Seven great topics to prep for a waiting interview

If you're about to go and try and win that waiting job, we wish you the best of luck! Hospitality jobs like this are a brilliant way to meet people, work around great food and practice organisational skills.

You never quite know what your interviewer will ask but, given the nature of the job, it could be an idea to consider these areas before you meet…

How do you handle people?

Dealing with the public is central to waiting, so you'll want to be able to tell the person questioning you about all about the skills you have in this area. Remember that you'll be meeting customers from a wide range of backgrounds and who are in a wide range of moods.

If you're unsure of how you handle the public, this could come through when you're questioned, so it might be worth getting in some direct experience to boost your confidence in this area if needs be.

Your love of food  

Perhaps especially for a high-end restaurant, talking about your knowledge and enthusiasm for foods and restaurants may help your potential employer see you feel a connection to their business.

The brand

What do you know about the company you could end up working for? This is one of the easiest ways to boost your chances of looking good, because a look through their website could mean you're able to show you've done your research when you're chatting with your interviewer.

Your most relevant experiences

What have you done before that is most like this job? If you have waiting experience, you'll know to practice your impressive stories about this pre-interview. Retail experience, casual catering-linked volunteering and even cooking at home could all be things to talk about, too.

Practical catering knowledge

You might want to think about issues like food hygiene and how these relate to the job, as this sort of practical knowledge could be tested when you go to try out.

Team player

All restaurants involve a team of people, so examples of being good in a team could be crucial in your interview. Maybe at school you carried out a project with a group of people – you don't have to use examples directly from catering.


It's not a bad thing to ask questions. So consider any gaps in your knowledge about the job before you enter the interview room, so you can put them to your interviewer. Remember that the person questioning you may not have much time on their hands, so it's probably better to stick to two or three queries, rather than flood them!