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Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Chipotle.

    Interview Details

    I went to five interviews, but they were all easy. All of them were group interviews. Overall it was a good experience I suppose. In the first interview, 2 managers interviewed us and asked us basic questions, such as what we know about Chipotle. In the second interview the general manager interviewed us. Third interview was with another manager, fourth was with two crew members. In the fifth interview we just briefly talked to an employee, a few minutes later a manager came and told us we were hired. All of the questions were pretty basic and almost everyone just asked the same questions. Nothing difficult. Know the history of the company and other facts about it. They put a lot of weight in to how much you know about Chipotle so do a little bit of research before going to the interview. They don't care much about experience. Just be positive, smile a lot, and know your stuff and you should be fine.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Great interaction during interview the Kitchen Manager and manager where there they ask what motivates you! And they where very down to earth and made me feel comfortable, also they didn't Rush me or make me feel dumb.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Great job
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
  3.  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Had to meet at the SDSU Chipotle, sat there one on one with the manager and was interviewed. After a discussion about life, I was hired on the spot.

    Interview Questions
    • Why Chipotle? I never have eaten there before so I kind of was thrown off.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Would you like the work for Chipotle, Yes!
    Accepted Offer
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Chipotle.

    Interview Details

    They call you and collect you in groups to the store. You'll either be interviewed with 1-2 other people or you'll be interviewed 1 by 1. Depends on the store. They ask you general questions like who you are, what do you do for fun, why Chipotle..very basic background info. TOOK 1 MONTH & 3 WEEKS TO ACTUALLY START WORKING! (Horrible management?)

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chipotle Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Chipotle.

    Interview Details

    Walk-in application, interviewed on spot, asked basic questions like: What are your strengths/weaknesses, give an example of a time when you provided exceptional customer service, why do you want to work for Chipotle, etc...

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations, accepted base offer which was around 50 cents above minimum wage
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Chipotle in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    The interview was pretty simple and very fast. Just make sure you read up about the company, have a positive attitude and smile. I had to go on 2 interviews.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    If you want the job, take it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Chipotle in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    I went in attempting to be as most confident possible as I could. This was my very first job interview and I was extremely nervous, but I gave off a very confident vibe to myself when it came to be Interviewed. There was about six people there as well waiting to be Interviewed. I was last and I lasted about ten minutes. That same afternoon, Chipotle called me for a second Interview. That went about the same as the first, but I was interviewed by another manager. She was very friendly and made the conversation flow easily.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Do your research and speak highly of your accomplishments and attributes.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Williamsburg, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Williamsburg, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Chipotle in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    I filled out an app online and maybe two weeks late recieved an email to come in for an interview. At this interview there were four of us including me sitting at individual tables. We waited about 10 minutes and the manager came in and asked who arrived first (I did) and moved me to a table to the side. He asked me general questions like ; who am i, why chipotle, experience, what food do you like here, availability, would you be interested in moving up in the company, and maybe a few others. He also have a ton of information about the company. He told me I would get a call or email for another interview. A day later was the next interview where there were maybe 20 people. Me and another guy were pulled aside and given a tour following being interviewed by three crew members with the same general questions. They really wanted to see if you "fit"and wwould get along with everyone. After they conviened, I was told I got the job and would be sent an email regarding all the necessary paperwork.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Chipotle in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Three interviews total. First two consisted of group interviews that included 2 current crew members and a manager, It was a little different for me since this was my first interview process where potential candidates were also sitting in the group interview. The third and final interview was mainly a one-on-one with the general manager.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions included (from all three interviews):
      1. What do you like about Chipotle?
      2. What do you know about Chipotle? (as in company facts)
      3. If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
      4. What three qualities define you?
      5. Why should we hire you as opposed to other candidates?
      6. What does being a leader consist of?
      7. What is your favorite movie?
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Cashier and Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plainfield, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plainfield, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Chipotle in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    The interview process is unnecessarily tedious. My interview process is still going on, but I'll post what has happened so far..

    I had applied to maybe 4 or 5 different Chipotle's around me, and got a call 10 minutes later from one that was right down the street, asking me to come in for an interview the next day at 11 AM. I was nervous because I was reading reviews on here saying a lot of people showed up and it was for a group interview. The girl who called and scheduled the interview said it was going to be a group interview, but I showed up and it was just me and her, and she ended up being the General Manager of that particular Chipotle.

    First interview, January 7th: It was easy for the most part, and she asked:
    -What I knew about Chipotle. (Study up on Food With Integrity, Steve Ells, and demonstrate their 13 Characteristics -- Ambitious, Happy, Smart, Polite, Respectful, Honest, Conscientious. Presentable, Curious, Motivated, Hospitable, High Energy, Infectiously Enthusiastic)
    -What I was going to school for.
    -How was I going to use that degree to relate back to Chipotle.
    -My availability.
    -What I saw when I looked around the restaurant. (This threw me off because I've never really been asked this. She was asking really what I saw that made Chipotle stand out from other restaurants. It's the simplicity and how it's designed with low cost material so the food will be of better quality.)
    She also explained the interview process, which usually consisted of 3 or 4 interviews.
    She then told me she was conducting a number of open interviews that day and that she would call me by the end of the day. I didn't hear back from her for two days, so I ended up calling the location, and they asked me to come back in for my second interview that day at 5 pm.

    Second interview, January 9th: It was also very easy, and conducted with the Restauranteur of that Chipotle, he asked me:
    -What I knew about Chipotle.
    -Why I wanted to work at Chipotle.
    He also explained their vision, which is: "To maintain a team of top performers, who are empowered to achieve high standards." Which means they want their employees to come into work and try and not only better themselves, but better the company by working there, as well as strive to become a leader, and act like one in the process.
    As well as that, he explained the process of moving up in the company, and what the title of each person is, which is: Crew, Hourly Manager, Apprentice, General Manager, Restauranteur, Restauranteur (2-4).

    Third interview January 10th: Very easy, and conducted with the Kitchen Manager, he asked me:
    -What I knew about Chipotle.
    -What the catering orders consist of and how they are put together.
    -What the next interview will consist of.
    He said he will be calling in a few days to set up the 4th interview with the crew, which is where you sit and have lunch with them, and they get a feel for how they like you and if they want to add you to their team. I haven't been called yet, but I will be calling tomorrow to follow up and bug them a bit. They don't seem to be that great at calling people back when they say they will, so don't worry if they don't call you back right away. Just give them a call a day or two later and explain you're just following up on the interview.

    UPDATE:
    I went in for a fourth interview with the crew on January 13th. They said they would call me after the third interview, but never did, so I had to call Chipotle and ask them about my application and to follow up with the third interview. They asked me:
    -Why I wanted to work for Chipotle.
    -What I knew about the company.
    I went in at 3:30 pm, didn't leave until 5:00 pm. It wasn't really anything to be nervous about. They all made me feel comfortable and we just talked about a lot of different things that didn't even have to do with Chipotle. they explained what a typical work day is for them, and when they got paid, and how much. They offered me a meal, and I accepted. They also said they were going to call in 48 hours with a decision, which they didn't. I have called back twice now, and they said the same thing, they'd get back to me. I am still waiting for a call back and an offer.

    UPDATE #2:
    I called back maybe 5 days after I posted my last update, around January 18th/19th. I asked to speak with the GM directly, and she informed me that I got the job. I am just waiting on my background check to go through. Good luck to all those who interview with this company. It isn't easy, but it is worth it in the long run!

    Interview Questions
    • Look around the restaurant, what you do you see?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate anything. The starting pay for my area is $9, and I wanted to be paid that, or more. So I am happy.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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