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Shift Leader Interview Questions

30 Shift Leader Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Do you enjoy the challenge of more responsibilities?
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Give your interviewer confidence in you by expressing your enthusiasm for challenges and explaining your process for overcoming challenges. This is a good chance to show off a solid work ethic. Leaders are expected to be well-aligned with the company's needs.

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"I love having more responsibilities because it means that I can have a bigger positive impact on the company. I see challenges as ways for me to grow and add value to the company."
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Question 2 of 30
What will you offer us, as a shift leader, that others may not?
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If possible, give some context about an uncommon experience that you may have had or highlight a special achievement that utilized a particular skill that you developed from outside this industry.

Otherwise, choose 1-3 character traits and connect them to actions that would benefit the company.

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"I do a lot of volunteering at the hospital, and I learned how to be very empathetic and how to peacefully manage a negative situation. I'm also very positive, I genuinely care about the people I'm leading, and I'm very organized. What that means is that my team will be motivated to do their work, and that there's going to be better performance due to the fact that there's less wasted time and effort. I also set a good example on how to be compassionate, which leads to faster resolution times."
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Question 3 of 30
As a shift leader you must have great communication skills. What would your previous manager or supervisor say about your communication style?
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Give 2-3 qualities that describe your communication style and give a brief example of what you would say in order to demonstrate those qualities. In general, a leader should give clear directions to ensure that the team members can be held accountable.

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"She would say that I'm very concise and clear. I give directions to my team by stating the outcome I need and by when. I also check in to see if they understand how to do it. That way, if something isn't done, I can hold them accountable."
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Question 4 of 30
Give me an example of when you led by example.
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'Leading by example' is a broad concept. Whether or not it involves a task, your outlook and mindset is the key to successful leadership.

Choose a scenario where you were able to take actions for your team members to model. Describe the situation. Then talk about the actions you took and how you turned the situation into a teachable moment. If possible, follow through with a positive long-term outcome, such as a change in the team member's performance.

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"One time, a team member was getting frustrated at a customer. I noticed the expression on his face, so I politely stepped in. I positioned myself across from my team member so that he could see me talking to the customer. I made sure to have very positive body language: I had a smile on my face, I had a relaxed and open posture, and my tone of voice was friendly and caring. After the customer was taken care of, I had a chat with the team member. I approached it as positive teaching moment. I also found out that he was having issues in his personal life. I was able to help him out with that in a small way and I earned his loyalty and respect, which led to him being a much more enthusiastic team member."
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Describe a time when you facilitated a creative solution to a problem between two employees.
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Depending on the organization's culture, you may wish to focus on the creative aspect of a solution. Use your best judgment. If you don't have a creative solution to talk about, then simply highlight your conflict resolution ability.

Do this by laying out the two employees' stances: what were they in conflict about? Show the actions you took, making sure to mention your judicious use of listening. End with the resolution you arrived at and the lasting impact on the team.

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"We had two team members who were accusing each other of being the one who got the whole team in trouble for not cleaning up after themselves in the break room. They were the only two people who last used the break room. To encourage teamwork, I told them that they had to come to an agreement on a next step: [list options]. I told them they had 15 minutes to come to an agreement. They couldn't come to an agreement, so I had both of them clean the break room with me for a week."
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About Shift Leader

September 14th, 2018

Shift leaders take charge of a shift when the manager is off duty. This post is generally applicable to the restaurant industry, particular to fast food establishments. On the job, shift leaders are responsible for managing the staff in their department. They allocate responsibilities, ensure that every employee is performing their tasks efficiently, oversee the overall cleanliness in the kitchen and ensure that quality control standards are strictly adhered to in all aspects in the kitchen and in the dining area. In addition, shift leaders also stock supplies, reset tables, clean tables and counters and handle the cash register. They also interact with diners to ensure that they are satisfied.

There are no minimum qualification requirements. A high school diploma is enough to get you hired as a shift leader. However, you must have certain skills and attributes to be able to do this job efficiently. You must be able to multitask, think on your feet and be able to lead a team of staff. You must also have outstanding customer service and problem-solving skills. This can be a physically demanding job requiring you to spend long hours on your feet especially on weekends and holidays.

Most employers will provide on the job training so newly hired shift leaders can familiarize themselves with the restaurant's policies and methods. At the interview, you will be asked if you've had any experience working in a restaurant before. The interviewer will want to know if you are aware of exactly what the job entails. Reading through shift leader mock interview questions will help you anticipate what questions you are likely to be asked so you can prepare your answers in advance.