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Are Your Interview Skills or Your Mindset Letting You Down?

Job interviews – how many people can honestly say they enjoy them? 

It is always a nerve-wracking time when you secure an interview for a new job, and the pressure increases when it’s a role in an establishment you desperately want. 

In this article, I’m going to explain how, quite often, it is not a candidate’s interview skills that result in a rejection, but rather their mindset which can let them down. 

Thankfully, there are ways to overcome a negative mindset brought on by interview nerves, which I’ll share to help you prepare for your next hospitality interview. 


A Lot at Stake 


If you have secured an interview for a position in a restaurant or establishment you have been coveting for a while, the pressure tends to build. You get into the mindset of believing that you only have one chance of securing this job, and that failure isn’t an option. 

Unfortunately, it is this very thought system which puts you at the highest risk of misrepresenting yourself in the interview.  

When you put this much pressure on yourself and the outcome of the interview, you set yourself up for a fall. Your demeanour becomes unnatural, you question everything you are saying, and you lose the ability to demonstrate your best skills – the ones you know make you a great candidate for the job – sound familiar? 



One of the best ways you can feel confident in an interview is being safe in the knowledge that you have prepared adequately.  

Being unprepared leads to stress, which is the enemy of a successful interview. 

To feel fully prepared, take the time to: 

  • Research the establishment. Look at their website and social media to get a better idea of what kind of people work there and what kind of place it is to work. 
  • Consider the possible questions and your answers. We have written a post on the most crucial hospitality interview questions which you can find here. 
  • Plan your journey to the venue and how long it will take to get there, allowing for traffic. 
  • Get a comprehensive overview of the role, the company, who will be interviewing you – working with a recruiter is the best way to ensure you get this. 

Preparing as much as you can is the smartest way to feel confident in your upcoming interview, but sometimes your mindset can still let you down. 

So how can you change your mindset to one which will help you go into your interview in a much more positive, confident way? Here are three proven ways.  


Visualise for Success 


I love this tip; it’s simple, and it works. Over the years it has benefited plenty of great hospitality candidates I have worked with to help them secure a new job.  

Interviews tend to throw up a lot of uncertain feelings: What are the company expecting from me? Will they like me? Am I even equipped to do this job well? 

Remember – if you’ve made it to the interview stage, there is something that this company likes about you, and they believe that you have a good chance of being the successful candidate. 

To visualise for success – spend a few minutes just before you go into the interview location, either in your car or in a waiting area, imagining your most successful moments to date. 

They don’t necessarily have to be work-related (although it can help if they are), but they should be memories of when you felt powerful and in control. Some good examples include – the feeling after doing yourself proud in a sporting event, the moment you found out about a promotion or the time you secured your last job. 


It’s ‘Not’ an Interview 

Sometimes, it helps to banish the word ‘interview’ from your mind in the hours leading up to the interview. So, if it’s not an interview, then what is it? Try to think of it instead as a business meeting.  

Doing this allows your brain to relax a little; it’s not a scary job interview, it’s just an informal chat between you and a person you hope to start working with. If you’re a chef going for a more senior role, imagine that you are talking with your current HR person about your goals for next year, a catering assistant, it will help to think about the hiring manager as if they are on the level as your current team leader. 

This method is helpful for candidates who are very nervous, or who have struggled to relax and speak as they would typically, during previous interviews. 

Adequate preparation used alongside these great mindset relaxation methods should guarantee that the best version of you shows up on an all-important day, ready to wow your new team. 




If you are looking for new hospitality or catering job and need help locating your next exciting role, KSB can help. 

We help find hospitality candidates the best roles with our excellent set of industry connections. If you are looking for your next challenge, send us your CV or call us on 0121 702 1428 to discuss the roles we currently have available. 





About KSB Recruitment 

We are expert recruiters in the catering and hospitality industry with over 28 years in business, placing the best candidates in their perfect roles with an obsessive attention to detail.  

KSB is proud to be a Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) member, accredited investors in people, and both Data Protection and Home Office Compliance registered. 

We specialise in roles in Birmingham, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire. 

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How to Accelerate Your Chef Career in 2020

At what stage are you in your chef career?  

If you’ve clicked on this article, there’s a good chance that you are looking for some inspiration on how to take your chef career to the next level. 

First, you must ask yourself this vital question – what do I hope to achieve? This can be either a goal for this time next year or your ultimate career goal. Whatever you decide you want from your career, realising this will help make your job decisions easier – then you can begin only to make choices that will bring you closer to this goal.  

Do you want to be the executive chef in a top London kitchen? Do you want to own your restaurant? Be the top-rated chef in your area and have diners flock to wherever you are working? 

Whatever your ultimate chef career goal is, there are steps you can take to make sure 2020 is the year you set the wheels in motion. Here are my top recruiter tips to accelerating your career this year… 


1. Get Your Name Heard 

Working your way up through the chef hierarchy is a lot about your reputation – there is little more important to top chefs than being talked about (for the right reasons!). 

Tripadvisor reviews, making the most of your social media accounts and utilising PR from the local press are still the top three ways to create a buzz surrounding your cheffing reputation.  

Take a look at your direct competitors – what are they doing? If you’re doing something similar in your menu – your ingredients, dishes, dining style – what can you change to make yourself stand out more? 

Impressing your customers is not always about doing something new and ‘out there’ – diners are always excited by excellent quality food with attention to detail (which I will talk about next); whether it’s sophisticated nouvelle cuisine or hearty classic dishes. 


2. Pay Attention to the Little Things 

Their attention to detail heavily influences the difference between a good and great chef. When a chef can maintain the highest standard of quality in every single dish they send out, this is a sure-fire sign that they will go on to do great things. 

Of course, this isn’t easy.  

Keeping calm under pressure is one of the first things a chef must learn, but it is something which great chefs work at continuously, and not let it slip even when the kitchen around them becomes chaotic. 

Yes, speed is key when you want to impress the executive chef to be in with a chance of being promoted from your station, but taking a second or two to make sure each dish is perfect is what will get you recognised as being serious about your work and your reputation. 


3. Be Inspired 

So, you’re a sous chef or a commis chef currently, and your dream is to be a head chef within the next five years – this means becoming a leader and being a constant source of inspiration to your team.  

Great chefs never stop learning and trying new dishes, experimenting with ways of cooking familiar ingredients and most importantly – visiting as many different restaurants as you can! This is easier said than done, as in the busy life of a chef, a day or even half a day off is a rare treat to be enjoyed spending some time relaxing and winding down. 

But, to become an inspirational chef in your own right which will eventually lead to promotion and career success, you need to dedicate your free time to experience as many dining experiences as possible – this will both give you a good idea of what your competitors are doing, will inspire you and will broaden your horizons.  

The inspiration for a new dish or a presentation idea can come from the smallest moment of experiencing joy from the work of another great chef.  


4. Stay Professional  

Lastly, I want to mention the importance of professionalism in your chef career. I have witnessed some chefs with incredible abilities who fail to make it big because of a lack of professionalism, and this is always a shame to see.  

Younger chefs wanting to make their way through the chef ranks sometimes have the misguided idea that being a top chef is about aggression, being uncompromising and the ‘live fast die young’ attitude that used to be present in the industry, but this is not the case anymore.  

Anthony Bourdain’s escapades documented in his bestseller ‘Kitchen Confidential’ seemed to be the inspiration for many chefs working their way through the ranks in the 2000s – 2010s, which presented cheffing as a tough industry, where only the grittiest chefs would make it to the top. 

But the industry is changing. The flying saucepans of kitchens made famous by Bourdain and Ramsay are out – open kitchens, inclusive and considered management styles and a crack-down on alcohol and substance abuse in the industry have all made a big impact on what it means to be a successful chef in 2020. 



If you want to begin the search for your next chef role and need some help, get in contact with KSB today. Send us your CV, use our online contact form or call us on 0121 702 1428 to discuss your chef job opportunities. 




About KSB Recruitment 

We are expert recruiters in the catering and hospitality industry with over 28 years in business, placing the best candidates in their perfect roles with obsessive attention to detail.  

KSB is proud to be a Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) member, accredited investors in people, and both Data Protection and Home Office Compliance registered. 

We specialise in roles in Birmingham, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire. 

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Why the New Year is the Perfect Time to Reassess Your Hospitality Career

If you’ve decided that you’re going to start looking for a new job in the new year – you’re not alone. Job application numbers soar in January, with one estimate as high as over 60% more than during any other month. 

If you finally want to get into a hospitality management role, if you’re a sous chef determined to get your first head chef role, or are looking for a new and exciting location to work in – now is the time to start looking (and applying) for jobs. 

There are a few different theories as to why the hospitality job market is so buoyant in January, but the truth is – this is a great time to land a new role.  

In this blog, I want to share with you why the new year is the perfect time to reassess your hospitality career, and how to take advantage of this peak in job opportunities to land a great new role. 


Why January? 


It is the case across almost all sectors that January brings the best job opportunities – but why? 

The job market generally stalls in November and December, as people are more occupied with preparing for Christmas than they are with looking for a new job, and it picks up again in January. Not only with the uptake of everyone who would have ordinarily applied for a new job in November and December (if Christmas hadn’t been in the way) but the job market is also bolstered by those inspired by the well-known phrase ‘new year, new job’.  

While some people are put off by the thought of competing with a hoard of job seekers in January, it is still the best time to apply, despite being the busiest – because of cause and effect. The large amounts of people leaving their jobs create new opportunities and gaps in the market that weren’t there pre-Christmas. 

The new year is also considered to be a great time to apply for a job as hospitality employers come back to work after their (albeit brief) Christmas break and have their new year targets in mind. 

Many hospitality employees assume that as January is typically the quietest time in the business, then this means that job opportunities are at their lowest – this is not the case.  

While Christmas and high summer are the busiest times in hospitality, employers need great staff all year round, and they are now looking earlier and earlier in the season to employ skilled and talented team to take with them through the year.  


Which Role? 


Working with hospitality and catering candidates of all skills, abilities, ages and backgrounds, we understand the vastly different roles and opportunities that are available to hospitality employees – we often place candidates in positions that they didn’t know were possible.  

But when deciding on your next role, you must first determine what you are aiming to get out of this job – are you looking for a temporary position to try out a new skill, a new type of restaurant/catering establishment you have heard about and want to try, or a new geographic location you want to work in? 

Restaurant and hotel employees should use the new year to search and apply for management roles if they have been working towards this goal in the previous year. January is a great time to update your CV, and to talk about in your job interview your successes of the peak season you have just made it through – did you have your busiest ever season? Did you lead a team of relatively new-starters throughout the Christmas period successfully?  

Do your research and think carefully about if this role in this company is the one that is going to bring you closer to your ultimate career goal. Many employees start their job search on their own, either Googling jobs in their local area, or speaking to friends about potential new places to work – but there is another way. 


Beginning Your New Job Search 


Many hospitality candidates that we work with are surprised by the level and depth of service we provide for candidates; in helping them find their perfect role – all free of charge! We are dedicated to making the right hires for our hospitality partners, and this is why we put as much effort and detail as we do into our candidate search and screening process. 

If like many other hospitality employees we work with, you have never worked with a recruiter before to find your next role – now is the time to start. 

With the skills shortage that is currently squeezing the UK catering and hospitality industry, recruiters and employers are upgrading their services and looking even harder for the very best talent (like you). 

We understand that in the busy life of a chef, a hotel manager, bar staff, waiters and the plethora of other staff that keep the UK hospitality sector ticking over, it can seem like you haven’t got the time to begin your new job search. Some candidates we work with tell us that they had been planning on leaving their role for many months, but they hadn’t had the time to get round to it – don’t let this be you!  

A quick phone call with one of our consultants on 0121 702 1428, or sending your CV to us is all you need to do for us to begin your new job search. After listening to what you want from your not only your next role but ultimately your career, we will update you with positions that we think are perfect for you and help you at every step of the process, from the interview to negotiating your wage. 





About KSB Recruitment 

We are expert recruiters in the catering and hospitality industry with over 28 years in business, placing the best candidates in their perfect roles with obsessive attention to detail.  

KSB is proud to be a Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) member, accredited investors in people, and both Data Protection and Home Office Compliance registered. 

We specialise in roles in Birmingham, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire. 

Is Your Comfort Zone Getting in The Way of Your Hospitality Management Career?

Hospitality management can be rewarding, exciting, and challenging (sometimes in equal measure) and many of the top-quality employees I help with their careers tell me that the fast-paced nature of the job is what keeps them hooked.

But what happens when things start to go the other way?

Is My Chef Job Stressful or Is It Time to Move to a Company with a Better Culture?

Being a chef is more than just a job – it’s a vocation. Qualified chefs do not go into this industry light-heartedly; it often encompasses everything they do – they live, sleep and breathe their work. 

It is this passion which creates the fiery atmosphere in kitchens across the world. Many believe that the high pressure of a kitchen is integral to the profession, and you will hear a lot of chefs stating that they ‘thrive’ off the intense atmosphere.  

But when does the pressure of a kitchen become too much to handle? Some chefs find it impossible to spot the signs, which can lead to burnout and even more significant mental health problems and sadly even suicide 

In this article, I want to share with you my thoughts and experiences of working closely with chefs to help them fulfil their career ambitions – how to spot when a negative company culture is affecting your career, and what to do about it if it is. 


Boiling Point in The Industry 

Historically, chefs have gone into the profession fully prepared for it to be fast-paced and high-stress, expecting to deal with it to meet their goals.  

But as the world is slowly shifting towards a more mindful and considered approach to the effects of stress on our mental health, it is thought that people are being discouraged from joining the chef industry due to its negative reputation in this respect. 

It was reported last year in Ireland that the chef shortage has become so pronounced the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) has imported talent from Italy, Croatia and France to address a shortfall of 3,000 chefs across the country. 

The industry, in general, is slowly changing – even Gordon Ramsay recently admitted that he has vowed to reduce swearing in the kitchen for one of his television ventures. This is symbolic of a significant change in the cheffing industry – let me explain further. 


Changes in the Sector 


If you feel overwhelmed by pressure in your job, you’re not alone. It is becoming increasingly common for chefs to say enough is enough when it comes to the difficult working environments they are used to putting up with.  

Celebrity chef Jay Rayner in his Guardian article talks about the effects of cheffing on mental health, and how necessary change is coming, slowly but surely. And he isn’t the only one to do so: industry experts Tom Kneale, Andrew Clarke and Selin Kiazam have all raised issues concerning toxic kitchens. 

Working in a kitchen can be stressful – it comes with the territory, but the stress should not overcome the enjoyment of your job. When this happens, it is time to ask the question ‘am I really happy here?’ 


The Profession Vs The Company 

Falling out of love with your job can be disheartening for anybody, and even worse in such an all-encompassing career like that of a chef. 

Dealing with constant stress levels so high that they become overwhelming does not usually end well. Many times, when I speak to chefs who are looking for a new role, they tell me that they felt they couldn’t go on in their previous place of work – staff shortages, increased demand from customers and lack of support from management are among the more common complaints. 

Ask yourself – ‘when did I start feeling like this?’, ‘do I feel supported in my role?’ and ‘do I have a good relationship with my colleagues and my manager?’ 

If your negative feelings towards your job are stemming from problems within your current role – it might be time to consider your options. From the many clients I work with I can assure you that there are great establishments out there who look out for their employees; if you need help finding a new chef job – we can help with this 

If you have realised that your current place of work is causing you unnecessary stress and is making you turn to unhealthy coping mechanismsthen it might be time for a change.  


Changing Roles – What Options Are Out There? 


Of course, the best way to fix the problem is by changing jobs from a place where you are barely just surviving to one where you can thrive and are supported by your managers, love the work you do and have a better work-life balance. 

If you’re a chef looking to leave your current toxic workplace, what options are available to you? 

Contact us at KSB to discuss what career choices are available to you, or alternatively, consider the following options- 

  • If you are a CDP or are just starting out in the industry, and you love hospitality but constantly feel overwhelmed in the kitchen, why not consider a front of house or management role – is it possible to become trained up in a different skill in your current place of work? 
  • More experienced chefs have the potential to move into training or teaching – this is a great career move for those with at least five years experience in a head or executive chef role. 
  • Increasingly, we are seeing a range of catering and hospitality staff moving from stressful ‘traditional’ restaurants into contract catering. This kind of work is on the rise as chefs seek out more structured working hours and a change from the intense pressure of the Brigade de Cuisine.  



If you’ve outgrown your current role and are thinking of making a smart career move, get in touch with our consultants today to discuss your cheffing career options and the roles we currently have available.  


About KSB  

We are expert recruiters in the catering and hospitality industry, with over 28 years in business placing the best candidates in their perfect roles with obsessive attention to detail.  

KSB is proud to be a Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) member, accredited investors in people, and both Data Protection and Home Office Compliance registered. 

We specialise in roles in Birmingham, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire. 




How To Survive Your First 30 days In Your New Hospitality Job

So, you’ve just landed that exciting role you’ve been dreaming about. You might be the head chef at the newest restaurant in town, a prestigious hotel in the city or you’re moving to an exciting new place for a seasonal adventure.

Working in hospitality offers excellent scope for movement. The speed and innovation with which the sector is growing means that there are always new opportunities opening up for staff who are hungry for a new challenge.