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Temporary to Permanent
Restaurant/ Food Service
The interview is a meeting to ensure you are the right candidate for the job. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions to ensure this opportunity is the right one for you. Being prepared for the interview will ensure a meaningful exchange of information.
Your interview at Diversified Staffing Services is the first step in your interview process. This is a screening interview to determine your referral to job opportunities. Remember to conduct yourself in a professional manner and that first impressions are lasting.
1. Preparing for Interview
Research the company.
Obtain a copy of the job description.
Determine type of interview (e.g. panel, behavioral, screening).
Ensure correct spelling & title of interviewer.
Confirm address & floor.
Check out parking available and/or bus routes.
Anticipate potential questions and prepare answers. (Please review the traditional & behavioral based interview questions.)
Dress appropriately for the work environment (business, business casual, casual).
Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to interview time.
Turn off cell phone during interview.
Create a good first impression. Smile and be confident.
Don't chew gum, smoke, or bring coffee or someone with you.
Make eye contact.
Follow the interviewer's lead.
Be prepared to answer questions as to why you left your previous jobs.
If you don't understand a question, ask for clarification.
Avoid "yes" and "no" answers.
Be prepared to ask the interviewer a question (regarding company or job) to show your interview level.
In Closing, thank the interviewer for their time. Inquire when you can follow up or when you might be hearing from them.
Note: A good interviewer allows the candidate to do most of the talking (by asking open-ended questions). However, not all interviewers are experienced in this method. If you do not feel that the interviewer has a clear idea of your skills, you may look for an opportunity to convey these. A summary of your skills and ability is the ideal close to an interview.
3. After Interview
Follow up with the interviewer to express your interest and to determine when a decision will be made.
Write a thank you note.
Debrief interview. Review your performance. Is there anything you could have done differently to ensure a positive impression?
Types of Interviews
- more than one interviewer
- usually conducted by personnel representative to determine if you have the basic requirements. If successful, you will be referred to a second interview.
Behavioral Based Interview
- focuses on past behavior as being indicator of future behavior.
Sample Interview Questions
Behavioral interviewing focuses on examples of your past behavior that can be used to predict your future job performance. The interviewer uses open-ended questions about real life incidents rather than hypothetical questions. The interview is a goal-oriented process that helps the employer better evaluate an applicant's suitability.
The following are samples of some behavioral based interview questions.
Give me an example of a time when your positive attitude causes others to be more motivated or energized. Be specific.
Describe a time when you communicated something unpleasant or difficult to say to your manager. How do you assert yourself?
Tell me about a time when you had to cope with strict deadlines or time demands.
Give an example of a time when you had a difficult customer. How did you handle this situation?
How have you most constructively dealt with disappointment and turned it into a learning experience?
Can you tell me about an occasion when you needed to work with a group to get a job done?
Tell me about a difficult supervisor or co-worker. What made him/her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
Tell me about a challenge that you met successfully.
Please give me an example of a work situation where you feel your coping skills were tested and tell me how you handled the situation.
Can you identify a work-related situation where you recognized a problem and initiated some action to correct the problem?
Tell me about a time when you had a difference of opinion with your manager. Describe the situation and how the difference was resolved.
When have you found it useful to use detailed checklists to reduce potential errors on the job? Please describe the situation.
Tips to handling Behavior Based Interview Questions.
Be specific & expand on details.
Identify potential skills required for the job. Analyze your work and life experience to give specific examples of how you have used these skills.
Try to describe a work-related situation. If necessary use a school or personal situation.
Ask for clarification if necessary.
Try and obtain as much information about opportunity prior to your interview.
Prepare sample questions/answers and practice with a friend.
Traditional Interview Questions
Tell me about yourself.
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses or areas for improvement?
What are your employment goals? In one year? In five years?
How do you work under pressure? Give examples.
What are your salary expectations? Presently? In 5 years?
What kind of work environment do you prefer?
Why should I hire you?
Why did you choose this career path?
What motivates you?
Why are you the best candidate for this job?
What do you know about our company?
Are you willing to work overtime? If yes, under what circumstances.
What frustrates you in a work environment?
What 2 or 3 things are most important to you in a job?
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