Countdown to Thanksgiving: 2 Days

Thanksgiving is 2 days away, and the stores are crazy! As long as you have been following our blog and keeping up with your to-do list, then this week should be a breeze.

  • Tip #1: Pick up your perishable items. Whenever you have a free minute, head to the grocery store and grab your fresh items. Do this as soon as possible since the stores are going to be packed.
  • Tip #2: Plan how to cook your turkey. If you are using a roaster like the one we suggested in our Countdown to Thanksgiving: 2 Weeks post, follow these cooking times below. If you are stuffing your turkey, add half an hour to the cook times suggested below. Make sure to let the turkey cool before you cut it. If a turkey is too hot, it will tend to shred instead of slice.

Turkey Cooking Times

  • Tip #3: Prepare food ahead of time. Now is the time to make your veggie trays and salads ahead of time. This will save some you some time on Thursday morning.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember to relax!

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring New Employees

Are you preparing to beat the upcoming holiday rush by hiring new employees? It can be challenging trying to choose the best candidate based on a piece of paper, which means the interviewing process is crucial. Asking the right questions will help to make your decision easier. All you need to do is set some time aside in order to conduct the interviews, and ask the following list of 10 questions:

  1. How did you fill downtime at your previous job?
  2. How do you handle an angry customer?
  3. How do you make a customer feel welcome?
  4. How do you define a successful (insert job title here)?
  5. Why do you want to work for this company?
  6. Why do you want to work in the restaurant industry?
  7. Do you prefer routine or change in your daily tasks? Why?
  8. Do you work well under pressure? Give an example.
  9. What did you enjoy the most /least about your previous job?
  10. What are your three biggest strengths and weaknesses?

Aside from these 10 questions, it may be in your best interest to call and speak with their references. References typically won’t say bad things about the candidate, but if they are not ecstatic about this employee, then that may be a bad sign. Look for employees who say “we” instead of “I” when talking about previous jobs during their interview. One last tip: have a co-worker sit in on the interview in order to give you a second opinion.

Good luck and happy hiring!

Countdown to Thanksgiving: One Week

Thanksgiving is 7 days away, and it’s crunch time! With one week until the big day, the menu should be organized and everyone should know what to bring. Here are some tips for you to make this final week flow smoothly.

  • Tip #1: Get your shopping done early! Thanksgiving and crowded grocery stores go hand in hand. Get your shopping done early so you don’t get stuck with the last turkey on the shelf. You can wait until Monday or Tuesday to get your fresh items, but make sure that’s all you have to get because the stores will be crazy.
  • Tip #2: Thaw your turkey. Place your frozen turkey in the refrigerator, but make sure it is on a dish that will not allow it to drip onto other items. A good rule of thumb is to allow 24 hours of defrost time for every 4 to 5 pounds of turkey.

  • Tip #3: Prepare food in advance. You can make pies, appetizers and dips a few days in advance. Doing this will free up some time and help to relieve some stress.

Remember to ask your family and friends for help. The holidays are supposed to be fun and enjoyable!