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Cheesecake Factory Kitchen Interview Questions

Updated Oct 1, 2014
Updated Oct 1, 2014
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    Kitchen Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Scheduled a phone interview through a recruiter. The cheesecake representative did not call at the scheduled time. Reset time with recruiter for another day, and cheesecake rep cancelled it half an hour before scheduled time and rescheduled for later that evening, then did not call that evening. Reset interview again with recruiter, and finally got interview the following week. Agent was rather rude, non-apologetic, and personality free.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Kitchen Prep Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redondo Beach, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redondo Beach, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    A listing was made on Craigslist for Kitchen Prep positions. Through this listing, I applied on the Cheesecake Factory online website and heard back about 4 days later from the Kitchen Manager. We set up an interview for the next day at 1:30.

    Coming to the location, all the workers I met were very friendly. I came early, informed the host about my interview, and the interviewer came out and acknowledged me right on time. He told me to take a seat in the bar area while he got a copy of my application, and a waitress shortly served me a glass of water, let me know my interview would start promptly, and told me to let her know if I preferred anything else than water. Wow- such a professional and friendly vibe, employees are really on top of things here.

    Within five minutes, the interviewer came to my table to interview me, accompanied with another person. Neither of these men were the kitchen manager that called me in, but the interviewer was actually the head chef and the man accompanying him was the trainer that was just shadowing the interview so he would where he needed to train me.

    It was a relatively short interview, about ten or fifteen minutes, that consisted mostly of simple questions related to previous restaurant experience. The interviewer also was very concerned on the ability to handle fast-paced, high-volume work at all times.

    After the interview, the men went to go consult with the Kitchen Manager to make a decision regarding if they will make the next step in the process, which would have been an interview with the Kitchen Manager. The first interviewer returned in about five minutes and let me know that they were very interested in my experience in a bakery, but could not offer me the Kitchen Prep position they were looking to fill because the experience did not relate enough. The interviewer did let me know that if any positions in the bakery or positions that were more applicable to my experience opened up, they would give me a call.

    Interview Questions
    • What was your favorite item you made? And can you please explain how you made it?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Kitchen Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory.

    Interview Details

    Make sure you research about the company. Doing your homework pays off. Be honest they know a lot about you from the online assessment you take before the interview. You must have a passion for great food and be willing to develop your people to level of expertise. It took about 2 hour for the interview. A small tour of the restaurant and a lunch food tasting of many dishes.

    Interview Questions
    • They ask me why I chose this company and what I knew about their culture.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Executive Kitchen Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    One phone interview, almost immediately after sending in resume. Followed by a in person interview with an area director within 1 week. Final Phone interview with Corporate kitchen Manager. Job offer within two weeks of initial interview.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you keep people motivated through busy stressful times.? What incentives are given to keep morale high   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Easy, Offer was in line with expectation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Kitchen Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Too much confusion on who I was to speak with next, who was calling who when, etc. Took over 2 months for the whole process

    Negotiation Details
    They dont do counteroffers or negotiate. They have strict guidelines of salary ranges. You take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Kitchen Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    I had a 2 1/2 hour long interview online. It was grueling, but it wanted more personality than anything else. I suppose they want a certain type in there. I hope this is a good fit for me.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were to try to dicipline an employee, would you wait until after the shift was over, or do it right then and there   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Yes, and I won out. Just stick to your guns.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Executive Kitchen Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    interview was fine

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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