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Cook - Restaurant
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Cook - Restaurant

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Inspect and clean food preparation areas, such as equipment and work surfaces, or serving areas to ensure safe and sanitary food-handling practices.
  • Ensure food is stored and cooked at correct temperature by regulating temperature of ovens, broilers, grills, and roasters.
  • Ensure freshness of food and ingredients by checking for quality, keeping track of old and new items, and rotating stock.
  • Turn or stir foods to ensure even cooking.
  • Season and cook food according to recipes or personal judgment and experience.
  • Bake, roast, broil, and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods.
  • Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes or personal judgment, using various kitchen utensils and equipment.
  • Portion, arrange, and garnish food, and serve food to waiters or patrons.

About the test

The HR Avatar Cook - Restaurant 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 Cook - Restaurant 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
  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:35-2014.00
Simulation Context:General Hourly
O*Net Context:Food Preparation and Serving Related
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$18,170 or less
Bottom 25%:
$20,530 or less
$24,140 (Average)
Top 25%:
$29,220 or more
Top 10%:
$35,090 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$8.73 or less
Bottom 25%:
$9.87 or less
$11.61 (Average)
Top 25%:
$14.05 or more
Top 10%:
$16.87 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:45,250

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Food Production
  • Production and Processing
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Administration and Management
Top Skills
  • Coordination
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Speaking
  • Operation Monitoring
Top Abilities
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Information Ordering
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Speech Recognition
  • Speech Clarity
  • Category Flexibility
  • Trunk Strength
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
Post-Secondary Certificate:
Some College:
Bachelor's Degree:
Doctoral Degree:
Post-Doctoral Training:
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:
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
4 - 6 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, Back Line Cook, Banquet Chef, Banquet Cook, Breakfast Cook, Broiler Chef or Cook, Chef, Chef de Froid, Chef De Partie, Cook, Cook Apprentice, Dinner Cook, Executive Chef, Food Service Worker, Foreign Food Specialty Cook, Fry Cook, Garde Manger, Grill Cook, Ice Cream Chef, Larder Cook, Line Cook, Lunch Cook, Pastry Baker, Prep Cook (Preparation Cook), Prep Person, Railroad Cook, Roundsman, Sandwich Artist, Saucier, Sous Chef, Specialty Cook, Specialty Foods Cook, Station Cook, Vegetable Cook

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Correctly complete a time-sheet.
  • Accurately calculate monthly wages.
  • Review and explain work schedule guidelines.
  • Keep track of new information and communicate it to others.
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