Prepare for Your Job Interview

During interviews, employers ask tough questions to which they expect detailed answers. Fortunately employers tend to ask the same types of questions and it’s possible to prepare for them.

For example, they’ll ask what projects you’ve undertaken. You might respond by acknowledging that the workplace is a team environment and that any project you were involved with, was a team effort. That said, deadlines, difficult people and pressure become potential foci for the project you choose to discuss. Use the story to show how your role evolved and how the project  had a winning result that reflected well on you, your team and the company.

To position yourself as the BEST candidate for the job

  • Write up a list of projects, people, dates, and outcomes that reflect your training and work history.
  • Package each situation to provide a positive spin. Even dismal mistakes should be packaged to show a glint of how well you operate under pressure and recover from failure.
  • Package your work experience so that it’s a perfect fit for the job in question.
  • Don’t be afraid to use words and phrases that show you know the terminology.
  • Share your passion for the culinary arts.

Review your answers before the interview.

Popular Questions Interviewers Ask

You can prepare yourself for the interview and the job by answering the following questions.

  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • Have you ever been fired?
  • Can you explain this gap in your employment history?
  • Why do you want to work here?
    Explain where the job fits in your career, without suggesting its a temporary stop-gap
  • Have you ever had problems with a supervisor or a coworker?
    Describe an awkward situation that had a good resolution and describe how you got from failure to success
  • Describe a time when you were not satisfied with your own performance.
    Explain the situation and what you did about it.
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
    Choose a weakness that some people might regard as a strength, for example, an obsessive dedication to excellence
  • Describe a problem you faced on a previous job.
    Describe a problem you were able to solve and explain how you solved it.
  • What are your long-range career objectives, and what steps have you taken toward obtaining them?
    Explain that your training and this job are two of the steps that take you there.
  • Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
  • What do you do when people disagree with your ideas?
  • Tell me about an important written document you were required to complete?
  • What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
  • What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
  • What are your expectations regarding promotions and salary increases?

You’ll also have to counter some negative blanket statements like these:

  • You don’t have the right kind of  / enough  experience.
  • You may be overqualified or too experienced for the position.

Answering Questions

Remember, the goal is to put a good spin on your situation, show you understand the job, and present yourself as the BEST candidate.

Remember that every time you are asked a question, you have a right to ask one. Use the questions as an opportunity to talk up your skills, illustrated with an example, and then ask a question that allows the interviewer to tell you more about the job. It shows your interest.

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