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11.Answer all questions honestly but in the best possible light. THIS IS IMPORTANT! If for any reason you think something you'll say might come out sounding negative, stop for a moment and try to find a way to make it as positive as possible.  

12.NEVER speak poorly of current or past employers. As with anything said in a job interview, put the best spin possible on ALL situations (see above).

You will always come across as a true professional if a former employer has a poor reputation for how it treats its people (recruiters know their competition...) but you put your reasons for leaving in a positive light.

13.Take notes and improve your job interview skills. Immediately after an interview (when you're back in your car), take a few minutes to make notes about it while it is still fresh in your mind. These will help you remember key topics for use in selling yourself in your second and third interviews -- or even to sell yourself to other restaurant companies.

You'll find that recruiters often ask very similar questions. Learn to answer these questions in an appropriate, succinct and professional manner and you will be well on your way to getting plenty of job offers.

Use your notes to help you analyze and improve your overall interviewing skills. Think about where you did well and where you feel you may have been a bit weak and then practice your presentation in order to improve your next job interview. It will increase your confidence and help you highlight your strengths & accomplishments while downplaying your weaknesses.

14.Don't be afraid to ask. At the end of each interview, unless you are given a formal job offer, make sure you know and understand whether the interview process will continue -- don't be afraid to ask.

Often you will be told that they will notify you by a certain date as to whether there will be another interview (or a job offer extended). Ask if they will be contacting you one way or the other. Write this down and repeat it back to the recruiter, then ask if you can contact them if you do not hear from them by the date indicated. (And be sure to write down the contact info they want you to use for doing this.)

If they say yes, great! If they say no, then just wait it out. If you do not hear anything by the date indicated, then it's usually over -- end of story! We recommend that you not try to follow up with them aside from possibly sending them a note thanking them for their time and interest. ALWAYS leave them with a positive and professional view of you.

15.Don't be a STALKER! If you've already been through the interview process (in person, in a phone interview, at a job fair, etc) with a company and were not offered a job or another interview, we suggest that you not apply or try to interview with the company again for at least a year!

If a second or third interview was not scheduled or job offer was not made, it usually means they've found a candidate(s) they believe was a better fit for the position.

Unless you were overqualified for the job, the only thing that will possibly make you a better candidate for the job is the passing of time and the accumulation of additional experience.

Once you have talked with a restaurant's recruiter (in person or by phone), repeatedly submitting or trying to interview again in less than a year can leave the impression that you are "needy", "can't get a clue", "just don't get it" or worse -- none of which are in your best interest.

No matter what the reason for being passed over, if they believe you are a strong candidate for one of their future management jobs they will usually keep your resume close at hand and contact you if and when an appropriate opportunity arises.

OK, now with the above said, if you do not hear back from a company within 7-10 days of your interview it is usually permissible and appropriate to send them an email asking if you are still under consideration (see tip 14 above). Just be sure you are professional in your email/call.

16.Prior to leaving an interview, be sure to know how to spell all names of your interviewers and know their correct titles -- then send a thank you note ASAP to each interviewer. No one does this last part anymore so doing so goes a long way in demonstrating your professionalism, follow up and attention to detail.

17.Like all of us, recruiters change jobs and tend to have long memories -- especially for those that have left a negative impression. Examples: Not showing up for a scheduled job interview and did not call to cancel; Lied on an application; Accepted a job offer but did not show on first day; etc.

Always, always, ALWAYS make sure you leave every restaurant recruiter with a positive and professional image of yourself. You never know when you may run in to them again. In years to come you may find yourself applying to a different restaurant company where the recruiter now works. Make sure they'll want to invite you back to interview again!

18.Never set an appointment for a job interview unless you are serious about going to it! If you have to cancel your interview, MAKE SURE YOU CALL AND CANCEL -- and document when & with whom you talked with for good measure.

19.We know it's not easy job hunting and interviewing, but try to relax and not be too nervous. You will find that the more you interview the more at ease you will be and the better your interviewing skills will become (assuming you follow everything above).



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