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School Catering Assistant Interview Questions

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Interviews can be daunting and hard to prepare for but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of common questions that you might be asked in yours and how you might go about answering them, as well as some questions you could ask your interviewer to help show your interest in the position!

Questions your interviewer might ask

Your motivations

The interviewer is looking for genuine reasons why you want to be a school catering assistant. You could mention something like opportunities for career progression. In that case, make sure to reassure the interviewer that you wish to progress within the company rather than moving on. You could also mention your enjoyment of the tasks involved in the role as another motivation. Enthusiasm about the job can be another way to show that you wish to be a long-term employee.

Again, this is a personal question so have a think about what it is that you actually enjoy about the role and be honest about it, interviewers are going to value people who show some passion. A good idea of something to talk about when it comes to being a school catering assistant is wanting to work in a fast pace environment.

Your personal approach to the role

As an school catering assistant you will be constantly working with others, so being able to work effectively as part of a team is vital. One way of answering this question would be to recall a time when you have worked well as part of a team. If you are struggling with a way to structure your answer using the STAR method may help.

Working in a kitchen environment can be quite fast paced and it’s important that you can handle it. Some people thrive in this sort of environment whereas it can be too much for others. A good way to show to interviewers that this is for you is to talk about a time when you have been in a fast paced or stressful situation and how you handled it. Using the STAR method to structure your answer.

Qualifications and experience

This is the interviewer seeing if you have experience catering for large amounts of people. When recalling specific instances you have experienced using the STAR method can be helpful when structuring your answer.

As part of some school catering assistant roles you’ll not only be preparing and cooking meals but also undertaking cash register duties. This means that any customer service experience could be quite valuable. If you do have experience talking about a specific instance of when you provided excellent customer service is a good way to answer this question, using the STAR method might be a good way of structuring your answer.

Questions for you to ask your interviewer

Final note

Reading through some of our common questions should help get you in the right headspace for your interview, but don’t stop here–have a think about what kind of questions you could be facing, as well as how you might answer them on your own!

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