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Interview Preparation


Interview Check List

Please find below some useful tips on how to prepare for your Interview:

  • Research and find out about the employer and their business
  • Interview Day - where, when, who
  • Prepare yourself - to make the right impression
  • The Interview - how you are going to approach it?
  • What not to do during the Interview


Research before the Interview

You should research and find out as much as possible about the employer and his business:

  • The details of the role applied for, e.g. job description
  • The type and style of catering service provided to / required by the host client, e.g. restaurant / bistro
  • What is likely to be required of you and how you would fit into the role
  • Prepare to talk about what you have done in the past that is appropriate
  • Think about possible new ideas you could offer
  • If possible find out about the host client's business

You may also find more information by searching the Internet and looking at website for the Companies involved.


Interview Day

You should prepare the following to plan your journey to the Interview:

  • Confirm the correct date and time
  • Confirm the location of the Interview and how to get there (we will send you details and a map of the area)
    Note: You may not be interviewed at the host client site in the first instance.
  • Check times of trains/buses
  • If going by road allow plenty of time to find the Interview location
  • Car parking - most locations have car parking or nearby public parking
  • Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time
  • Take any portfolio materials with you, e.g. achievements, menus, photographs, etc

Chefs Direct will provide the relevant interview details in writing, including a client contact number.


Prepare Yourself

You should spend some time on preparing "yourself" for the Interview:

  • Wear smart clothing appropriate for the position applied for
  • Pay special attention to personal dress and grooming, hair, hands & nails, shoes, tights for women
  • For women, keep make-up neat and simple and wear a minimum of jewellery
  • Prepare a list of questions that you want answers to. An interview is a 2 way communication
  • Think about the interview and consider your answers to a range of possible questions you may be asked
  • Be prepared to outline you understanding of the role
  • Consider the people you will be interviewed by, their role; e.g. manager, area manager, host-client
  • Take along with you, interview details, a copy of your CV, your portfolio materials, notebook and pen

Chefs Direct will provide you more advice if necessary.


The Interview

You should:

  • Arrive early at the correct place and ask for the relevant contact
  • Smile and be confident, upon initial contact and at the end of the interview
  • Be polite and friendly
  • Show interest in the interviewer and listen to their comments and their questions
  • Think before answering and be honest
  • Give clear concise answers, give examples of achievements where possible
  • Also ask if they would like you to expand on any point
  • Ask questions if you are not sure or want to clarify points
  • Be enthusiastic and demonstrate confidence in what you can do
  • At the end of the interview re-affirm your interest in the position


You Should NOT:

Try to avoid the following where possible:

  • Smoking, chewing gum / sweets
  • Fidgeting, sloughing, cross / uncross arms and legs
  • Interrupt questions
  • Use too many jargon words
  • Re-act too emotionally to some questions
  • Be negative about current/past employer and colleagues

Finally after you interview, call Chefs Direct to let us know what you thought about the interview, so that we can confirm you interest in the position.


Likely interview Questions

  • Why are you leaving your present job?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What motivates you?
  • Tell me about your day-to-day tasks?
  • How do you motivate your team?
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • What do you think of your current employer?
  • What do you do outside of work?
  • Which position have you enjoyed the most on your CV?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • What have been your major achievements in life?
  • What questions do you have for us?

It is common practice for interviews to ask for examples it is good to have a few in mind when the interview takes place.

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