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Line Cook Sample Job Interview Questions

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Lining Up For The Job

See wanting in a job as a line cook and work in the fast-paced kitchen?  You like busy environments and you like cooking?  Well before you set your sights on getting this fantastic job as a line cook you’ll need to first pass your job interview.  Today I pass a few tips for you to teach you how to answer in a way that will get you noticed by the top restaurants.  In addition we will include a few sample interview questions specifically for a line cook job.  These questions will serve as examples for you and it is intended that you use these questions to help you prepare for your job interview.  This way there’ll be no surprises when you walk into your job interview.

Long-Term Line Cook

I’m not going to talk a lot about the very typical things that employers look for such as previous experience in the kitchen and so forth.  As mentioned earlier we do have questions below that will show you the kind of questions you’ll be asked to assess your kitchen experience.  When can I talk to you about today is the kinds of things that kitchen managers and head chefs and restaurant managers look for is not always known to job applicants.  The most important thing is they look for people who are committed and dedicated.  The number one challenge that restaurant managers face is a high turnover rate with line cooks.  This is the biggest headache that restaurant owners deal with, constantly needing to train new staff which in turn affect food quality and consistency.  Because of this restaurant managers and chefs look for line cooks who will stay in the job for the longer-term.  So how do you use this knowledge to your advantage in your upcoming job interview?  Make sure that you mentioned this in your job interview.  Let the interviewer know that what you’re looking for in this new job is a place to work and learn for the longer-term.  A great phrase to use here is to let them know that you are looking for, “a new family to join” and learn more about cooking which is your passion.  Use words like loyal and dedicated to describe yourself and you will be sure to paint a picture that will help you stand out from the other job applicants.

Line Cook Sample Job Interview Questions


Tell me about some of the proper food handling techniques and food safety guidelines you’ve learned.

We are looking for somebody who has a strong work ethic along with punctuality.  How would your previous employers describe your attendance and work ethic?

Describe your experience with prep-work, cleaning, and working on the line.

This job as line cook will require working on weekends. Can you meet this requirement?

In your view, what is the most important aspect of food prep work?

Tell me a bit more about your background with cooking and preparing food in accordance with menu standards. How do you ensure food quality standards are met?

How do you ensure success when keeping your food station clean in a fast-paced kitchen?

Describe the last time you made a difficult decision on the job as a Line Cook. What facts did you consider? How long did it take you to decide?

What are your standards of success in your job? What have you done to meet these standards as a Line Cook? Give a recent example.

What do you know about following all health and safety guideline?

We operate a very busy pub and restaurant, tell me about fast-past environments in which you have had to work. How did you handle it?