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Line Cook Interview Questions

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  1. What type of culinary training have you had in the past? What sets you apart? See answer
  2. What types of cuisine have you worked with most extensively in the past? See answer
  3. What were some of your most difficult experiences in your last restaurant? How did you overcome them? See answer
  4. What has been your experience working with others in a fast-paced kitchen environment? See answer
  5. Do you place priority on food being done on time or food being prepared to the customer’s specifications? See answer
  6. What has been one of your challenges as a line cook and how have you learned from it? See answer
  7. Which dish have you specialized that exemplifies your creativity in the kitchen?
  8. What communication skills do you use to inform your team on low ingredients so they understand limited availability?
  9. Can you describe a time you had to handle a conflict with a colleague?
  10. What steps do you take to ensure a successful shift change?
  11. Can you describe a time you received negative feedback from a customer and how you remedied the situation?
  12. What are the differences between broiling, braising and frying?
  13. How do you prioritize your work when you have multiple menu items to complete?
  14. What are the three top characteristics of an ideal colleague to work within the kitchen?
  15. How do you handle high workloads and stressful situations?
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6 Line Cook Interview Questions and Answers

Q:

What type of culinary training have you had in the past? What sets you apart?

A:

You want to work with candidates who have extensive experience in their industry. When you do not have to worry about wasting time or money training your line cook, you can look forward to them immediately diving into the workplace. Asking about what sets them apart from other applicants will let you see how they can add to your restaurant environment beyond offering the expected skills. What to look for in an answer:

  • Proven experience in the industry
  • At least some vocational training
  • Elective skills that demonstrate versatility
Example:

“I have an associate’s degree in culinary arts. Many of my ideas for dishes became daily or seasonal specials at my last restaurant.”

Q:

What types of cuisine have you worked with most extensively in the past?

A:

Depending on your restaurant’s focus, you may want someone with a specific type of culinary training. If the potential line cook has worked extensively with American cuisine, you may want them for your American or fusion restaurant. Do not be afraid to get specific and see if their expertise is expansive enough that they can blend cuisines in a creative way or use crossover techniques. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience working with desired cuisines
  • Adaptability when it comes to recipes and practices
  • Dedication to a style
Example:

“I have a lengthy background in sushi and Japanese cuisine. I have recently been learning French techniques, which I have used to create fusion dishes.”

Q:

What were some of your most difficult experiences in your last restaurant? How did you overcome them?

A:

You want to make sure that your potential candidate can thrive in a fast-paced working environment, and learning more about how they have overcome difficulty in the past can help you build a better image of them working with you. Getting service out on time in a high-turnover restaurant can be stressful, and this question will give you a sense of the candidate’s time management skills and ability to follow procedures. What to look for in an answer:

  • Ability to keep up with high-speed demands with consistent quality levels
  • Prioritizes tasks and follows through in a timely manner
  • A strong understanding of restaurant protocol
Example:

“Things always got busy around dinnertime. I organized my station at the beginning of each shift to meet quality levels during high demand times.”

Q:

What has been your experience working with others in a fast-paced kitchen environment?

A:

No employee is an island. When your potential line cook is going to be working in a restaurant environment, you need to make sure that they can work well with others. Not only should they have specific knowledge of working in a kitchen, but they should also have at least some background in team-building and organization so as to better provide you with long-term contingencies in all restaurant situations. What to look for in an answer:

  • Previous experience working in a team
  • Amiable nature with other employees
  • Ability to coordinate cooking efforts to maximize results
Example:

“Working with others during dinner rushes taught me how to communicate needs, delegate tasks and synchronize my workflow with those around me.”

Q:

Do you place priority on food being done on time or food being prepared to the customer’s specifications?

A:

This gives you insight into your candidate’s character. You want them to understand that food preparation done right is the highest priority, especially in an establishment that prides itself on quality. There is almost never a situation where speed will be preferable to how well the food was prepared. You can also learn about the line cook’s past experiences with this decision. What to look for in an answer:

  • Dedication to a degree of quality
  • Knowledge of different types of foods and preparations
  • Commitment to service at all times
Example:

“Food should always be done right instead of fast. If the food is done poorly, you’ll lose more time when it’s sent back.”

Q:

What has been one of your challenges as a line cook and how have you learned from it?

A:

A skilled candidate should have the ability to reflect on their experiences and learn from them. A candidate who uses adversity as an opportunity for growth would be an asset to have around. An experienced line cook does not need to be trained and takes advantage of the prior knowledge they have acquired to work more efficiently and productively. Their response can give you an understanding of their ability to adapt to different situations. The candidate's response should emphasize:

  • Resilience
  • Flexibility
  • Previous experience
A response to this question may look like this:
Example:

"When I first started as a line cook, I struggled with keeping an organized area and that affected my ability to get orders out on time. I particularly struggled during the dinner rush because our menu for dinner was very diverse. After a few days, I was able to fall into a routine where I could take a few moments to organize my area at the start of the shift. It fell right before the dinner rush, and this helped me keep all of my ingredients and tools readily available. I minimized the time I took to prepare involved dishes and was able to help our servers get plates out faster because of this small adjustment to my routine."

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