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Food Preparation Worker

Food Preparation Worker

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

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A Short Version of this test is available.   What's the Difference?

Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Food Preparation Worker (Short)

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.
  • Operate cash register, handle money, and give correct change.
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage.
  • Portion and wrap the food, or place it directly on plates for service to patrons.
  • Take and record temperature of food and food storage areas, such as refrigerators and freezers.
  • Prepare a variety of foods, such as meats, vegetables, or desserts, according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.
  • Keep records of the quantities of food used.
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service, or store them in refrigerated storage cabinets.

About the test (Full Version)

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 and Attention to Detail
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Food Safety Fundamentals
Personality
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control
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 (2019)
Bottom 10%:
$18,220 or less
Bottom 25%:
$20,800 or less
Median:
$24,800 (Average)
Top 25%:
$29,650 or more
Top 10%:
$35,500 or more

Hourly US Wages (2019)
Bottom 10%:
$8.76 or less
Bottom 25%:
$10.00 or less
Median:
$11.92 (Average)
Top 25%:
$14.26 or more
Top 10%:
$17.07 or more

US Employment Statistics
2018:
842,100
2028 (projected):
911,200
Annual U.S. Job Openings:158,500

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Food Production
  • English Language
  • Production and Processing
  • Mathematics
  • Sales and Marketing
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Time Management
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Service Orientation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
Top Abilities
  • Near Vision
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Oral Expression
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Speech Clarity
  • Speech Recognition
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Trunk Strength
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
38%
High School Diploma:
45%
Bachelor's Degree:
4%
Post-Masters Certificate:
13%
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
None:
42%
Less than 1 Month:
10%
1 - 3 Months:
14%
6 Months - 1 Year:
12%
1 - 2 Years:
14%
4 - 6 Years:
4%
6 - 8 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: Cafeteria Aide, Carver, Caterer, Caterer Helper, Catering Assistant, Chicken and Fish Butcher, Coffee Brewer, Coffee Maker, Cold Meat Cook, Crew Mess Attendant, Culinary Worker, Deli Clerk (Delicatessen Clerk), Deli Slicer, Delicatessen Slicer, Diet Aide, Dietary Aide, Dietary Assistant, Expeditor, Food Expeditor, Food Handler, Food Order Expediter, Food Preparation Kitchen Aide, Food Preparation Worker, Food Preparer, Food Server, Food Service Aide, Food Service Specialist, Food Service Worker, Food Tray Assembler, Fruit and Vegetable Parer, Kitchen Assistant, Kitchen Clerk, Kitchen Food Assembler, Kitchen Hand, Kitchen Helper, Kitchen Lead, Kitchen Runner, Kitchen Staff, Kitchen Steward, Kitchen Team Crew Member, Kitchen Team Member, Kitchen Utility Associate, Line Server, Lineman, Meat Clerk, Mess Attendant, Nutrition Aide, Nutrition Helper, Pantry Cook, Pantry Goods Maker, Pantry Goods Worker, Pantry Worker, Parer, Pastry Cook Helper, Peeler, Pie Cutter, Prepared Foods Team Member, Produce Production Team Member, Raw Shellfish Preparer, Restaurant Worker, Salad Bar Clerk, Sandwich Artist, Sandwich Maker, Seafood Preparer, Service Team Crew, Service Team Member, Slicer

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Food Servers, Nonrestaurant, Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers, Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, Cooks, Fast Food, Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers, Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food, Cooks, Short Order, Waiters and Waitresses, Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, Cooks, Restaurant, Slaughterers and Meat Packers, Packers and Packagers, Hand, Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic, Shampooers, Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand


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Activities performed during the Test
  • Complete a time-sheet.
  • Estimate gross pay for a month.
  • Review and explain work schedule guidelines.
  • Review and explain corporate policies to colleagues.
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