Why Did They Ask That? Crazy Questions You Might Be Asked During an Interview

If you have a job interview coming up, chances are you’ve been busy memorizing your resume and getting ready to sell your qualifications. What you may be less prepared for are the whimsical questions that seem completely unrelated to your career. While you certainly can’t control what you’re going to be asked, you can prepare… Read more »

“We’re Sorry, You’re Too Qualified for This Position” – Whether applying for a process engineer or a quality assurance manager position, the concern is the same

Does being overqualified for a food & beverage position mean that you’ll be disqualified from consideration? Not if you handle the interview right. True, many employers are reluctant to hire overqualified candidates.  Recruiters fear that an overqualified employee will be dissatisfied, demand more money, expect fast promotion or even jump ship. As a job seeker,… Read more »

Questions You Aren’t Asking – But Should Be!

Could asking few simple questions help you land your next food & beverage job? Absolutely.  Here’s why. An interviewer judges the questions you ask as carefully as the answers you give.  Asking irrelevant or ubiquitous questions (i.e., what are the work hours for this position?) shows a lack of preparation for the interview (and a… Read more »

When It Comes to Interviewing, Less is More

When preparing for big interviews, most food & beverage professionals focus on what they’re going to say – about their work experience, accomplishments, goals, strengths and weaknesses. While it’s certainly essential to know how to speak intelligently in an interview, it’s just as important to know how to listen.  A good recruiter will critically evaluate… Read more »

The Informational Interview: How to Leverage a Valuable Career Networking Tool

Right now you may be asking yourself, “Why would I need to go on an informational interview?” As an experienced food & beverage industry professional, you may think that an informational interview would be a waste of your time.  Because typically, informational interviews are associated with job seekers who are new to the employment market,… Read more »

How to Handle Unusual Interview Questions

It’s like a bad dream. You’re in an interview, dressed to impress and feeling totally in control of the situation, when the unthinkable happens – the interviewer asks a question that completely stumps you:  “If you could have dinner with anyone from history, whom would it be and why?” “Why is a manhole cover round?” “Which… Read more »

Smart Tips to Nail Your Next Interview

Congratulations – you’ve been invited in for an interview with a leading food & beverage employer.  This opportunity really has potential, and you want to nail the interview.  Now what?  Review this list of tips to make sure you have all your bases covered: Revisit your resume.  Make sure you know dates of employment, responsibilities,… Read more »