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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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Team Member Interview

Team Member
Monrovia, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Chipotle.

Interview Details – I applied for the position in Monrovia, CA. I received an email stating the time/date of the interview and it said that if I was unavailable to meet at that time, I should email the store and reschedule. I emailed the store, not once, but TWICE, and never received a response. The only email response I got was an automated one saying that I didn't get the job. Um.. yeah? Maybe because your store manager never checked their emails.

Interview Question – Did not have one.   Answer Question

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Team Crew Member Interview

Team Crew Member

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Chipotle.

Interview Details – I applied online and heard back that day, but if you do not hear back I would recommend calling to follow up. Then you continue on to the interview which is in the store within the customers, like a conversation between friends. Then, you get asked questions and answer them and you may or may not hear something back.

Interview Question – Why should we hire you over anyone else?   View Answer

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Crew Member Interview

Crew Member
New York, NY

I applied online - interviewed at Chipotle in June 2013.

Interview Details – Your employee hiring process is critical to your business success. Most people contend that their employees are their most important asset. If this is true, then deciding who to hire is one of the most important decisions you make.

Like your other key business processes, hiring needs to be approached in an organized, logical manner. Applying a proven process is going to get you the best results.

Too often though hiring is done in a rushed or even panic mode. A good employee has just quit or some critical business need isn’t getting satisfied. When you need a new employee, you need them now.

Interview Question – what do you help to contribute to this company ?   Answer Question

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Restaurant Team Member - Crew Interview

Restaurant Team Member - Crew
New York, NY

The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Chipotle in June 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online and was emailed within a week letting me know the details for a group interview. I arrived to the interview 10 minutes early and was given a drink cup to fill before sitting down at a table inside the restaurant. (The free drink was the only positive aspect of this torturous situation) So I sit down and two other candidates arrive and join me at the table. After waiting at least 10 minutes past the scheduled time, the apprentice, who is one of the most unprofessional people I have ever met, comes to the table to begin the interview, starting off by criticizing me for dressing nicely. She passes around a pen and pad for us to write down our contact information and then begins to ask us questions. She starts off by asking each of us two basic interview questions. Shortly after, she says with "I know I'm not supposed to ask this, but whatever," and proceeds to ask us questions that are strictly prohibited by Equal Opportunity. I couldn't believe that she would acknowledge the fact that she isn't allowed to ask those questions and then proceeded to anyways!
After concluding questioning, she says "My GM didn't want to have to come talk, but I'm gonna drag him out here." So the other candidates and I wait another ten minutes before the GM comes out from the back of the restaurant, looking like he had just rolled out of bed. He says hi and whatever and then asks us one question "What's your favorite type of music," before concluding the interview.
The apprentice then shakes our hands and says that she will be in contact with us within 48 hours. It's been two weeks since the interview and I haven't heard a word.

For a company as well regarded as Chipotle, you'd think that they'd hire professional employees and not these monsters to run their restaurants. I wouldn't pay those two a cent, let alone a large salary!

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Crew Member Interview

Crew Member
Middletown, NY

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Chipotle in June 2014.

Interview Details – I applied on the Chipotle website and received an email to come for an interview about 3 days later. The interview was okay, it was group interview with one other candidate, the manager, and two employees. I thought it was pretty unprofessional, the manager swore A LOT, and it was pretty awkward. I began to lose interest in this position from the behavior of the manager and the fact that when asked about our previous employers the other candidate brought up how cool her ex boss was because he was "chill" and smoked weed and the manager seemed pleased with that answer. At the end of the interview we were given a tour and met the crew and were told we'd get a call soon. It's been almost a week and still haven't heard anything and I'm pretty glad. I wouldn't recommend applying here.

Interview Question – Call a friend and tell them to describe you in 3 words.   Answer Question

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Compliance Specialist Interview

Compliance Specialist
Denver, CO

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Chipotle in June 2014.

Interview Details – After completing their online application, I received a phone call from one of the compliance specialist's within 10 days. The compliance specialist called asking when I would be available to come in for an interview. We set up a time for the following week. Following our phone call, I received an email confirmation with more details about the interview. On the day of the interview, I arrived early, and was met by three compliance specialists. In total I was asked about 4 or 5 questions. Next I was asked if I had any questions for them. I proceeded to ask a few of them. The interview was over within 40 minutes. They said they would be in touch by the end of the week. I received an email within 48 hours stating that I was not going to receive an offer.

Interview Question – The questions asked were more "people-related" questions than work-product questions. One of the questions asked if there was a time that I noticed someone who was not living up to their potential, and how I handled that situation.   Answer Question

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Crew Member Interview

Crew Member
Santee, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Chipotle in May 2014.

Interview Details – Altogether I went through two interviews so here's how it went.

The first interview went very well, I met with the head of kitchen staff and it was a fun interview to be honest. He just wanted to know what do I do for fun and what do I know about the company. It went great and I passed through.

The second interview was a bit more interesting. It was a group interview with two high school girls and for them it was their first interview. We were being interviewed by the general manager of the store. I thought I did great again. Especially when it came to knowledge of the company I had done much more research than the other interviewees in the group. But ultimately I was not hired. I think this is because I lack experience. I only have 6 months of experience at a restaurant as a runner/Busser/host that was over a year ago and I have only a small (one day a week) side job that isn't much. Although I was and am passionate for the company and I know that I am more than capable to be a great employee I was not selected. It could be many factors but I think the largest of which is my lack of experience.

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Crew Member Interview

Crew Member

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Chipotle in April 2014.

Interview Details – I think I probably have the strangest interview process I've ever seen, even within this site. I applied in January when a new store was opening in March and while I was first denied, I was later emailed about open interviews which were group interviews. This was around late April. Where I live, it's rather small and everyone is looking for a job so a lot of people were there. I never heard back after those group interviews. I kept calling them though and asking when they would get back to everyone and they kept saying next week. After two weeks, I went in person and was offered a second interview by one of the assistant managers and while the interview went well, they said they were 4 people overstaffed and yet still looking to hire. It made no sense? He told me he would get back to me for a third interview with the actual manager the next day but never did. After going in person two times, week after week and hearing him tell me that he would get back to me soon, I gave up. Apparently no one from the extremely large group interviews was ever offered a second interview yet alone a job. I really wanted to work at Chipotle but I don't think it's fair that I have to keep calling and coming in and never hearing back. At some point I want to know whether they truly want to hire me or not.

Interview Question – Really no difficult questions. They want people to say that they're willing to move up in the company, stick with them, and eventually become restaurateurs. Look through their videos and do the research on the company. You'll impress them if you know the 13 characteristics they look for in an employee and the restaurants motto, "food with integrity". They'll ask you what you know about the company and if you can work in a busy environment and get along with people.   Answer Question

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Crew Member Interview

Crew Member

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Chipotle.

Interview Details – Gave me a good tour of the restaurant and all of the functions of each area of the restaurant, as well as an overview of the type of place Chipotle was in terms of culture building and workplace mentality. They have a checklist of the 13 chipotle characteristics that you have to meet and I believe that if you don't meet all 13 of them, you don't get the second interview, because she basically showed me that I had only met 10 of the 13.

Interview Question – Based on what I've told you about Chipotle, what are you the most excited about?   Answer Question

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Crew Member Interview

Crew Member
Saint Paul, MN

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Chipotle in June 2014.

Interview Details – There are 3 interviews. The first is with one of the store managers. It is a group interview. There were 5 other people and me. The manager kept getting interrupted by the crew members with phone calls, etc. It was pretty informal. After that you will receive a phone call if they are interested in you still/or an email if they are not. The third interview is with the existing crew. If ONE person says no to you, you're out.

Interview Question – The questions really weren't difficult or unexpected. They asked "what is your greatest strength and weakness". That is very standard though. She asked about the thirteen characteristics (look on the Chipotle website and there is an explanation).   View Answer

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