Sous Chef Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Sous Chef interview, here are 39 interview questions and answer examples.

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When have you made a suggestion to the executive chef before? How was your suggestion received?

"Just recently I made a suggested menu change to our executive chef. I was sure to gather data and feedback from our customers, and also created a solution before coming to the chef. Because I was able to come to him with meaning, research, and passion behind my suggestion - he took it really well and we implemented the change."

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39 Sous Chef Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. When have you made a suggestion to the executive chef before? How was your suggestion received?

  • 2. What is the most difficult part of being a Sous Chef?

  • 3. What is your favorite food to eat?

  • 4. What do you do to stay educated about new food trends?

  • 5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • 6. What do you do to ensure the quality of the food going out is always up to par?

  • 7. Tell me something you would like to learn or improve upon.

  • 8. What are your qualifications as a sous chef?

  • 9. When have you led employees before? Why was it necessary for you to lead in that situation and how do you believe your leadership skills were?

  • 10. When have you resolved a conflict with a kitchen helper?

  • 11. What do you like most about being a Sous Chef?

  • 12. Are you experienced in giving feedback to junior staff such as kitchen helpers?

  • 13. What steps do you take to ensure safety in the kitchen?

  • 14. How closely do you adhere to food safety guidelines and regulation?

  • 15. Have you ever been part of a food and safety health audit?

  • 16. What steps do you follow to ensure that food is not wasted?

  • 17. Have you ever been part of planning a food budget and menu?

  • 18. Can you offer flexibility in your schedule for overtime, weekends and some holidays?

  • 19. Tell me about your record of attendance and punctuality in your past positions.

  • 20. What is your favorite cuisine to cook?

  • 21. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

  • 22. What was your biggest disappointment as a sous chef?

  • 23. How do you evaluate success?

  • 24. Have you ever been overloaded with work?

  • 25. What individual has had the greatest influence on you?

  • 26. Give me a time when you had to set an important goal in the past and tell me about your success reaching it.

  • 27. Why are you the best candidate for us?

  • 28. What do you know about our kitchen?

  • 29. What are your career goals as a Sous Chef?

  • 30. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Sous Chef?

  • 31. What was your greatest accomplishment as a sous chef?

  • 32. Tell me about your experience in the food industry.

  • 33. How would your former employer describe you?

  • 34. What do you know about flattop, grill, and saute stations?

  • 35. How do you ensure success when working with a Chef and/or a Kitchen Manager?

  • 36. Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a Sous Chef position?

  • 37. How do you handle stressful situations?

  • 38. What is your greatest career accomplishment?

  • 39. Are you an efficient worker?