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Friday, October 2, 2009

Here Are Two Good Questions to Ask In an Interview

A lot of the times when waiters go for an interview we go to places without trying to figure out how much we may actually make in that place. Unless the place is super busy all the time and we needn't worry about whether it will fill our pockets and sustain us and pay our bills , we have to know about how much we can be expected to earn.

If you ask your interviewer how much you can earn there he will avoid telling you cause he or she may not actually know or want to tell you. He will probably add it depends how good you are.

So this is what I suggest a waiter to ask.

1. What is the average guest's check? Is it $35 dollars , $50 dollars , $25?

2. How big is the section you will be working and how many covers can you be expected to do on the average each night? If the interviewer says your section will be on the average no less than 12 people turning it over two to three times nightly then you can figure out how many covers you can expect to do. 12 x 2.5 = 30 covers

So let's say you will do and I will low ball it and say 25 covers x $35 = $875

Then take the $875 and divide by 15% = About $130

Also ask about tip out , and then what is left is what you should be expecting to take home.

If the manager cannot give you average check answers and answer questions about your section and expected covers you would serve he is either dumb and stupid and doesn't know anything about his business or he is hiding something.

Depending on one's obligations it is just best to know how much you can make before anything else.


AK said...

This is a very good point, and all legitimate things I'd want to know before working in a restaurant (I definitely didn't ask them when I interviewed!).

I guess the concern is how to ask SO many pointed questions prior to the actual hire, without looking like your sole focus is how much money you're going to make (even though it is). Perhaps asking another server would be a better option...? I know that I did a 1 hour follow shift, after I was hired but before I accepted the job, to feel it out and this was a better opportunity to get those answers.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

AK...I believe that asking these questions will at least serve as notice to who is interviewing that you indeed have obligations to meet and need to make so much. This way they will know they have a live one here who takes their work serious enough to completely rely on it for their income. At least it is all out in the open upfront. I have been to interviews where I mentioned I need to make this much a month and they have said oh no you will never make that here and that ends the interview. We shake hands and that is the end. I may ask who else they know who is hiring before that though. They may lead you to someone else.

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