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Are there interview questions for the role of catering manager? In this article, two of our associate education experts suggest interview questions and tasks for candidates applying for the role of catering manager.

David New, one of our associate education experts, has provided examples of interview questions and tasks for candidates applying to be a school's catering manager.

Managing staff 


  • What would you do if a member of the catering team was not performing to the standards you required?
  • Can you give us an example of managing staff performance from your experience? How did it turn out?

What to look for

  • A summary of reasonable performance management strategies, including:
    • Meeting and discussing the issue
    • Providing support
    • Assessing how the staff member responds to support
    • Capability processes
    • Seeking support and advice
  • An example that shows they:
    • Have experience of managing staff
    • Achieved a suitable outcome 


Tell me about a difficult situation or period that you have had to manage at work:

  • How did you resolve it?
  • Did you seek help or guidance?
  • What was the outcome?

A realistic situation that shows an understanding of an appropriate response If the response focuses

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