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Cook - Short Order
Cook - Short Order
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Cook - Short Order

Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Grill, cook, and fry foods such as french fries, eggs, and pancakes.
  • Clean food preparation equipment, work areas, and counters or tables.
  • Take orders from customers and cook foods requiring short preparation times, according to customer requirements.
  • Grill and garnish hamburgers or other meats, such as steaks and chops.
  • Restock kitchen supplies, rotate food, and stamp the time and date on food in coolers.
  • Perform food preparation tasks, such as making sandwiches, carving meats, making soups or salads, baking breads or desserts, and brewing coffee or tea.
  • Plan work on orders so that items served together are finished at the same time.
  • Complete orders from steam tables, placing food on plates and serving customers at tables or counters.

About the test

The HR Avatar Cook - Short Order 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 - Short Order 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
Personality
  • 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:35-2015.00
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%:
$17,520 or less
Bottom 25%:
$19,090 or less
Median:
$21,890 (Average)
Top 25%:
$25,450 or more
Top 10%:
$30,890 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$8.43 or less
Bottom 25%:
$9.18 or less
Median:
$10.52 (Average)
Top 25%:
$12.23 or more
Top 10%:
$14.85 or more

US Employment Statistics
2014:
181,600
2024 (projected):
172,300
Annual U.S. Job Openings:4,800

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Public Safety and Security
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Service Orientation
  • Time Management
  • Coordination
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Near Vision
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Oral Expression
  • Speech Clarity
  • Time Sharing
  • Problem Sensitivity
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
34%
High School Diploma:
46%
Post-Secondary Certificate:
3%
Some College:
8%
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
9%
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
None:
20%
Less than 1 Month:
26%
3 - 6 Months:
10%
1 - 2 Years:
20%
2 - 4 Years:
12%
6 - 8 Years:
7%
8 - 10 Years:
3%
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: Barbecue Cook, Bed and Breakfast Cook (B&B Cook), Breakfast Cook, Caterer, Chef, Chuck Wagon Cook, Cook, Deli Cook (Delicatessen Cook), Food Clerk, Griddle Attendant, Griddle Cook, Grill Associate, Grill Attendant, Grill Cook, Hash Slinger, Hasher, Line Cook, Pizza Cook, Pizza Maker, Prep Cook (Preparation Cook), Restaurant Worker, Sandwich Artist, Short Order Cook, Short Order Fry Cook, Snack Bar Cook

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food, Food Preparation Workers, Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop, Cooks, Fast Food, Food Servers, Nonrestaurant, Waiters and Waitresses, Cooks, Restaurant, Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers, Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers, Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop, Butchers and Meat Cutters, Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators, Parking Enforcement Workers, Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria, Glaziers, Office Machine Operators, Except Computer, Etchers and Engravers, Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard


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Activities performed during the Test
  • Correctly complete a time sheet to track weekly hours.
  • Estimate monthly pay.
  • Learn and explain work scheduling rules to co-workers.
  • Communicate company policies to team members who have questions.
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