Optimize Hire for Restaurants

Psychologists at the Wharton School typically recommend adding traits like grit and positive energy to standard cognitive ability, personality and motivation tests when hiring for positions in food service. Give us a call or contact us online to tell us more about your business so our expert partners can offer company-specific customizations.

Why Optimize Hire?

Optimize Hire behavioral tests are 8-10 minutes long and have a 96% national completion rate. Created by Dr. Adam Grant and customized by experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania our tests have been validated to show improvement in turnover and other job performance outcomes.


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What experts recommend

All applicants are tested on behavioral traits and ranked by score. Psychologists recommend choosing the highest scorers to go on to resume review and interviews. It works the same way as the SAT - the higher the score, the greater likelihood - on average - of success.

Pre Employment Testing for Cognitive Ability

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Pre Employment Testing For Personality


Pre Employment Testing for Motivation


Traits of reliable food service employees

The following traits are proven predictors of job performance and turnover for food service employees according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and decades of psychology research. The Optimize Hire Food Service Pre Employment Tests can assess any combination of these traits and others that are specific to your company needs.

Cooperation — being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude

Stress Tolerance — accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations

Self Control — maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations

Dependability — being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations

Social Orientation — preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job

Adaptability/Flexibility — being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace

Integrity — being honest and ethical

Concern for Others — being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job

Attention to Detail — being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks

Initiative — willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges

Achievement/Effort — establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks

Leadership — willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction

Popular restaurant positions tested

Buffet Hostess, General Teller, Greeter, Hospitality Coordinator, Host, Host Coordinator, Hostess, Seater, Manager, Cook, Chef, Sous Chef, Food Runner, Barista, Cashier, Server, Waiter, Waitress, Back Line Cook, Fry Cook, Cafeteria Worker, Bartender, Food and Beverage Director, Catering Manager, Deli Worker, Baker

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