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Top 25 Line Cook Interview Questions

Question 1 of 26
Describe your experience with prep-work, cleaning, and working on the line.
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"A large part of the line cook role is setting up a station for the day. Food preparation and cleaning happen hand in hand to ensure the shift runs smoothly."
Answer example, "A large part of the line cook role is setting up a station for the day. Food preparation and cleaning happen hand in hand to ensure the shift runs smoothly."
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Question 2 of 26
How do you handle complaints about meals you have prepared?
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"While some line cooks might take complaints personally, I do what I do to make sure my clients are having a pleasant meal experience. If they are not happy, I will listen to the complaint and come up with solutions to resolve them. If meat is over or under cooked, and we did not get it right the first time, I will work quickly to prepare the meal again in hopes to get it right. Depending on the situation, I will work with the server to provide a discount on the meal ticket or suggest alternative meals they might like. There have been times I have personally delivered the corrected meal and brought it out to share my apologies for not hitting it on the mark the first time!"
Answer example, "While some line cooks might take complaints personally, I do what I do to make sure my clients are having a pleasant meal experience. If they are not happy, I will listen to the complaint and come up with solutions to resolve them. If meat is over or under cooked, and we did not get it right the first time, I will work quickly to prepare the meal again in hopes to get it right. Depending on the situation, I will work with the server to provide a discount on the meal ticket or suggest alternative meals they might like. There have been times I have personally delivered the corrected meal and brought it out to share my apologies for not hitting it on the mark the first time!"
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Question 3 of 26
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
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Question 4 of 26
Do you work well on a team?
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Question 5 of 26
What do you know about our restaurant?
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Question 6 of 26
Tell me about a time when you had to work at a steady pace putting things in sequence. What did you do? What happened when you got tired?
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Question 7 of 26
Describe the last time you made a difficult decision on the job as a Line Cook. What facts did you consider? How long did it take you to decide?
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Question 8 of 26
If you have different orders and you are on the line alone, how will you manage that?
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Question 9 of 26
Why did you choose this profession?
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Question 10 of 26
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
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Question 11 of 26
What strategies do you apply in order to keep yourself organized?
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Question 12 of 26
Do you think a cook needs mathematical skills?
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Question 13 of 26
Are you efficient with your time?
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Question 14 of 26
Why should we hire you?
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Question 15 of 26
How many hours can you stand on your feet without a break?
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Question 16 of 26
Why did you choose to become a Line Cook?
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Question 17 of 26
What do you like best about being a Line Cook?
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Question 18 of 26
What do you like least about being a Line Cook?
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Question 19 of 26
What are your greatest strengths?
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Question 20 of 26
What are your greatest weaknesses?
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Question 21 of 26
How are your communication skills?
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Question 22 of 26
Do you work well under pressure?
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Question 23 of 26
How do you deal with heavy loads of stress?
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Question 24 of 26
How did you fill downtime at your last job?
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Question 25 of 26
Think about the last time your manager critiqued your work. How did you respond?
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Question 26 of 26
Explain a time when you faced a difficult situation and how you dealt with it?
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Question 1 of 26
Describe your experience with prep-work, cleaning, and working on the line.
User-Submitted Answers
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I have worked in a kitchen for 5 years! When I open the kitchen I have to prep all food ready for when we open! I also schedule all cleaning for the back of house! I enjoy being on grill.
Question 2 of 26
How do you handle complaints about meals you have prepared?
Question 3 of 26
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I have a passion for cooking, willing to learn and grow.
Question 4 of 26
Do you work well on a team?
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How did you fill down time at your last job?
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How did you fill down time at your last job?
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How do you handle complaints about meals you have prepared?
Question 5 of 26
What do you know about our restaurant?
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I am not sure which restaurant I will be working in it hired, as there are various restaurants here.
Question 6 of 26
Tell me about a time when you had to work at a steady pace putting things in sequence. What did you do? What happened when you got tired?
Question 7 of 26
Describe the last time you made a difficult decision on the job as a Line Cook. What facts did you consider? How long did it take you to decide?
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When a new cook repeatedly sent out raw burgers, after me showing him how to cook them, I had to make the decision to take him off grill as orders were getting backed up, had to rearrange all other cooks to cover his position. Spoke with him after to explain the reason why I took him off grill.
Question 8 of 26
If you have different orders and you are on the line alone, how will you manage that?
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Prioritize which order came in by time placed and look to see if newer orders require more cooking time.
Question 9 of 26
Why did you choose this profession?
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Food is my passion and I enjoy experimenting with different flavors.
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My passion for cooking and eagerness to learn and grow.
Question 10 of 26
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Question 11 of 26
What strategies do you apply in order to keep yourself organized?
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I make a daily list of jobs and prioritize them to ensure all prep work and other back of house duties are completed in a timely manner.
Question 12 of 26
Do you think a cook needs mathematical skills?
Question 13 of 26
Are you efficient with your time?
Question 14 of 26
Why should we hire you?
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I am eager and willing to learn, I have a positive attitude, energetic and have high expectations of myself.
Question 15 of 26
How many hours can you stand on your feet without a break?
Question 16 of 26
Why did you choose to become a Line Cook?
Question 17 of 26
What do you like best about being a Line Cook?
Question 18 of 26
What do you like least about being a Line Cook?
User-Submitted Answers
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I enjoy all aspects of being a line cook.
Question 19 of 26
What are your greatest strengths?
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Work well under pressure, pay attention to detail.
Question 20 of 26
What are your greatest weaknesses?
Question 21 of 26
How are your communication skills?
User-Submitted Answers
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I feel my communication skills are solid.
Question 22 of 26
Do you work well under pressure?
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I'm the kind of person who stays calm under pressure, and handles stress fairly easily.
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I believe I do tackling one task at a time.
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Yes, I feel I work well under pressure and try to keep morale up.
Question 23 of 26
How do you deal with heavy loads of stress?
User-Submitted Answers
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Focus is the main point. Never allow it to get to your head and take over, learn how to manage and always maintain a sense of urgency.
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I react to situations, rather than to stress. That way, the situation is handled and doesn't become stressful.
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I make sure I remember whats expected and always remember its a job.
Question 24 of 26
How did you fill downtime at your last job?
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Cleaning,Filling up and prepping for future orders, you never know when a rush point will come in, You have to be filled and prepared for multiple orders.
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I would cleaning the kitchen and look over kitchen to what things that could be done.
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I did the by prepping for upcoming assignments and tidying up my work area.
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Clean, reorganize cooler, freezer, stock room.
Question 25 of 26
Think about the last time your manager critiqued your work. How did you respond?
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I took the Critique as a positive advice to improve my work and my self.
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I stayed in a clam manner and I worked it out with the manager to see how I could make it better and learn from it.
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I responded positively since I knew I was learning.
Question 26 of 26
Explain a time when you faced a difficult situation and how you dealt with it?
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I can't seem to think of any difficult situations.

About Line Cook

March 19th, 2017

A line cook is an entry level position in a restaurant. Line cooks work under a sous chef or head chef in most kitchen. They do most of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen under the supervision of the chef. In smaller kitchens, a line cook may be expected to handle various tasks in the kitchen but in larger kitchens, each line cook is usually assigned one particular station and they take full responsibility for it, whether it is attending to the grill station, marinating, cutting, precooking or working in the veg prep area.
There are no formal education or training requirements to become a line cook but completing a culinary arts program could pave the way for higher starting salary and advancement opportunities. You must have some basic cooking and prepping knowledge to work as a line cook. In addition, you must also be able to follow instructions exactly so that the meal turns out exactly as the chef envisioned it.

Most line cook interviews are conducted jointly by the sous chef or head chef and the restaurant manager or owner. Chefs are extremely particular about the line cook working under them and will ask you questions that will help them assess your efficiency in the kitchen. Do you have experience working with large-sized kitchen? What duties did you perform in your earlier experiences working as a line cook? Do you know the difference between different cooking techniques? Do you know how to braise, broil, sear and pan fry? If your earlier experiences were all with smaller kitchens, take some time to expand your knowledge. Also, read through line cook mock interview questions to get a better idea of what types of questions to expect at your line cook interview.

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