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The Power of the Skills Test

How Restaurants are Finding the Right Fit.

As a restaurant owner, you understand the invaluable importance of hiring a reliable, passionate, and highly-skilled culinary team to craft outstanding dishes. How do you trust Clock’d, the only executive placement recruiter for the hospitality industry, to properly vet the loyal leaders you seek?

Enter skills tests: one of many tools we use to evaluate potential hires for top kitchen positions such as Head Chef, Sous Chef, and Bar Manager. Clock’d recruiters work with you to design these tests to the specific needs of your restaurant and the position you need. For example, a Sous Chef position may involve questions about food safety, inventory, local vendors, and sanitation, while a Bar Manager may involve questions about mixology, par levels, and the steps of customer service.

These tests can be both open-ended or have a more structured approach, with specific tasks to complete. We typically assess culinary techniques, restaurant management skills, and problem-solving capabilities, such as preparing a dish in a certain amount of time, allowing you to gauge how well the applicant can follow instructions and handle stressful situations.

We also coordinate calendars to schedule these tests with the appropriate people, in the right locations, at the best times. We might as well enjoy this informational process with as little stress as possible, right?

Our powerful skills tests, in combination with our other pre-screening services and staging, serve to guarantee your new kitchen leaders are equipped to create exquisite food and drink menus - safeguarding your business culture and reputation.


Ultimately, Clock’d executive placement services finds you passionate and skilled leaders who are devoted to providing an unforgettable experience for your customers. All this and we usually hand deliver your ideal candidate in only 6 days. If that sounds like something short of magical, we respectfully accept the compliment. Did you lose your Head Chef or Bar Manager? Let’s talk ASAP!

Need us to help you now? Schedule a consultation today!


Marc LaPierre is a 10-year veteran of the food and hospitality industry, Certified Staffing Professional, and CEO/Founder of Clock’d + SEEN. From cooking in James Beard award-winning kitchens to opening and managing a nightclub in Mexico, he worked every job in the industry. Today he connects professionals looking to advance their careers with clients eager to find an all-star team.


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