Interview Preparation and Advice

iChef Recruitment is here assist you with your interview and ensure that you are fully prepared, however there is plenty of work that you can do yourself beforehand.

Your CV has introduced you as a potential candidate – the interview process gives you the opportunity to discuss your skills and experience in more detail. The interview is also an opportunity for you to establish if the position and company are right for you.

PRE INTERVIEW

  • DO YOUR RESEARCH – Fail to prepare, be prepared to fail. You will be sent a role specification and profile of the operation by your iChef Recruitment consultant so please make sure that you familiarise yourself with this. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework.
  • AN ONLINE SEARCH – The company’s website is the best place to start. It shows the company as it would like to be seen and the products and services they offer. You should spend some time looking online for any other information you can find about the company. Put their name into Google.
  • CALL THE OPERATION for a brochure and familiarise yourself with the menus.
  • If possible, dine in the restaurant to gain an understanding of the food style and restaurant ethos.
  • Have the iChef Recruitment CONTACT NUMBER with you, in case of an issue traveling. Your iChef Recruitment consultant is here for you.

Understand Yourself

  • Sit down with your CV and make notes. Study your work record and what you have achieved. Have facts and figures to hand to support any answers to questions that you may be asked.
  • Try to relate specific areas of your CV back to the job description. It will make it clear to the interviewer why they should hire you.
  • Consider all the key skills and experience necessary for the role; think of work-related examples that highlight your strengths (and weaknesses) in each area in your previous employment.

Prepare Yourself 


If you are well prepared, you will feel confident in your ability to answer any question put to you.

  • Be sure you know the time, date and location of the interview and the name of interviewer(s).
  • Avoid any last minute panic by preparing what you’re going to wear the night before.
  • Always dress smartly and professionally; you will make a much better impression.
  • Ensure you have clean shoes, hair, nails and teeth!
  • Have a sensible and early night before your meeting.
  • If you are asked to bring certificates, references, menus, photographs etc, have them ready well in advance.
  • Take two copies of your CV.
  • PLAN YOUR JOURNEY – Decide your route and mode of transport in advance and arrive at the interview ten minutes before your appointment. (Allow for delays).
  • If you are delayed for any reason or are going to arrive very late contact iChef Recruitment immediately.

AT INTERVIEW

Making the right impression at this stage is the difference between an offer and rejection.

Your arrival at the company is crucial.

Make sure that reception have notified the person that you are meeting that you have arrived.

Turn your mobile off.

What to do

  • Give a firm handshake and smile; this shows you are confident.
  • Make and maintain eye contact with all present in the room.
  • Wait to be offered a seat – and then wait for your interviewer(s) to sit first.
  • Accept offers of hospitality and remember to thank them.
  • Show interest, enthusiasm and alertness.
  • Sit upright and speak clearly so that everyone can hear you.
  • Listen, think and take your time before answering questions without interrupting.
  • Be positive and avoid referring to previous employers negatively. Focus on why you feel ready for a new challenge.
  • Confirm your interest in the role and ask what the next step in the process will be.
  • Exit the interview professionally and confirm your interest in the role, shake their hand and thank them for taking the time to speak to you.

What NOT to do

  • Be late
  • Lead the interview or talk over the interviewer
  • Exaggerate your experience and qualifications
  • Tell untruths and be evasive in your answers
  • Spend too long answering each question
  • Discuss salary at your first interview
  • Become distracted

POST INTERVIEW

Call your iChef Recruitment consultant to discuss your meeting.

Following this conversation we will contact the client for their feedback but your work does not stop here.

Whether you feel that your interview went well or not it is important that you follow it up.

  • Send an email to the interviewer thanking them for their time and hospitality and confirming your interest in the role and company. Sign off with ‘I look forward to hearing from you.’