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4 common interview questions for a chef job in the UAE

by Anshuman Kukreti , Tuesday, 30th June 2015

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From the likes of mouth-watering delicacies like Hummous, Tabbouleh and Shawarma to the best in line restaurants offering their impeccable food services, seriously, the UAE has grown immensely in the hospitality sector to entice millions from around the world.
However, the norms and social conventions followed in this part of the world are quite different to any western country, but the UAE sure does hold much more in the vaults of its economy. You might have heard about the proliferating hotel jobs and jobs in the tourism sector, but to deal in specifics, chefs in the UAE seem to be having a gala time altogether. While, employment options for chefs in the UAE are numerous, competition stays stiff nevertheless. Hence, mentioned below are 4 common interview questions that will make it easier for you to secure a desirable chef job in this exotic Arab land.
 
 
1) Why do you want to work here?
 
Of course, the first thing that motivated you was the idea of working in a lavish restaurant or a hotel somewhere in the mystic lands of Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah. However, employers in this field today require for you to come up with a solid logic behind the same. He wants to know that you are genuinely interested in the profession and not mailing out resumes, just because you want a visa to the country.
A desirable reply would be- ‘I’ve shortlisted key hotels/corporations whose mission statement resonated with my values and yours was quite high on my list.’
 
 
2) Are you fine with a ‘trade test’?
 
It often happens in the profession that you can be asked for a trade test to cook any of the classic Emirati dishes as a test to see your knowledge of the classics. In such a case, don’t hesitate to volunteer for it and be an initiator from the get-go!
The employer might observe how you prepare a cuisine, or things like your knife skills and the way you handle pressure. All you need is to voluntarily start the task, keeping your cool in place!
 
 
3) What career goals do you have?
 
A multitude of aspiring chefs just miss the cut because they often focus on long term goals, entirely. However, being in a country as lucrative as the UAE, you can plan your professional life by focusing on short-term goals too. You can always answer by saying that the immediate goal lying in front of you is to get employed with a growth-oriented hospitality company. Plus, you can also add that the long-term goal would depend on the course, the company takes and you hope to grow into the role eventually. Might sound a bit generic, but that’s what most of the employers in a country as competitive as the UAE are looking for, right?
 
 4) Give an instance when one of your suggestions was implemented in the chef field.
 
The most crucial thing to understand over here is the significance implementation of ideas holds in the field. It’s great that you’ve had a zillion great ideas bulging out of your head, but they won’t do any good, if restricted to the last page of your notepad. The UAE today demands vibrant and innovative people in the cooking industry. Hence, frame your answer around an idea that was taken till implementation and considered fruitful.
 
It definitely is one of the most creative employment options you can opt for. Having the required skills, all you need is to give it the perfect blend of a lucrative destination like the UAE. So, without further ado, get going. It’s either now or never.
 

 

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Author: Anshuman Kukreti

Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics relating to employment across the gulf. Reach him @ LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.
   
 
 

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