Interviews reveal a lot about a kitchen porter – including how much pressure he or she can take. And it is usually lack of pressure that kills candidates’ chances at obtaining a job. It is this stage that you have to show how good you are in every sense. Creating a positive first impression is imperative at this point especially. When an interviewer looks at you as you enter the room, he or she makes an impression immediately. If the impression is positive, you are good to go. If it isn’t, you still have a chance to change it by giving all the right answers, and exuding confidence.
Since this time around, you do not have the privilege of hiding behind a resume or a cover letter, it is up to you to get things rolling. Here is a set of interview question and answers to help you along:
Why did you choose to work as a kitchen porter?
I believe that working as a kitchen porter will give me a great chance to understand and appreciate the food service industry. In addition to this, I have had some exposure to working in a kitchen porter capacity – work that I know I excel at and enjoy immensely.
What specific work duties have you performed in a kitchen porter role?
As a kitchen porter, I have been involved in handling basic cleaning jobs, collecting and washing up pots and pans, cleaning food preparation areas and equipment, receiving and handling food shipments and ensuring that the food storeroom is properly managed.
As far as skills are concerned, what do you think is required from a kitchen porter?
I believe that having limitless energy is perhaps the most important requirement of this job, since you are on the go constantly. Other skills that a kitchen porter requires to work efficiently in this capacity include effective communication skills, knowledge of cleaning supplies and operating cleaning equipment, commitment to high standards, and ability to make sure that the kitchen environment is safe and healthy.
What is the one thing that you do not like about working as a kitchen porter?
I cannot pinpoint any. I believe that the work is straightforward and has a lot to offer in terms of challenge and professional satisfaction.
What would be the best thing about working as a kitchen porter?
While I love the work that I do, there is one thing that I like better than anything else. Working as a kitchen porter means that one gets to learn a lot about kitchen work, especially food safety standards, serving directives and even cooking.
What are your 5 year professional plans?
I am quite interested in learning to cook. Eventually, I hope to learn enough in this arena so that I can handle the work of a specialty chef.