The answer to the first interview questions thrown at you is what will decide the direction of the rest of the process. Scary eh? For sure! The beginning of anything is the most important part. When you begin on the right foot, there is a great chance that you will end up on the right one too. There is only one way that you can do this – prepare!
The key operative word preparation is what will ensure interview success for you. No longer are you at a stage when you can sit back and relax until the next word comes in. The final word has arrived (in the form of an interview) and it beckons you. Go through the company profile (where you intend to work) thoroughly. Look through their annual reports to see where they stand financially. Find out who will be interviewing you and then make sure that you get to know him or her as much as possible.
Last but certainly not the least, have a look at the following set of possible interview questions and answers:
What does the hospitality environment mean to you?
Working in a hospitality environment is a wonderfully challenging job. I love the work and everything else associated with it. As a kitchen steward, my work is in the background but the results of what I show translate into guest satisfaction. And that is what I look forward to providing each day.
What type of responsibilities have you been handed over in a kitchen steward role?
While I have been rotated between kitchens and dining areas, my main work has always been to ensure that the kitchen area assigned to me is kept clean and sanitized constantly. Washing dishes, ensuring that all counters and floors are clean, providing assistance to servers and cooks, and handling waste management duties are all part of my work.
Which part of your work do you feel is the most important?
Everything that a kitchen steward does is important. However, proper waste disposal is something that I feel is of the utmost importance in a kitchen environment.
Have you ever done anything that contributed to the efficiency of the waste disposal system?
As a matter of fact, I have. I am the person responsible for devising and implementing a foolproof system to remove waste from the kitchen area, as soon as it starts collecting – through a chute from the dustbin directly to the bin outside the premises!
What skills does one need in order to be able to work as a kitchen steward?
The skills set that a kitchen steward needs is vast! One has to be physically strong, possess the ability to work constantly, be knowledgeable about operating kitchen equipment such as dishwashers, and possess deep insight into safely using cleaning and sanitizing supplies and equipment.
Your job as a kitchen steward will eventually lead to?
I would eventually like to work in a serving capacity – in a few years from now, I hope to train as a food server.