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Chipotle Interview Questions

Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015
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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Chipotle in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted a day later for an interview the next day, I couldn't make it so I moved it to a further day (from a Thursday to a Sunday). The interview was at 2:15pm so I arrived around 1:55pm, told the cashier that I was there for an interview and she told me to take a seat and that she'd let the manager know I was here. The restaurant was super busy, the line curving almost the entirety of the room, so I was worried that I'd be overlooked since I was sitting down for a good 10 minutes without any of the employers interviewing or even acknowledging me. Three other girls showed up throughout the time I was waiting so we decided to sit outside in the patio area. We told another worker that we were there for an interview and she as well went to go tell the manager that we were there. We told a total of 3 different workers that we were there, each saying they would let the manager know but the 3rd worker came back and told us that no one had let the manager know but to sit down and wait some more because the manager was busy either way; it took until roughly 2:50pm for us to be interviewed. I was not impressed.

    Luckily, everything got better from then on.

    One of the chillest, most relaxed interviews I've ever had! And this is coming from someone who'd rather get intensive dental work than do interviews (I seriously suck at them).

    The manager came out with a crew member. She introduced herself and the crew member and then asked us:

    1. Tell me about yourselves? What do you guys like to do for fun?

    2. What do you know about Chipotle?

    3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    4. Any questions?

    And that was pretty much all the questions she asked. There were four of us and three of us (myself included) talked plenty so I think we took up a huge time of the interview. They seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say, asking us to further expand on our hobbies (ex. if I said I loved to read they ask to know what some of my favorite books were, etc). They also told us that they prefer for us to NOT have any prior experience, which surprised me (I have no prior experience so I was glad about that). Don't forget to mention Food With Integrity, and that they empower their employees. You'll be a shoe-in. Do your research!

    After they told us that they would either call or email us for a second interview either that same day or next. I didn't receive a call nor an email until two days later to meet up for a second interview the next day.

    I arrived ten minutes early and two of the girls from my first interview arrived a few minutes after me. They had us wait and offered each of us a drink. We chatted amongst ourselves and then a crew member sat down amongst us and started chatting and asking us why we wanted to work at chipotle. All very relaxed (this was not part of the interview… although, it might have been a test).

    The manager and two other crew members came out and we moved our group to the patio area. The manager talked about herself and her past experiences with Chipotle. The other manager that we had interviewed with previously showed up somewhere along this time. They then proceeded to ask us scenario questions.

    1. What would you do if you noticed someone left uncooked meat out for a questionable amount of time and put the meat back into the refrigerator after a long day?

    2. What would you do if a customer told you did not put enough meat into his/her order and requested you put more meat? <— I received this one

    3. What would you do if some higher up than you didn't season the meat appropriately and you saw?

    After we answered, the two managers started talking to each other and then told us we’d be proceeding into the third interview. We were taken into the restaurant and asked to say hi and chat with the crew members working. The manager pretty much told us that we were in at this point. We got a run through of where everything was and were then excused and told we'd be contacted in two days.

    Two days later I got the call. $9.25 an hour, non-negotiable. I accepted. They sent an email where I had to do a background check and two days after that I received another email to fill out other documents including tax forms and agreeing to Chipotle policies and other forms. The next step is to set up a date and time for orientation which I’ve yet to do.

    Best of luck guys!!

    Interview Questions
    • 2. What would you do if a customer told you did not put enough meat into his/her order and requested you put more meat?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    $9.25 an hour. Non-negotiable. I lived in San Francisco where the minimum wage is $10.50 so I was bit disappointed but beggars can't be chooser.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baltimore, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Chipotle in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online. The next day, I received an email stating there are open interviews on mondays and wednesdays from 3:30-5:00. Earlier that day, before i checked my email, I called them and the person i spoke to told me about the open interviews.

    (This is my very first job application and job interview)

    I go to the open interview and there were 2-3 other people there. After 2 people, I was interviewed. The guy who did my interview was the General Manager. I was asked basic questions such as level of education, what days and shifts I would like to work, do i have reliable transportation, what do I usually do everyday.
    Then I was asked if i knew background information about chipotle which is food with integrity and the CEO Steve Ells. I did, because prior to the interview I looked up these facts on their website.
    In the middle of this interview, the general manager went to his office and pulled up my application and took a quick look but that's it.
    Then questions came up like Why do you want to work at chipotle? What do you expect to get out of working from chipotle? Where do you see yourself in this job in a few months? Do you see yourself in the line or in the food prep?
    After that, he had another person, a kitchen manager, interview me with the same questions and they were gonna have one more manager, the service manager, interview me as well but that manager was busy with someone else. They hired me. Manager told me they sent me a link to a background check test on my email, fill the form and once they get the form they will call me when I start.

    Interview Questions
    • There was really no unexpected question or difficult ones. Just answer everything honestly, because the company and managers value honesty, and give yourself time to think before responding. They also love someone who smiles and/or shows energy.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations really. I told the manager what days and shifts I want to work and he says okay and asks me if sometime in the future I want to work more.
    I put 7.25 as my preferred wage on my online application and I never asked about my wage until the first day and it was 8.50. Good for a first job for a high school student. Note : Each chipotle has their own wage rates. I have people in my school working at other chipotles. The wage ranges from 8.25 to 9.00
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cypress, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cypress, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Chipotle in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    First interview is the group interview. Come in with a big smile and a positive attitude. make lots of eye contact, the GM's really appreciate that. If they like you they will call you in for a second and third interview. These interviews, are one on one with the current team. Again make lots of eye contact, have a big smile, and a winning attitude. If the team likes you the GM will welcome you to the team, and start your hiring process.

    Interview Questions
    • Most difficult question was "what do you know about Chipotle"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    none
    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 2 weeksinterviewed at Chipotle.

    Interview Details

    I filled out an application online, and within a few days, I got a call and schedule my interview date, the next day. I interviewed with the the assistant manager, she asked pretty basic questions, mostly about myself and job experience (which I had none), and she said she would called me about another interview. Later on that day I got a another call for my 2nd interview. The 2nd interview was with a crew member and pretty much asked me the same questions as the first. I got another call later that day for a 3rd and final interview with the general manger where she just ask my availability and salary, and why I wanted to work there and at the end she said she was going to call me and tell when I would cone in for orientation.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Usually you get a email back within 2 days after applying. Then you meet with 2-3 crew members for the first interview. Then if you get a call back you meet with the managers of the Restaurant

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    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
    Declined Offer
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Chipotle in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted about a job fair. I went to the job fair and was interviewed by the kitchen manager in a group of 4. It was an easy interview, just went in a line to answer all the questions. I was called the same day for a second interview. The next day I came in for the interview and it was 4 of us from the job fair. The apprentice manager guy showed us a video and talked about what an employee at Chipotle should have. He gave us each a paper with three essay questions on it and told us to bring it in when we finish it. I brought it in the next day and was told I would be called. Two days later I got a call for a "crew interview" and when I arrived it was me and the girl from the second interview. We talked to the crew for about 45 minutes then left and once again was told we would be called. Two days later, I went into chipotle to eat and one of the girls recognized me from the crew interview and asked if I wanted to speak to the GM. I did and he asked if I would be part time or full time and then I got offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    • "Why do you want to work her" "what would your best friend say about you" "what do you know about Chipotle" Just know a bit about Food With Integrity   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    8.50 /hr
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Palm Beach, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Palm Beach, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Chipotle in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went in early, the interview took less than 20mins. I got the second interview, and the third. Then did the back up check.... then a month later they called me ad told me my background check link expired. So they resent it, and I filled out the background check AGAIN, and I did the new employee paperwork. I'm sorry, but its a little unprofessional having me wait for a month. Well I got the job and I start next week, but I hope they're not going to always be this unorganized

    Negotiation Details
    I had the option but I didn't really care
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Chipotle in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went personally to a Chipotle and asked for the job. They immediately interview me and then ask me to fill an online application, so they could call me later. They call me after 2 days for a second interview and hired me immediately. They gave me shirt and hat and told me I started the next week.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked me about my life and how I see Chipotle as a business. Before this, I'd study some "Food and Beverage Management" training so I knew what to say. But they are looking for what they call the "13 characteristics". They want to see you are a happy person, ambitious, high energy, that you are not the type of person who just wants the money. Not every Chipotle will look for this, depends on the management.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate Schedule. I have every Sunday free cause I go to Church, which is kind of far from my Home and Workplace.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Havertown, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Havertown, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Chipotle in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Open interviews weekly. Be prepared to wait (up to 2 hours) for a manager (or crew member) to have a free minute to ask you what you know about the company. Know what a "chipotle" is, who Steve Ells / Monty (co-ceo's) are, what "food with integrity" means, and what makes a person a "top performer." Previous food prep experience is valued but in no way required. They conduct zero background checks. Hence, previous felons, illegal aliens, and military veterans can sneak into this job easily. Dress casual, do not overdress. Smile and appear excited. Laugh a lot.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    "I hope 8.50 is okay and that you can handle younger people telling you what to do."
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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