Friday, April 27, 2018

Preparing for Your First Chef Interview

Preparing to interview for any job or position can often be a nerve-wracking experience. It is one of those situations where we are in a particularly vulnerable state, and when we are naturally at our most nervous. After all, the entire purpose of an interview is to be judged by a complete stranger. This is not something that any of us enjoys at the best of times. When we are also facing the pressure of looking for employment, it becomes an even worse scenario.

However, if you are passionate about cooking and believe that you have real talent in the kitchen, don’t let this put you off applying. As long as you take the time to prepare, and make sure you understand exactly what you are letting yourself in for, applying to be a chef should be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking.

Make Your Resume Shine

If you are looking for interview tips, it is possible that you have already turned in a resume. Even if you have already landed an interview on the basis of your current resume, nothing is guaranteed. You may find yourself applying for jobs again soon. In any case, it is worth taking some time to ensure that your resume is up to scratch.

Your interview will go a lot smoother if you provide enough information on your resume for your interviewer to be able to ask you some questions about you as a person. Every resume should include a covering letter and a personal statement, but these are often overlooked. Have a look at this Project Manager cover letter PDF for an idea of what you should include in your cover letter.

Do Your Research

You can never know too much about the place you are applying to work at. The more you know about the business, the more it will demonstrate to potential employers how serious you are. It will also demonstrate to them that you are diligent and that you have an attention to detail, both skills which are important in the kitchen.

Dress to Impress

First impressions count for a lot at any job interview. You want the clothes you wear to convey the right message. Think about the kind of person you would want to see walking through your door if the roles were reversed. You don’t have to go overboard, but make sure you are looking as neat and smart as you can.

Be Prepared to Talk About Food

Naturally, the interviewer may well want to know what you think about food and what you know about various cuisines. Make sure that you are prepared to talk about all of this and talk about it in a way that shows you are passionate about the subject.

Be Prepared for Rejection

Remember, nothing is guaranteed. You cannot be certain that you’ll manage to land any job until after you’ve signed the contract. Rejection shouldn’t put you off. Instead, it should motivate you to keep trying. Don’t give up and sooner or later you’ll find the perfect chef’s job for you.

Interviewing for a job is very rarely a fun process, but it is a lot easier when you take the time to prepare beforehand. As long as you do this, your interview should be a smooth and painless process.

1 delicious comments:

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

These are awesome tips sis! You really have to prepare when applying for any job position to make sure you land the job.

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