Darden
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Darden Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Nov 18, 2013

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Server Interview

Server
North Myrtle Beach, Horry, SC

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Darden in October 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online. Received an email inviting me to call to set up an interview 2 weeks later. Application online does include a personality test. Went for interview, there was about 40 other people there also for interviews. Was asked to fill out an availability form and a list of my last 3 employers and asked if they could be reached at that time, which was 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday. Interviewed at a booth with a manager which seemed to go well but was told at the end that they would call me if they were interested. A week later, received an email telling me that after careful consideration, they regretted to inform me that they could not offer me a position with their company.

Interview Question – What are some 3 legitimate reasons to either be late or call off from work.   Answer Question

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Director Interview

Director
Orlando, FL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Darden.

Interview Details – Best process I've ever been a part of. They were organized and paid attention to every detail.

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Restaurant Manager Interview

Restaurant Manager
Indianapolis, IN

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Darden in September 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online and completed personality testing online. Was contacted a few days later via email to schedule a webcam interview. Interview with recruiter was about 45 minutes long. 5 Minutes into interview I was asked salary expectations and immediately told that I wouldn't make that with them so rest of interview was very pushed and almost like going through the motions by the interviewer.

Interview Question – Give an example of how you once anticipated a guest's needs.   View Answer

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Associate Brand Manager Interview

Associate Brand Manager

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Interview Details – Began with phone screening and then was invited to interview on-site with a full day of interviews. Interviewed with Brand Managers and directors. Was asked behavioral questions, all were expected and not very difficult.

Interview Question – Behavioral questions were expected. Interviewers were very down-to-earth and easy to talk to. No case questions.   Answer Question

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Lees Summit, MO

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Darden in April 2012.

Interview Details – I was called in to have an interview with the hiring manager whom asked about my previous jobs and how much I needed to survive off of each month, then I was scheduled for a second interview with the General Manager whom went over some questions and hired me.

Interview Question – Can you tell me how much money you would need each month. (gave me a piece of paper and gave me time to figure out an exact amount).   Answer Question

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Associate Brand Manager Interview

Associate Brand Manager
Orlando, FL

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Darden in March 2013.

Interview Details – The interview process was pretty straight forward – two phone interviews, a personality/aptitude test and then a on-site interview. The in person interview was about 6 hours starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. I had one-on-one sessions with 5 different interviewers that currently held similar roles at Daren.

Most of the questions revolved around my background and questions about their restaurants current positioning.

Interview Question – Which of our restaurants in targeting the wrong audience and how would you fix that?   Answer Question

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Burlington, MA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Darden in August 2013.

Interview Details – Absolute worst interview experience I have ever had, and that is after just finishing a 2 hour corporate interview with 3 separate departments in another company, which was amazing, friendly, and professional. The preliminary application for Darden was online, and they send you an e-mail confirmation (check your junk box) asking you to call and set up an interview. That one-on-one interview was with an Assistant Managing Partner named Donald. He was brief and cold; it was like he didn't like me off the bat. He wasn't interested in my background or my experience, or even to take a moment to get to know me, all he wanted to do was follow a list of behavioral/psychological assessment questions, which he skipped through haphazardly and then thanked me for taking the time out of my busy day to meet with him.

Interview Question – Looked at me point-blank and asked me what my idea of professionalism was.   View Answer

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Busser Interview

Busser

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Darden in October 2012.

Interview Details – I applied online and a few days later they sent me an email telling me to call the manager within the next two days. I called them a day later and set up an interview. When I arrived at the interview, the manager admitted he didn't even have time to review my application so he did it in front of me. He seemed nice and confident until he asked me what I'm doing for work now. I said Nothing this would be my first job. He said because of my experience and their budget they wouldn't be able to train me.

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Olive Garden Host Interview

Olive Garden Host

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Darden in March 2013.

Interview Details – I was sent an e-mail several weeks after applying online to set up an interview within two days if I was interested in the position. I called and was put on hold for about 20 minutes, briefly interviewed, and proceeded to set up the interview for that Thursday. Upon arrival, I was directed by the hostess to sit in the cafe area and wait for my interviewer. Turns out the person who was supposed to interview me was not able to make it to the interview, so I was interviewed by the sales manager. She requested that I return later that afternoon for another interview with the front of house manager, however, I was unavailable at that time so scheduled for an interview the next day. This interview went seemingly well, and I was asked to be interviewed a third time by the general manager of the restaurant. Once again, this interview seemed to go very well. He told me he thought I would be well suited for the host position and told me that he thought I would be a good fit for the team. We discussed pay, dress code, and schedules, and he informed me that I should be called within the next two weeks about attending orientation as they were in the process of setting them up. Two weeks came and went, but I received no call. I decided to call the restaurant to see if an orientation had been scheduled and told them that I was still interested in the position. I was put on hold only to be informed that the training manager was in a meeting (go figure) and that she said, "If we need you, we'll call you". I held out for a couple more weeks, but after no word from them it was clear that I was not hired. Two months later, I received an e-mail informing me that I had not been chosen for the position.

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Server Interview

Server
Phoenix, AZ

I applied online - interviewed at Darden in December 2012.

Interview Details – Applied for new restaurant opening was called for an interview a week later.Meet a current employee on the way to the interview,he said just be nice and if you have previos job experience you have a good chance.My interview time didnt make sense 12:00 noon.The place was busy and customer to employee ratio was probably 50-50 everyboby was nice and said "Hello".My interview manager didnt even work at this location she was just helping out Cari was her name.She pretty much asked the common interview questions,she didnt seem impressed with my knowledge of company or thier menu.Asked me if I could wait around for an hiring manager to talk to,this while the restaurant was filling up,we were at a BIG booth.Iwaited, second interview never happened,was told they would call me.I did a follow up call a week later hostess never put me thru or manager didnt want to talk me.No call back,no job.

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