The hiring process for restaurants varies between restaurants and positions applied for, though all typically begin with the applicant submitting a resume and application. Some hiring managers may require the applicant to perform specific tasks during the interview to demonstrate skills, with interviews typically also including question and answer segments.
Restaurants differ from other types of business in that they offer a wide range of job types, from wait staff and hosts to chefs and business managers, each of which requires its own procedure for vetting applicants. The hiring process for any office positions, such as accountants, resembles that of other business types and involves an interview with the owner and the appropriate manager along with a review of the resume. Positions that deal with customers, such as wait staff, also involve interviewing with the owner and managers but focus heavily on the qualifications that appear in the applicant's resume, specifically the restaurants at which the applicant worked previously.
The hiring process for any position that involves preparing food, such as head chef or line cook, focuses largely on the applicant's cooking abilities. The interview may consist of the applicant cooking different dishes in person, with the owner and other chefs tasting the food. Roles such as a bartender also require the applicant to demonstrate her skills mixing drinks and managing the register.