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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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List of Kitchen Manager Interview Questions
  1. A kitchen manager must be a strong individual who is able to handle busy workloads. How do you keep motivated through stressful times?
  2. What do you know about our restaurant?
  3. What appeals to you about the role of kitchen manager?
  4. How would you describe your work ethic?
  5. We put a lot of emphasis on the cleanliness of our restaurants. How important is cleanliness to you?
  6. Our restaurants are open evenings and weekends. What are your preferred shifts? Do you have any limitations to your availability?
  7. What Food Safety training do you have?
  8. We have gained a lot of momentum this year using social media marketing techniques. Do you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter?
  9. When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  10. We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
  11. What are your salary expectations?
  12. How do you feel about performance incentives?
  13. What questions do you have for me?
  14. What unique qualities about yourself would you bring to our company?
  15. How can we motivate you on the job?
  16. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  17. What do you know about our organization?
  18. Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
  19. Are you capable of handling disputes in a professional manner? How do you respond to customer complaints?
  20. When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?
  21. What would your friends say are 3 of your best qualities?
  22. Walk me through your experience as a kitchen manager.
  23. If you were to try to take corrective action with an employee, what would be your approach?
  24. How do you see your career progressing within the hospitality industry over the next 3 years?
  25. How will you ensure that you are respected and listened to as a kitchen manager?
  26. What do you think are the top 3 qualities required to be a successful kitchen manager?
  27. Have you dined with us before? What would you change or improve?
  28. You have discovered that an item on the menu is not selling well. What would you do next?
  29. 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?
  30. Tell me about yourself.
  31. What is your greatest weakness?
  32. Clear communication is incredibly important in a kitchen setting. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
  33. How do you show your kitchen staff the importance of communication in the workplace?
  34. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple urgent needs in the kitchen at one time?
  35. Would you consider yourself a creative person?
Authors:
Contributing Author
Rachelle Enns
Recruiter
 
Contributing Author
Diana D'Souza
HR Professional
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Kitchen Manager Information
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.
Kitchen Manager User Submitted Interview Answers
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?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Try and encourage them that they can do it.
2.
By being cheerfull in the workplace and being appreciative of staff members.
3.
Reassure them they are doing a good job and keeping the pace.
4.
Show appreciation and be helpful.
5.
Praise them for the good job that they are doing.
Question 2 of 35
What do you know about our restaurant?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It's one of the top companies to work for in the uk. It serves a great variety of dishes which are exciting and different from near by competitors.
2.
I used to attend this schoolbefore it changed to a special needs school an d that you deal with pupils with social behaviour problems including autism and adhd.
3.
It provides casual and fine dining to guests and I know about the location.
4.
I have been with this company for 25 years.. I know just about everything, most important is to serve our students a great meal in a friendly and timely fashion.
5.
The restaurant is a from scrath restaurant providing great food and customer service.
Question 3 of 35
What appeals to you about the role of kitchen manager?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I feel I'm a great leader and very knowledgeable at managing a workplace environment.
2.
I love the joy, want to earn a good salary. I want to be an effective manager. It's me, my dream.
3.
Because my fellow team mates really like me to lead them.
4.
Because It is what I have a passion for.
5.
It has always been a passion of mine.
Question 4 of 35
How would you describe your work ethic?
Question 5 of 35
We put a lot of emphasis on the cleanliness of our restaurants. How important is cleanliness to you?
Question 6 of 35
Our restaurants are open evenings and weekends. What are your preferred shifts? Do you have any limitations to your availability?
Question 7 of 35
What Food Safety training do you have?
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?
Question 9 of 35
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Question 10 of 35
We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
Question 11 of 35
What are your salary expectations?
Question 12 of 35
How do you feel about performance incentives?
Question 13 of 35
What questions do you have for me?
Question 14 of 35
What unique qualities about yourself would you bring to our company?
Question 15 of 35
How can we motivate you on the job?
Question 16 of 35
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Question 17 of 35
What do you know about our organization?
Question 18 of 35
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
Question 19 of 35
Are you capable of handling disputes in a professional manner? How do you respond to customer complaints?
Question 20 of 35
When have you had to make a split second decision? How do you react under unexpected pressure?
Question 21 of 35
What would your friends say are 3 of your best qualities?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Ambitious, hard working, charismatic, a leader, focused.
2.
Easy going, a people person, a morivator.
3.
Friendly, hard working, respectful young man.
4.
As a hard worker always with good communication skulls and ability to problem solve.
5.
I am laid back, easy going, can get along with anyone. I pick up things quickly and love to teach others what I know, especially on the job.
Question 22 of 35
Walk me through your experience as a kitchen manager.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am confident, know about food preparation and food service, alert, aware of everything going on.
2.
I am very passionate about cooking. I have strong leadership skills and work great under pressure.
3.
I would be good for this post on because I have lead a crew of people before and I know a lot about the kitchen and how to keep it running.
4.
Because of my various experience as a kitchen manager in could implement a vusion of flavors and spices and different techniques.
5.
O have the skills for the job and I motivate those around me to do their best.
Question 23 of 35
If you were to try to take corrective action with an employee, what would be your approach?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would report to management if it was not to do with food.
2.
Right then and there to improve the flow.
3.
I would talked to the employee at the moment. Then the following day I would sit that person down and hand out any diswcipline at that time.
4.
I would have to do it at a time that was convent, I would make sure there was no orders and then pull my employee to the side.
5.
It depends on the reason if was something that was a major food safety hazard then yes straight away if not so serious then it can wait until a quiter period.
Question 24 of 35
How do you see your career progressing within the hospitality industry over the next 3 years?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
To manage a kitchen in a hotel or resort environment.
2.
To learn as much as possible in the cooking industry as possible and someday own my own restaurant.
3.
To have a great staff and the kitchen to run smoothly, and for once achieve our goal and make money.
4.
To be hopefully still part of the team maybe in a more senior position.
5.
My future goals are to continue in the managerial field and one day open my own establisment.
Question 25 of 35
How will you ensure that you are respected and listened to as a kitchen manager?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, I believe I have earned the respect of my team as I have proven how valuable I am.
2.
I hope they do I don't get the impression that are not listening to me.
3.
Yes because I always have posting feedback.
Question 26 of 35
What do you think are the top 3 qualities required to be a successful kitchen manager?
Question 27 of 35
Have you dined with us before? What would you change or improve?
Question 28 of 35
You have discovered that an item on the menu is not selling well. What would you do next?
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?
Question 30 of 35
Tell me about yourself.
Question 31 of 35
What is your greatest weakness?
Question 32 of 35
Clear communication is incredibly important in a kitchen setting. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
Question 33 of 35
How do you show your kitchen staff the importance of communication in the workplace?
Question 34 of 35
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple urgent needs in the kitchen at one time?
Question 35 of 35
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
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