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General Manager Interview

Accepted Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview
Accepted Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied in-person – interviewed at Chipotle.

Interview

Four interviews and working the AGM position for over a year to "prove" that you can do the job. Very difficult interview overall. More of acting the position of GM first and then going over how you were going to become an RT or turn the store around. Lots of pressure on performance.

Interview Questions

  • At a different restaurant than your home restaurant; spend 30 minutes observing and then diagnose why the restaurant is not yet restauranteur.   Answer Question

Negotiation

Very little negotiation allowed; college degree was more of a disadvantage (superiors felt intimidated?) than an advantage, which was disappointing.

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    General Manager Interview

    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    I went online to apply for the job. I got a call from HR to schedule an interview. The process is pretty quick. The first one was a phone interview and a few days later, I got a phone call for a face-to-face interview.

    Interview Questions

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    General Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Chipotle.

    Interview

    There are many interviews, they focus in experience and to see if you are a good fir for their culture they want to see a upbeat personality so drink a red bull before you go.
    They like to see high level of energy and flexible schedule to work those long hours

    Interview Questions

    • They have you run a shift with a training store and see your performance   Answer Question
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    General Manager Interview

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Chipotle (Fort Worth, TX) in July 2011.

    Interview

    Applied to ad FOR Store Mgrs.Given interview @Job Fair. Told AT interview "NOBODY'S hired INTO Mgmt." Bait & Switch offer of $8.50hr to 'work way up ladder'.NO gauruntees,NOT even a fasttrack program. Not ONE word of this disclosed upfront. As a GM of 20years I felt the whole thing was unprofessional.

    Reasons for Declining

    * I cut the interview short and explained that I would take my 20 years of Restaurant Management experience to someone who was looking to run an HONEST ad, conduct a LEGITIMATE interview for such a position and consider my credentials appropriatley. Not smart to leave a $45-50k career for an $8.50 hour "OPPURTUNITY". Company is rated as having GREAT pay & perks for Management but I don't think I would ever work for a company who engaged in such misleading recruitment practices 'just' to get you in the door to begin with.

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    General Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Chipotle (Huntington Beach, CA) in February 2010.

    Interview

    Really enjoyed interviewing with the Regional Manager. He was specific but enjoyable to interview with. Would much rather have him as a direct boss than who currently is my boss.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Didn't really have a choice, should definately offer more for GM role.

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    General Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Chipotle in February 2009.

    Interview

    Interview process was extremely unprofessional. After 2 in store interviewsi was asked to Merry at a deli to discuss options. The area manager couldn't give me any definitive answers. Everything was kind of up in the air. I had 6 years management experience going into this interview and was told that I had to start as a crew member but not to worry because turnover was high so I would move up quickly.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiations.

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    General Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Chipotle in August 2008.

    Interview

    There was a three person panel with questions about my past experiences and behavioral questions (what I had done/would do in certain sample situations.) I passed, and then was asked to complete an In-store experience (ISE) at a restaurant to see if they liked my performance and social skills. I am very outgoing, and have quite a bit of experience in different places, so it was very easy to be useful and comfortable right away. If that doesn't come easy to you, just do your best.

    Negotiation

    Raises are not reliable, so don't go in low thinking you will be bumped up. The GM pay is lower than most GM positions. I took a huge pay decrease to go from a GM position where I was working 60+ hours regularly to go a position that was supposed to be 45 hours regularly. 50 hours was the norm, and then changed to the requirement.

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