How to Make Your Next Cook/Dishwasher Hire

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Last updated at 09-16-2020 21:08:11



More than 8,220 companies advertise 17,103 Cook/Dishwasher jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Cook/Dishwasher most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 5,791 job posts from 3,082 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 85.0% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 64 Cook/Dishwasher job seekers for every active Cook/Dishwasher job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Dishwasher, Warehouse Worker, Delivery Driver, Retail Sales Associate, Laborer, Cook, Customer Service Representative, Crew Member, Line Cook, and Team Member seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Cook/Dishwasher candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Cook/Dishwasher candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 43.1% of the active Cook/Dishwasher candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 26.6% have between 3-5 years of experience, 19.4% have 6-10 years of experience, and 10.9% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 5.6 years to 5.6 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include cooking, restaurant experience, communication skills, kitchen experience, culinary experience, customer service, English, sanitation, knife skills, and food service. Demand for communication skills, kitchen experience, restaurant experience, customer service, cooking, food service, and culinary experience has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Cook/Dishwasher with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.2 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 60.9% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 20.0%.

Example Cook/Dishwasher responsibilities

  • Preparing food by following recipes
  • Preparing trays for service, setting tables, and delivering meals to guests
  • Washing dishes, utensils, pots, and equipment
  • Maintaining kitchen supplies, organizing inventory
  • Participating in food preparation and serving to ensure that the highest quality meal is available for all guests


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Cook/Dishwasher positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Florida, California, Texas, North Carolina, and New York are the states that have the highest demand for Cook/Dishwashers. Florida, California, Texas, New York, and North Carolina are where most job seekers are searching for Cook/Dishwasher jobs. If we look at the Cook/Dishwasher to job ratio, Maine, Indiana, Utah, Wyoming, and New Hampshire have the lowest number of Cook/Dishwasher applicants per job. Maryland, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and California have the most active Cook/Dishwasher job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 372,588 job seekers interested in Cook/Dishwasher opportunities in the United States. That’s a 103.5% increase compared to the previous quarter with 183,098 active job seekers. Around 43.1% of the active Cook/Dishwasher candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 26.6% have between 3-5 years of experience, 19.4% have 6-10 years of experience, and 10.9% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Cook/Dishwasher candidates is 5.6 years. Active candidates in the Cook/Dishwasher profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Cook/Dishwasher candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 12,500 Cook/Dishwashers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including McDonald's, Chili's, Popeye's Restaurants, Pizza Hut, IHOP, KFC, Burger King, Cracker Barrel, Applebee's, and Sonic Drive-In.

After analyzing post-interview data from Cook/Dishwasher candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 73.4% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 97.6% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Cook/Dishwasher candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, and background check. Most employers do not require a they have no interview, drug test, or problem solving exercises. If you are trying to hire your next Cook/Dishwasher quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 74.0% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 58% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What personality traits would you say best describe you?
  • Do you have any special talents or hobbies?
  • Give an example of when you went above and beyond the requirements of a job.
  • How do you prepare yourself for this job?
  • How do you handle stress?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Cook/Dishwasher salary offered by employers increased for 3 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 2% from $28,487.89 to $28,951.9 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Cook/Dishwasher positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: discounts by 77.0%, healthcare insurance by 25.0%, paid time off by 22.5%, dental insurance by 18.0%, a 401k plan by 16.9%, vision insurance by 14.4%, and stock options/grants by 4.3%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including flexible working hours, maternity leave, fully remote, paternity leave, location variety, somewhat remote, mostly remote, and sabbaticals, to attract and retain Cook/Dishwasher candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 16.9% of the employers conducted a background check, and 6.1% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Cook/Dishwasher candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Cook/Dishwasher, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Cook/Dishwasher candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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