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Updated Jan 26, 2015
Updated Jan 26, 2015
144 Interview Reviews

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    Food Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portage, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portage, MI
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Darden.

    Interview Details

    I had one interview, and had to take a written test, fill in the blank- which took an hour and a half. I was asked about my previous work history, my strengths and weaknesses, why I applied there, why I think I should be hired, and what my goals were. It went great, and it was actually fun.

    Interview Questions
    • Name your biggest strength and biggest weakness.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation involved.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Restaurant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Darden in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    The process was great, the Area Director was insightful and professional. First interview was with the recruiter on skype, I really felt at ease and they did not hammer me with the same questions you always get so I found that refreshing. Next interview was with the Area Director in person like I said he was great. Had another interview with the Partner of a location and he just told me what to expect in the position.

    Interview Questions
    • I found it amazing the director wanted to talk about kids and life and seemed to really care.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not much of a negotiation got more than I asked for plus relocation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bartender/Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Darden.

    Interview Details

    Two interviews were required. My first interview was centered on experience. Questions included how to handle difficult guests, examples of up-selling, and drink knowledge for a position behind the bar. Finally, a personality test. Took about 30 minutes, asked the same questions in different ways to see if you're being honest.

    Interview Questions
    • "Sell me a Coke." I can think of great descriptions for lots of dishes, but a beverage? Without alcohol? That was the hardest question.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Hostess At Seasons 52 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Darden in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was e-mailed to call for an interview. I interviewed a few days later and was offered the job on the spot. I had to speak to all 3 (!!) managers, and answer similar questions with all three. Questions included, why do you want this job, do you have restaurant experience, what would your previous supervisor say about you, what was your favorite and least favorite part of your last job, what is your biggest strength and weakness, etc. I do not have any restaurant experience but I do have a college degree, and have worked retail.

    I would suggest emphasizing your joy of working with and interacting with people, especially customers if you have customer service experience. Always remain very pleasant and speak clearly, as this is a front-of-house position.

    Interview Questions
    • If a customer was irate because a reservation made for 8:00 was still not ready by 8:30, what would you do?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They just said "We start our hostesses at $9.50/hour." There was not any time to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Restaurant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Darden.

    Interview Details

    Typical hurry up and wait process 50 phone calls and emails back and forth, set up drug testing for you as far away from your location as could possible be.

    Interview Questions
    • what would you do? answer it then have the interviewer add to the scenario answer that them throw something else into it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiations gave me more that I asked for
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Server/Waitress Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Darden in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    It took me 3 hours before I even had my SCHEDULED interview and there was only myself and one other person, when it was my turn, she hadn't even seen my application, nor printed it off. Then, I had to wait for another 10 mins to even get started on my interview.

    Reasons for Declining

    Because I am worth more than what that company was showing.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Darden.

    Interview Details

    I met great and friendly people and everyone seemed happy to be here. The team of people were very professional and made me feel welcome. The culture of the panel of interviewers across the enterprise was very diverse and helped me make my decision to be part of the Darden family. So many amazing leaders but what stuck out to me was the amount of women in leadership positions. It was encouraging and promising for a future here at Darden. I am blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of such great teams and build long lasting friendships.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Yes
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I was applying for a new restaurant opening. Because of that, it was a mass interview with a lot of people going in and out. It began with a small group "peer tour" of the new restaurant. They had the training schedule available. I talked to a manager who ended up only being at that store for 2 months. He asked about previous experience then I was passed off to the store's general manager who asked about my past experience with the company. I was hired offered a job on the spot.

    Interview Questions
    • What was the most difficult experience you've had with a table that involved a problem you had to solve yourself.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Back Up Chef Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Darden.

    Interview Details

    If Chosen through three interview then you were hired. First is more of your background and first impression. The second more of experience and talents. Lastly your commitment to the job and negotiations.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    interviewed with other GMs and an HR person. I was promoted from within and knew the right people. Outsiders don't fit in very well when they are hired. You should really understand all of the positions before you should manage here. Outside managers are not as successful. Even though I would love to see outside influence within the company.

    Accepted Offer

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