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Caterer Interview Questions

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  1. What experience have you had in the field of hospitality? See answer
  2. How do you handle high-pressure situations and deal with on-the-job stress? See answer
  3. How would you handle a difficult client or one of his or her guests? See answer
  4. What is your food handling experience, including preparation, serving, storing and cleanup? See answer
  5. What are the details of a party you’ve planned, including what you served, how you decorated and guest response? See answer
  6. Tell me about your knowledge of food handling. See answer
  7. Tell me about an event you handled where the client didn’t like the food. How did you manage the situation and what lessons did you take away from the incident?
  8. Can you create a menu? What is your method of creating a menu?
  9. Imagine a situation where only half of your services made it to an event. What would you do to ensure that guests get the best experience?
  10. Have you ever taken a job where you had to cater for a major event at short notice? How did you handle the job and did you encounter any problems?
  11. List the equipment you would need to prepare and serve food at an event.
  12. Do you have experience hiring kitchen and service staff?
  13. Considering the high turnover rate in the food service industry, how do you find servers at short notice?
  14. What are the protocols that must be followed to serve alcohol at an event?
  15. What unique skills and competencies qualify you for this role?
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6 Caterer Interview Questions and Answers

Q:

What experience have you had in the field of hospitality?

A:

Catering is primarily a hospitality job. From the taste of the food to its presentation, the success of a caterer is wholly dependent on the guests’ experience. If a candidate hasn’t worked in food service, in particular, it helps if he or she at least has some customer service experience. This lets you know a candidate understands how to put the customer’s needs first.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience serving and dealing with customers
  • A desire to serve others and a willingness to put others’ needs first
  • An amiable and engaging demeanor

Example:

“I started out as a hotel housekeeper and worked my way all the way up to floor manager. I loved ensuring guests left satisfied.”

Q:

How do you handle high-pressure situations and deal with on-the-job stress?

A:

Catering involves intense planning and the coordination of many moving parts. You must meet many deadlines before the event and, at the event, spend hours on your feet ensuring that everything goes right. Throughout the event, various unforeseen things can crop up at any point. How a caterer candidate navigates these unavoidable pressures and manages his or her stress levels is a major measure of their suitability for the job.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Ability to manage stress and stay focused and organized
  • Calm and poised demeanor
  • Experience in high-pressure situations

Example:

“As a former hotel floor manager, I’m experienced with planning events and adhering to schedules, standing for hours in public and keeping calm and focused in crises.”

Q:

How would you handle a difficult client or one of his or her guests?

A:

Catering an event always doubles as an audition to cater the next event. The impression you, as the caterer, make with clients and their guests is therefore paramount. If anyone in attendance complains to you or presents you with an issue, solving it must take precedence without interfering with the flow of the event. This takes a careful balance of planning, coordination and communication.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Listening and communication abilities
  • Quick-thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Patience, courteousness and compassion for others

Example:

“I’d find a quiet place and hear the person out. If I could provide help, I would. If not, I’d seek someone who could.”

Q:

What is your food handling experience, including preparation, serving, storing and cleanup?

A:

Handling food is not like handling other products, as there are certain health and safety considerations to keep in mind at all times. All food service workers, including caterers, are required to abide by local, state and federal government food safety and public health guidelines, including wearing protective clothing like hair nets and storing food properly to prevent spoilage and contamination.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Awareness of public health and food safety guidelines
  • Commitment to maintaining a clean and sanitary environment
  • Personal health and hygiene

Example:

“I was a chef at a high-traffic lunch counter where people constantly passed around germs. I learned fast to apply health and safety guidelines strictly.”

Q:

What are the details of a party you’ve planned, including what you served, how you decorated and guest response?

A:

Catering and party planning have a great deal in common. By asking a caterer candidate to describe a party he or she planned, whether successful or not, you can see where the person put his or her attention and how creative and/or practical his or her focus was. For example, was the food unique and theme-specific or was it economical and easy to make en masse?

What to look for in an answer:

  • Creativity in designing event-specific meals and presentations
  • Practicality and realistic planning
  • The ability to effectively execute on an idea

Example:

“I threw my parents their 50th anniversary party, handling everything from the menu to setting the space. Everyone left with full bellies and smiles.”

Q:

Tell me about your knowledge of food handling.

A:

Caterers must be knowledgeable about every aspect of food handling, including following and enforcing food safety and public health regulations. Interviewers use this question to determine how well a caterer candidate understands and follows health and food safety guidelines. A skilled caterer candidate's answer should demonstrate in-depth knowledge of food handling practices to prevent food poisoning and ensure guests get an excellent dining experience at events.

A candidate's answer should emphasize:

  • Knowledge of food health and safety guidelines
  • Use of protective gear
  • How to prepare food to deliver superior guest experience

An answer to this question could look like this:

Example:

“As a caterer, I understand it is my duty to stay up to date with government food health and safety regulations. For every event I handle, I ensure that the kitchen area is always clean and under the highest sanitary standards. Kitchen staff must wear hair nets, gloves and other protective equipment to prevent contamination. I also ensure that we source our food ingredients from reliable vendors and store them properly to prevent spoilage and waste.”

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