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Updated Apr 20, 2014

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Quality Assurance Specialist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Denver, CO

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

Interview Details – Initially through Skype and phone leading to an in person interview. You interview with the whole department you are applying for and they take you through what you would be doing on a hypothetical workday.

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Finance Interview

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Interviewed at Chipotle

Interview Details – Got the interview through my school's career website. An easy interview, nice recruiters, talk a lot about past experience and how that can relate to their type of work.

Interview Question – What is not on your resume that you would like me to know about you?   Answer Question

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Crew Member
Saint Petersburg, FL

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

Interview Details – I walked in 15 minutes early and went up to the cashier. I told him I was there for an interview. Apparently people don't normally show up early because they had no idea what to do with me. They told me to sit down and wait. Waited 30 minutes instead of 15-20 and it only made me more nervous. The interview went ok and all the questions were normal.

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Cashier and Crew Member
New York, NY

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

Interview Details – I eat here because I love the food and have never seen an unhappy worker there, so when I was job hunting I decided to apply. I filled out an application online but decided to do a walk-in interview to express interest. It worked! The manager said there on-line application process had been overwhelmed but I should come back another day for an interview the store was busy. I returned and had a great interview with a manager.

He was very personable and explained the company's philosophy and expectations. I was asked typical interview questions-strengths and weaknesses, a time you overcame a difficult situation on the job--nothing too tough. I was invited for a second interview.

Interview Question – All the questions were typical: why did you choose to apply to this company? What are your strengths and weaknesses? How have you overcome a difficult situation on the job?   Answer Question

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Area Manager Interview

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

Interview Details – I applied online for the Area Manager position in mid-November. In early January, I heard from a recruiter at Chipotle HQ who who left me a message in the evening, wanting to have a phone interview the very next day. I was unable to talk the next day, so she was willing to wait until first thing the following business day. We spoke on the phone and she was very kind and consistent with the Chipotle culture I had researched online (through their career videos, etc). The questions were straight forward and about my experience and leadership style. She asked me if I was willing to commute to a city about 45 miles away (although I had originally applied for a position in my city); I said that I was willing to do that. She let me know that the max for this position is $80K. That was considerably less than I had been making, but I said I was open to it due to my attraction to the company overall and its growth opportunities. She let me know at the end of the interview that I would hear from a local recruiter to meet in person 1:1.

Within a couple of days, I heard from the local recruiter, who invited me to interview in person with her and one other recruiter about 15 - 20 miles from my home and about 40 miles away from the area I was applying for. We met at a coffee shop and I was told to dress very casual, so I did. The two recruiters I met with were very kind and had been with Chipotle for about 5 years each. They both seemed very inexperienced and a little unsure of what questions they were going to ask next. The questions they did ask seemed very basic once again. It was very easy to "wow" them and I felt confident I would go on to the next round of interviews.

I followed up with a thank you e-mail and shortly thereafter, I received an e-mail inviting me to meet with my would-be boss and possibly some other field leaders a few days later about 15 miles from my home and about 30 miles from my intended area. I dressed business casual for this interview. The tone of the process completely changed on this day as I met with my would-be boss, 6 would-be peers as well as one General Manager (a would-be peer's direct report). We sat at a picnic table outside except that everyone couldn't fit at the table to some sat at the nearby tables. The team overall seemed competent, but they were very aggressive, all firing questions and all with a slightly skeptical attitude about my previous experience. The questions this time were more specific: what is your definition of X? how would you work with employee Y? etc. The deal breaker was the Team Director (would-be boss) who was completely unprofessional, cursing in the interview and responding to my answers in a way that conveyed he thought my answer was stupid. He spent much of the time putting down my previous company and scoffing at my ability to transfer skills and experiences from that company to Chipotle.

By the end of this interview, I was anxious to go and certain I could not work for this individual. That evening, I received an e-mail from one of the recruiters telling me that they were not able to offer me the position. I replied with a lack of surprise, shared that the disinterest was mutual and provided her with feedback about the Team Director's approach in the interview. She apologized for my experience and said she would share the feedback with the Team Director.

Overall, a very disappointing experience. I had been a big fan of the Chipotle culture right up until then, but I guess it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch.

Interview Question – The Team Director knew one of my peers from my previous company (one that I did not get along with and did not have a similar approach to at all). He first made me guess what he observed the peer doing in a store one day and after I guessed he shared his observation with me. Before I had a chance to say that what the peer was doing was not representative of the position or company, he interjected, "Well, that's not how it works at Chipotle!"   Answer Question

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Cashier and Crew Member Interview

Cashier and Crew Member

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

Interview Details – They separated us into groups of 3/4 and asked us a few questions; What is your name and why did you apply for this job? Do you have any activities that would get in the way of work? What does Chipotle do that is different from other fast food places?

Interview Question – What does Chipotle do that is different from other fast food places? Only because of the excitement you must show over how great Chipolte is.   Answer Question

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Crew Member
Centreville, VA

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

Interview Details – Three weeks after I applied online, I got an email stating that they wanted to interview me. I arrived ten minutes early to the interview with casual clothing, and asked the woman behind the register that I had an interview. She expressed plenty of enthusiasm and told me to be seated anywhere in the store. I waited around a minute and she took her seat across the table from where I was sitting with a piece of paper in her hand. The questions were very easy to answer and I had no trouble with them. One thing I would like to advise the reader is if you do have an upcoming interview with Chipotle -- please go to their website and take your time to understand their 'Food with Integrity' policy; the woman spent a lot of her time talking about the policy and how much it means to the store. After the question-and-answer phase, I was given a tour around the store and was introduced to the people who works there. She advised me how Chipotle has 13 characteristics that they look for and value in their associates; this is another policy I would like the reader to understand before they attend the interview. When the tour was finishing up, I was told that I would get a phone call from them around one to two days to let me know if they decided to hire me or not. On the third day, I decided to give them a call to see if they want to continue the hiring process with me. The man who answered, which was one of the managers working at the store, told me to call back at a specific hour during that day, claiming that he was busy. I called during the hour they told me to call and I was put on hold for 20 minutes. Someone later picked up the phone and hung up.

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Crew Member
Pasadena, CA

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Chipotle in December 2013.

Interview Details – Two interviews were done on the first day. First was done by assistant manager, who asked basic questions (why do you want to work here, what is Chipotle's culture about, etc)0. Second interview was done by general manager who asked similar questions. In addition, he asked about my availability and what position as a crew member I would be most comfortable working as (prep cook, cashier, line cook).

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Crew Member
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Chipotle in December 2013.

Interview Details – I have never been a customer at chipotle but I always see them packed whether it's in the morning, afternoon, or night. Weekdays and weekends. So I knew they needed as many employees as they could get due to their high customer intake.

I applied to an online job posting during the summer to a new location that was opening. I didn't receive any emails or phone calls for a few weeks so I called another store in the same city and asked if the store was still going to be opened or if plans were changed. They then gave me the number to speak with the manager of the new location, who then told me that she wasn't giving interviews until the first week of December. That seemed very peculiar but being unemployed i had to be optimistic.

December finally came and I had gotten an email to come in for an interview. I had dressed top to bottom in formal wear. I didn't want to take any chances in that department despite others saying casual wear would be fine.

Myself and two other people were called in a group, not individually, to speak with the hiring managers in the dining room with loud pop music interfering. I just thought that was very unprofessional and uncomfortable which doesn't really make a job interview situation in general any better.

They just asked very general customer service interview questions. Which we took turns answering. Just from my understanding, one manager had many piercings and tattoos and the other had a very thick accent so I was trying my best to answer each question accurately.and to the best of my knowledge being that I had food service experience.

Long story short, the interview lasted 10 minutes or so. Both of the managers gave weak handshakes and they explained that we would be alerted by phone or email if hired.

After the interview, i come home and check my email, not even an hour later, I was told I wasn't hired. If that isn't a knife in the heart, i don't know what is.

Nothing against the company, but I really won't be applying here or visiting as a customer or otherwise. Just very unprofessional and rude.

Interview Question – I have 700 applicants, but I am only going to hire 20. What sets you apart from them?   View Answers (2)

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Cashier
Downey, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Chipotle in September 2013.

Interview Details – It was a group interview. She asked questions regarding the time we were available to work and she asked if we had any experience. It was actually a weird interview. There were a total of five of us.

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