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Food Preparation Worker
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Food Preparation Worker

Perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking, such as preparing cold foods and shellfish, slicing meat, and brewing coffee or tea.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, or silverware.
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.
  • Butcher and clean fowl, fish, poultry, and shellfish to prepare for cooking or serving.
  • Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, or desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.
  • Take and record temperature of food and food storage areas, such as refrigerators and freezers.
  • Keep records of the quantities of food used.
  • Wash, peel, and cut various foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to prepare for cooking or serving.
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service, or store them in refrigerated storage cabinets.

About the test

The HR Avatar Food Preparation Worker Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Food Preparation Worker test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Food Safety Fundamentals
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Empathy
Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:35-2021.00
Simulation Context:General Hourly
O*Net Context:Food Preparation and Serving Related
Price:40 Credits (Add 5 credits for online proctoring if used)
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$17,420 or less
Bottom 25%:
$18,960 or less
$21,440 (Average)
Top 25%:
$25,360 or more
Top 10%:
$31,040 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$8.37 or less
Bottom 25%:
$9.12 or less
$10.31 (Average)
Top 25%:
$12.19 or more
Top 10%:
$14.93 or more

US Employment Statistics
2026 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:157,700

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Food Production
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics
  • Administration and Management
  • Public Safety and Security
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Coordination
  • Time Management
  • Service Orientation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
Top Abilities
  • Information Ordering
  • Speech Recognition
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Trunk Strength
  • Oral Expression
  • Near Vision
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Doctoral Degree:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
Less than 1 Month:
1 - 3 Months:
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Assistant Cook, Baker, Baker Helper, Bakery Helper, Cafeteria Aide, Cafeteria Worker, Cartperson, Carver, Caterer, Caterer Helper, Catering Assistant, Chicken and Fish Butcher, Coffee Brewer, Coffee Maker, Cold Meat Cook, Cook, Cook Helper, Cook's Helper, Crew Mess Attendant, Culinary Worker, Deli Clerk (Delicatessen Clerk), Deli Slicer, Delicatessen Cutter Slicer, Diet Aide, Diet Kitchen Worker, Dietary Aide, Dietary Assistant, Dietary Cook, Dietary Patient Aide, Expeditor, Food Assembler, Kitchen, Food Handler, Food Order Expediter, Food Preparation Kitchen Aide, Food Preparation Worker, Food Preparer, Food Server, Food Service Aide, Food Service Specialist, Food Service Utility Worker, Food Service Worker, Food Tray Assembler, Fruit and Vegetable Parer, Hospital Tray Aide, Kitchen Assistant, Kitchen Clerk, Kitchen Hand, Kitchen Helper, Kitchen Lead, Kitchen Runner, Kitchen Staff, Kitchen Steward, Kitchen Utility Associate, Kitchen Worker, Line Cook, Line Server, Lineman, Meat Clerk, Mess Attendant, Nutrition Aide, Nutrition Helper, Nutritional Services Aide, Pantry Cook, Pantry Goods Maker, Pantry Goods Worker, Pantry Worker, Parer, Pastry Cook Helper, Peeler, Pie Cutter, Prep Cook (Preparation Cook), Produce Production Team Member, Raw Shellfish Preparer, Restaurant Worker, Salad Bar Clerk, Salad Maker, Sandwich Artist, Sandwich Maker, Seafood Preparer, Slicer

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Accurately fill out a time-sheet.
  • Estimate monthly wages.
  • Convey work schedule guidelines to co-workers.
  • Explain rules and policies to others.
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