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One of the largest industries in the U.K., the food and restaurant industry has many exciting career opportunities available for a wide range of candidates. Whether your passion lies in sales, finance, marketing, or production, you can find a job that fits in this industry. JobTestPrep is here to help you learn about the pre-employment assessments and interviews that you will encounter during your job search.


What Is the Hiring Process for Jobs in the Restaurant and Food Industry?

Pre-employment screening in the restaurant and food industry is often composed of assessments such as psychometric tests, interviews, and assessment days. Below you can find an outline of the application process for many jobs at top companies in this industry.

  1. Apply Online: You can apply for jobs through a job board, LinkedIn, or the company website. You can expect that the online application will require you to submit your CV and a cover letter. You may also need to answer competency questions which will ask you to describe situations in which you displayed job-specific skills and abilities. 
  2. Online Tests: If the company is interested in your application, you will be sent a link to an online test. The most popular tests used by the food and restaurant industry include logical reasoning tests, numerical reasoning tests, personality tests, and situational judgment tests. You can read more about these evaluations below.
  3. Interview: Candidates who achieve a high score on their psychometric tests will be invited to an interview. This is usually an experience- and competency-based interview, in which you can expect questions similar to those found in the preliminary application. For sample questions, see the section on interviews below. The interview may be conducted in-person at the company’s office, or it may be an online interview or video (Skype) interview.
  4. Assessment Centre: This is the final stage of the hiring process, and often the most nerve-wracking for applicants. At the assessment centre, you will complete a number of tasks together with other applicants. Assessment days often begin with a presentation, followed by a case study, group exercise, and psychometric tests. At the end of the day, you will likely have an interview in which you will be asked to reflect on your performance and note areas for improvement. It is important to to attempt to provide an honest assessment of your performance. If you feel that you did not perform to the best of your ability, you should explain why and how you would avoid such mistakes if hired.

Food and Restaurant Interview Preparation

To get ready for your interview at a company in the restaurant and food industry, you should prepare answers to these popular interview questions.

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Tell me about a time that you worked in a team.
  • Describe your approach to time management.
  • Do you believe that you possess leadership qualities and why?
  • How would you react if you had a disagreement with a colleague?
  • Can you manage multiple projects at once?

 

Practise for Your Pre-Employment Assessments

Pre-employment assessments are very common in the restaurant and food industry because they enable employers to differentiate between employees in an unbiased, quantifiable manner. These are the most common evaluations used by restaurant and food employers:

  • Logical Reasoning Tests: These exams measure your inductive and deductive reasoning skills.
  • Numerical Reasoning Tests: These tests evaluate your ability to work with information in the form of equations, graphs, and tables.
  • Personality Tests: These tests examine you work-related behaviours and attitudes to allow employers to determine if you would be a good fit for their company.
  • Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs): These evaluations are often administered to candidates for customer service or managerial roles. The questions describe various work-related scenarios and you must choose the answer that best describes how you would act in any given situation.

If you want to pass your tests confidently and get hired, JobTestPrep's tailored study materials will help you get ready for your exams and interviews and maximise your chances of getting hired.