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30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
How do you handle stressful situations?
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How to Answer
Picture yourself making flowers for a wedding cake, squeezing and molding fondant for hours. You prepare the cake exactly as requested by the client, but when they see it, they decide they want something different, and you only have two hours to get it together! As a pastry chef, you must learn to expect the unexpected! There are different types of stress in a job. In this role, you will need to be prepared to change gears at any given moment. You may find yourself kneading dough for two hours and then you're putting the details on the tiniest tarts while managing clients and staff.
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Question 2 of 30
How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
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Picture yourself in the back of the bakery in a tiny kitchen with no windows, tension rising high like the yeast in your sourdough bread! In a high-stress work environment with so many moving parts and people involved, you need to be able to keep your cool. This not only benefits you, but it also helps the morale of your team. When you're asked a question about dealing with conflict or overcoming a challenge, think of an example first. Having a concrete situation to draw from will help you to think through the steps you take to deal with conflict.
Question 3 of 30
Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
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Even though you may have a great relationships with your boss, there will be times where you don't see eye to eye. Think of a conflict or disagreement you had with your boss where responded well, either by suggesting a compromise or taking a calm, relaxed stance when you could have responded in a heated tone. Compromise puts you in a great position with your boss, because it shows your desire to work together and your creative problem solving ability. If you share a situation where you could not find a common ground, discuss how you were willing to share your opinion and also willing to let your boss decide. This shows your humility and willingness to pick your battles, letting the small things slide to focus on more important issues.
Question 4 of 30
Do you work well on a team? Or do you prefer to work on your own?
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How to Answer
When an interviewer asks a question like this, they are really interested in two things:
1) Are you flexible?
2) Can you manage yourself?

As a pastry chef, you will need to collaborate with your team when cooking and planning for meals and events. Working on a team requires you to be open and adaptive to working with people who are different from you. They may have different opinions and work styles. Even while working on a team you will need to be able to manage yourself by managing your time and prioritizing tasks just as you would when working alone. You might consider responding with, "I enjoy working on a team because I love getting input from my co-workers, but I also enjoy working independently." You can even share an example of a good experience you had when working on a team in culinary school or in your most recent restaurant job.
Question 5 of 30
Are you able to work overtime, weekends, and holidays?
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How to Answer
Pastry chefs often work long hours, starting in the wee hours of the morning and sometimes working through the night. You may work a 12-hour day or even multiple shifts in a day, taking breaks in between. Many pastry chefs work with event companies to provide cakes and other treats for weddings, galas, or catering events. Depending on the work environment, expect to work long hours with few breaks, especially before meals. Explain your availability, but be clear that you are willing to work whatever shifts they require. If you're not sure what to expect, ask! Every company is different.
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Writers for Pastry Chef Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Elisabeth Walter
Elisabeth Walter has over five years of experience in the corporate recruiting world. More recently, she has been freelance writing for the past two years. You can reach out to Elisabeth by visiting her LinkedIn profile, at https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisabethwalter/
First written on: 11/20/2014
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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