Passion in the kitchen!
It’s not always easy to express in words those things that are the most important to us. It can be especially difficult when we’re anxious about the outcome of a critical interview.
Add to this the fact that some people are naturally more dispassionate and unreadable to others and that you may be tired from the morning’s competition and it’s no surprise you might appear to be less than enthusiastic .
Here are a few tips to help you put into words and actions why working in the culinary and hospitality field is so very vital to you.
You’re taking the first step, by preparing yourself and practicing.
When you finally get to your interview, you’ll be ready to stay in the present, convey a positive attitude – and sit up straight. (No kidding – it’s really important to physically demonstrate that you’re actively involved in this interview.)
Use gestures as you speak to underline the impact of your words.
Tell stories that inspire you and help to illustrate the point you want to make.
Smile as you speak and look directly at the people with whom you’re speaking. Sometimes just smiling helps you feel more energetic and positive. That will help convey the joy and excitement you feel about your work.
Keep the volume of your voice up, and vary the pace and pitch of your voice. This will keep you from falling into a monotone and remind you of the importance of what you’re saying.
Finally – practice some more. Here’s one more tip: if you are practicing your cooking techniques and plating, you can run through a practice interview aloud while you do that.
Tomorrow: How to be ready and relaxed at the same time.