website and social media accounts. Then, take special note of any recent news articles, events or contributions they have made to the community. Identify their mission and values so that you can be clear on what they stand for.

Answer Example
"Your restaurant mission of excellent quality and service definitely resonates with me. Also, your loyalty to purchasing local ingredients really jumps out to me. It is probably why you are the longest standing business of all your competitors. I also love that you are working to make your kitchen green by recycling, composting, and minimizing energy costs."
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Question 3 of 35
What appeals to you about the role of kitchen manager?
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The interviewer would like to know some of the reasons that you have chosen a career path of Kitchen Manager. By understanding your interests, and what drives you, the hiring manager will better know if you are a fit for their organization. Be sure to include some important facts about the company itself. This is a time to discuss your career interests and how this company will keep you excited for years to come.

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"There are many appealing factors to being a Kitchen Manager. I love the fast pace that I am faced with on a daily basis. Also, I am a highly creative person. Crafting new dishes is a highlight for me. One of the reasons I am applying with your restaurant is because you are so well known for unique fusions and daring dishes."
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Question 4 of 35
How would you describe your work ethic?
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When the interviewer asks about your work ethic they are looking for specific examples or keywords they can relate to. When you read the company job posting or job description do they refer to particular company ethics? Talk about their values and how those align well with your personal work values.

Some characteristics you may want to use are:

- Determined/Driven
- Accountable
- Humble
- Respectful
- Dependable

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"I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your company as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your customers. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my employer every day."
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Question 5 of 35
We put a lot of emphasis on the cleanliness of our restaurants. How important is cleanliness to you?
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Question 6 of 35
Our restaurants are open evenings and weekends. What are your preferred shifts? Do you have any limitations to your availability?
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Question 7 of 35
What Food Safety training do you have?
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Question 8 of 35
We have gained a lot of momentum this year using social media marketing techniques. Do you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter?
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Question 9 of 35
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 10 of 35
We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
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Creators of Kitchen Manager Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 11/20/2014
Last modified on: 08/14/2018

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Question 11 of 35
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 12 of 35
How do you feel about performance incentives?
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Question 13 of 35
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 14 of 35
What unique qualities about yourself would you bring to our company?
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Question 15 of 35
How can we motivate you on the job?
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Question 16 of 35
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 17 of 35
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 18 of 35
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
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Question 19 of 35
Are you capable of handling disputes in a professional manner? How do you respond to customer complaints?
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Question 20 of 35
When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?
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Question 21 of 35
What would your friends say are 3 of your best qualities?
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Question 22 of 35
Walk me through your experience as a kitchen manager.
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Question 23 of 35
If you were to try to take corrective action with an employee, what would be your approach?
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Question 24 of 35
How do you see your career progressing within the hospitality industry over the next 3 years?
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Question 25 of 35
How will you ensure that you are respected and listened to as a kitchen manager?
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Question 26 of 35
What do you think are the top 3 qualities required to be a successful kitchen manager?
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Question 27 of 35
Have you dined with us before? What would you change or improve?
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Question 28 of 35
You have discovered that an item on the menu is not selling well. What would you do next?
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Question 29 of 35
Part of being a Kitchen Manager is keeping an eye on food costs. What was the greatest cost-cutting effort you made at your previous employer?
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Question 30 of 35
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 31 of 35
What is your greatest weakness?
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Question 32 of 35
Clear communication is incredibly important in a kitchen setting. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
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Question 33 of 35
How do you show your kitchen staff the importance of communication in the workplace?
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Question 34 of 35
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple urgent needs in the kitchen at one time?
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Question 35 of 35
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
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About Kitchen Manager

April 9th, 2017

Kitchen managers are responsible for overseeing the operations in professional kitchens and ensuring that everything runs smoothly with minimum mistakes, accidents, equipment problems and staff issues. In addition to the overall supervision, kitchen managers also assist in ordering and purchasing products when necessary. During rush hour they pitch in and help with plating, serving or any other task so that customers get their orders on time.
A high school diploma or equivalent is sufficient to get hired as a kitchen manager in any professional kitchen. What is more important than your qualifications is your experience as a kitchen manager. Very few employers if any will even consider an applicant who has no hands-on experience. Working as a kitchen manager can be challenging as you are in charge of everything and sometimes a lot of things can go wrong. It takes someone with experience to be able to handle it all with equanimity and make sure that customers do not face the consequences of any chaos in the kitchen. Doing an internship is the best way to get the necessary kitchen manager work experience.
In addition to the job knowledge, kitchen managers must have excellent leadership, organizational, communication and problem-solving skills.
At your interview for a kitchen manager role, your interviewer is sure to ask you about your experience. What kind of a kitchen did you work in? What were your responsibilities in the kitchen? What are your strengths that make this a good job for you? Do you have any weaknesses that could compromise your efficiency in the kitchen? Some questions are tough to answer but you can get the edge by going through mock interview questions and getting a look at some of the more commonly asked questions at kitchen manager interviews.

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