Interview Questions and Answers Kitchen Assistant Interview

Interview Questions and Answers Kitchen Assistant Interview


Often out of 300 kitchen assistant applicants only 6 candidates will be interviewed. In most interviews, but this varies depending on the job sector and employer, you will be asked around 10 questions during a 45 minute interview.

The key to passing job interviews in preparation and practice, this sounds obvious but is often overlooked with the average interviewee spending around only 60 minutes preparing for their job interview.

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10 Interview Questions and Answers for:

A Kitchen Assistant



      • Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Here you must summarise your experience “I have over 10 years experience in catering” before giving more details “for the last 2 years I have worked at….” Keep this answer about your employment history and your work ethic, not your hobbies and interest.



      • Why do you want to work as a Kitchen Assistant?

Employers are looking for retention. Here you need to show your passion for this position and exaplin how you are excited to be working in this sector. If an employer believes this is a job stepping stone for you, they will presume that you will leaave once you find a more suitable position and not offer you the job position.

      • What do you think are the main duties of a Kitchen Assistant?


This question is to test your knowledge base. If you are capable of this role, you will know the main duties. To answer this question, list a few duties and make them relevant to past roles “you have to A, B and C in my last role I (give example) …”





  • What experience and qualifications do you have?


Open with a confident line “Im a qualified and highly experienced kitchen assistant…” and follow this with more detail “I have a food hygiene certificate as well as a Btec Level 3 in catering….”


  • Do you prefer working in a team or alone?

The kitchen role is team based. The employer is looking for someone who will fit in with the current team. You need to highlight how you are a team player and what ypou would bring to the team.


  • Describe what you think a daily routine would be like, working in a kitchen?

Often in the kitchen you will follow a routine; unloading, prepping food, clearing away, opening up, cooking and serving. This question is to check your knowledge base of a routine in a kitchen. Give an example from a previous position.



  • If you prepared a meal and the customer didn’t like it, what actions would you take to resolve the issue?


Situational interview questions like this one are designed to check what you would do (or have done previously if you use an real life example interview answer) To answer this question give 3 steps – I would A, B and C, ensuring that your answer focues on customer service and customer satisfaction.



  • What is your understanding of kitchen hygiene?

Food Hygiene is key in a kitchen. Give a detailed answer here of your knowledge and the reason why you use certain chemicals, storing processes, hygiene processes.



  • Do you have any questions for me?

Good questions to ask interviewers at the end of the job interview include questions on the company growth or expansion, questions on personal development and training and questions on company values, staff retention and company achievements.


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