Cook - Fast Food

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

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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:

Cook - Fast Food (Short)

Cook - Fast Food

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Order and take delivery of supplies.
  • Cook the exact number of items ordered by each customer, working on several different orders simultaneously.
  • Prepare specialty foods, such as pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches, or tacos, following specific methods that usually require short preparation time.
  • Operate large-volume cooking equipment, such as grills, deep-fat fryers, or griddles.
  • Wash, cut, and prepare foods designated for cooking.
  • Prepare and serve beverages, such as coffee or fountain drinks.
  • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
  • Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepare and cook food according to instructions.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Cook - Fast Food 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 - Fast Food 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
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability
  • Customer Service Mindset
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control

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:35-2011.00
Simulation Context:Restaurant (Fast Food)
O*Net Context:Food Preparation and Serving Related
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2022)
Bottom 10%:
$20,680 or less
Bottom 25%:
$22,550 or less
$27,640 (Average)
Top 25%:
$31,970 or more
Top 10%:
$35,800 or more

Hourly US Wages (2022)
Bottom 10%:
$9.94 or less
Bottom 25%:
$10.84 or less
$13.29 (Average)
Top 25%:
$15.37 or more
Top 10%:
$17.21 or more

US Employment Statistics
2032 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:93,300

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Administration and Management
  • Transportation
  • Communications and Media
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security
  • English Language
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Service Orientation
  • Speaking
  • Coordination
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Near Vision
  • Information Ordering
  • Speech Recognition
  • Written Comprehension
  • Speech Clarity
  • Trunk Strength
  • Manual Dexterity
Education Requirements
No High School Diploma:
High School Diploma:
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 - 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: Cook, Deep Fat Fryer Operator, Fast Food Cook, Fast Food Fry Cook, Fry Cook, Fryer, Fryline Attendant, Grill Cook, Line Cook, Pancake Professional, Pizza Baker, Pizza Chef, Pizza Cook, Pizza Maker, Prep Cook (Preparatory Cook), Restaurant Worker, Specialty Cook

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Help customers with menu selections.
  • Demonstrate understanding of cleanliness guidelines.
  • Calculate hourly pay and overtime pay.
  • Share positive business practices with customers.

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