BJ's Restaurants
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www.bjsrestaurants.com Huntington Beach, CA 5000+ Employees

BJ's Restaurants Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2014
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Host Interview

Host
Orange, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at BJ's Restaurants in June 2014.

Interview Details – Was a surprisingly quick interview process. After submitting an application online, I asked to speak with the manager in the store, he was willing to interview me right then and there. He asked me to come back the next day for a second interview and after that one they offered me the job. Very relaxed interviews overall. They seemed to just want to get a general sense of my personality, work ethic, leadership ability, and interest in BJ's specifically. Come prepared with some basic information about BJ's culture and values. They seemed to like that I knew BJ's goal as a restaurant and was able to communicate that.

Interview Question – Questions ranged anywhere from "Why apply for BJ's over other restaurants?" to "If you were going to the movies with your friends and you really wanted to see a particular movie, how likely is it you would all end up seeing that movie?" Be ready to talk about BJ's and talk about how your personality plays out in life.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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Hostess Interview

Hostess
Orlando, FL

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at BJ's Restaurants in April 2014.

Interview Details – I saw an ad on Craigslist that they were hiring. I applied online, went in that day and asked to speak to a manager. The manager went over my application and asked me a few questions about my current job and why I wanted to work there. Then she set up an interview with the Senior Asst manager a couple of days later. He asked me about my availability, experience, how I would work there on top off school and another job. Then he set up an interview with the GM. He asked me a few situational questions and asked about my work performance. After about 10 minutes he extended an offer and I had orientation the next day. All managers were really nice and easy to talk to.

Interview Question – When faced with multiple tasks at once, how would you handle the situation?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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Server Interview

Server
Irvine, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at BJ's Restaurants in May 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online and actually called the restaurant to let them know I had applied and if I could speak to a manager. the manager talked to me over the phone and asked me to come in for a first interview. She was pretty down to earth. she asked me about my previous Job experience as a server, Why I wanted to work at BJ's and the standard BJ's trys to accomplish with all their restaurants. She said she was impressed and she past me along to the General Manager.

Interview Question – Tell me a time when you dealt with a difficult customer.   Answer Question

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Food Server, Food Runner Interview

Food Server, Food Runner
Daytona Beach, FL

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at BJ's Restaurants in January 2014.

Interview Details – Great experience,you think its going to be an organized business at first but its not.You can tell the managers are meglomaniacs and have sex with the employees. Its an OK in between jobs place to work,but dont plan on making a living and paying your rent on time if your a full time foodrunner/server.
This appears to be a great place but is ran horribly and food runners who close take all the tips home and skim money.

Interview Question – Nothing,as long as you have experience the hiring process is easy and they are so unfair that they are always hiring.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Min wage for food running shifts and $4.91 per hour plus tips for servers

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Server Interview

Server
Lubbock, TX

I applied online and interviewed at BJ's Restaurants.

Interview Details – I applied online and they called me about a month later for an interview. I was hired on the spot after interviewing with two managers, one of which was the GM. The interviews were rather long and they asked a lot of questions. Most were general interview/restaurant questions so they could get to know you, but some were rather difficult.

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Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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Server Interview

Server
Katy, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at BJ's Restaurants in March 2014.

Interview Details – I was part of a mass hiring recently for a new location opening up. I applied on Friday the 21st of March, got called within the next two days to swing by on Monday behind the new location in the hiring trailer. I saw about 10 other people while I was there, within a half hour I had been interviewed and he gave me the option to hang out while he called my references or head out and he'd give me a call later. I chose to stay and wait; and within 15 minutes he had called my references. As soon as he cleared my references he passed me onto another manager who was filling out people's information in the computer (mass hiring so they had an "assembly line" set up).

Because the restaurant wasn't yet finished constructing I did have to wait until April 3rd to do orientation and the subsequent training took place between the 7th and the 19th but it was a BRAND NEW restaurant.

Interview Question – What do you think is your biggest weakness?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It's a tip paying job so no negotiation. However they were very flexible with my hours.

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Server Interview

Server
Newport Beach, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at BJ's Restaurants in December 2012.

Interview Details – I applied online and didn't receive a call for about a week and a half. I had one brief interview and was asked to return for a 2nd with the general manager. After meeting with the general manager I was offered the position,

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you had to deal with an unhappy guest and how you helped the situation.   Answer Question

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Server Interview

Server
Frederick, MD

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at BJ's Restaurants in October 2013.

Interview Details – Contacted by phone, meet with a manager and discuss work history, discuss availability, after hired intense training happens. You are given a copy of the menu with descriptions, you follow another server for a few days. You are then tested on the information and passing the test is the only way to get hired.

Interview Question – Why you want to work there?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Easy Interview

Bartender, Server Interview

Bartender, Server

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at BJ's Restaurants.

Interview Details – First, you apply online. It can help if you go in and ask to talk to GM or AGM WHEN IT IS NOT BUSY (230-5 on weekdays). Once they review your resume, they contact you for a series of three interviews with a manager, AGM, and then GM. I got hired on as a server even though I did not fit the 1-year requirement of serving. If they like you enough, they will find something for you.

Interview Question – Describe what qualifies you for this job.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None

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Server Interview

Server

Interviewed at BJ's Restaurants

Interview Details – Applied online, was called within the week to go in for an interview ASAP, interviewed the next day and got the job. Started training the next day and was on the floor within a week.

Interview Question – Why should I hire you?   Answer Question

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