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Having been a part of the restaurant industry for well over 20 years, I would like to share a few tips on what to do if you find yourself in the position of being interviewed for a restaurant position. I have found that a restaurant interview is a slightly if not sometimes totally different experience than I have had in interviews for office positions or retail work.

Being hired by a restaurant is all about timing. A restaurant is a very busy place, and often the only time to fill out an application for employment is during the working hours of the establishment. The best times to fill out an application are before lunch hour or in the middle of the afternoon. If the restaurant is only open in the evening, show up as soon as they open. These are the times you have the best chance of a manager or hiring supervisor being available to review your application immediately. I have many times had my first interview for a job right on the spot because I was in the right place at the right time.

As stated earlier, this is a fast paced business and your interview could happen on the spot. Be prepared! If you have a professional resume for the position you are applying for, then have it on you or out in your car. Most restaurants, unless they are more up-scale, do not really require a resume, but if you are comfortable with it, then this would be a good time to present it to the interviewer.

First interviews in a restaurant are very often an informal-seeming thing. The interviewer is usually tired and thinking of about a hundred other things that need to be done that day, so be brief when asked about yourself on a personal level, and let the person know exactly the job you are applying for, and what your qualifications are.

If you do not get interviewed on the day you apply, do not get discouraged. If the restaurant had an ad in the paper or on Craig's List, it is likely that they are just gathering applications and will call back to set up an interview on a different date. Make sure to put a good working number on the application, cell phones are always the best way to get a hold of people.

With some luck, you will get the call! In this slightly more formal restaurant interview setting, it is good to follow standard interview procedures. Be prompt, polite and well groomed. Remember still that managers of restaurants are busy people and they often seem pretty gruff on the exterior, but it has been my experience that managers can be really fun people, too, especially for the people that work hard for them. If you make yourself seem like a hard worker, you have a great chance at getting the job.

In the restaurant industry, follow up calls after an interview are usually not a good idea. I know this is hard for people to understand who have not worked in the industry, but I know what goes on behind the scenes in a lot of establishments. If you do not get called back for a second and hiring interview within a few days of the first interview, it is unlikely that you will get the job. I have made follow up calls to restaurants in the past, and have only received rather cold responses from snippy hostesses or angry managers, and have rarely if ever got the job. It may be time to try a different restaurant if this is the case.



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