Panda Express General Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jul 18, 2015
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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Panda Express (Dallas, TX) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Training leader and multi-store manager interviewed me. They have talked with me for over an hour. The interview questions were not difficult. The whole process was easy. The most important skills they were looking for is people skills. They will first ask you to introduce yourself. Then they will ask your strength and weaknesses. They also ask you to describe yourself.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the first three things that you will do when you become a general manager.   Answer Question
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    General Manager of Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Panda Express (Los Angeles, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    1 month so far still in interview process. trying to relocate to different city. Flew out for interest with Area Coach of operations. She was 10 minutes late. I was offered to try some food by the GM at the store location. After interview told I made it to final interview where I would have to fly back out again for a final interview and panda preview where I will be watched to see if I'm a good fit for the company. I will work for 8 paid hours.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if an employee was hungry and their child was hungry. They are off work and don't have any money. How do you maintain the relationship to where the employee will still trust you.   1 Answer
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    General Manager In Training (GMIT) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Panda Express (Fresno, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online via an independent job website and was contacted by Area Coach of Operations 2 days after applying. So the interview was set up at a panda location near downtown Fresno on a Thursday evening. I was not given much information about the interview except for the location and time. I arrived 20 minutes early and ordered their food, just to analyze the restaurant just incase I needed to answer those sort of question, then I waited patiently for my interview, at 4 PM they called me in. In the room was 4 people including the area coach of operations, operations manager and 2 other top roles in panda. The interview was a 4 panel interview in the backroom of panda. The first started if I had anything to give them, so I passed them a copy of my resume and also my business card. in addition I also presented them my project which I did for my bachelors degree in fast casual restaurant. The were friendly and professional, and they dressed casually. For the interview I dressed myself with a formal shirt, brown suit pants, and black tie. The attire that I would wear when Im managing events as an event manager. The first interview question was tell me about yourself, followed by what do you know about panda. Other question that I could remember include, would you relocate, would you stay with the company in the future when you are successful, my healthy diet styles, the person that inspires me. There were a few more question, it was not tough but being prepared would really help, and showing passion. I think at first they did not give much attention, but after that I saw the genuine interactions, the attention they gave me and the smiles and gestures. The end of the interview was if I had a question for them, I asked them what was it like for them in the company, what qualities was missing form the position that they are looking for, from my qualifications. I really felt positive after the interview and I felt I got the job, because they showed positive signs, with genuine smiles, they were paying attention, they gave me a firm handshake and great eye contact, and their questions were elaborate. The interview lasted more than 30 minutes, like 45 minutes. I really enjoyed the interview and I thought i built a strong connection with the interviewers. I was told that they would let me know in one week. So its been a week and I think I did not pass the interview, I did not receive a negative call or an email, I felt they could have at least notify me if they were moving forward after a week, its just common courtesy, however I have to be empathetic about their busy schedules . I was really looking forward to join them and be part of panda, and help their business grow, because for me its not a job, its a passion that I have for the food business and the fast casual restaurant industry. Nevertheless, I think I was passed from the job because I did not have enough restaurant experience in the number of years, although I had a huge experience dealing with customer and solving problems, hiring and training from my previous work. Despite my failure I would work hard to make my way back into panda and hopefully grow with this great company by gaining more experience and proving myself further. I would suggest future candidates to be prepared and impress your interviewer, if you don't impress them don't worry, just persevere and work hard, this is not the end.

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    • What steps do you take to having a healthy lifestyle?   1 Answer
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    General Manager In Training (GMIT) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fresno, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Panda Express (Fresno, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online via zip recruiter and got a call from the Fresno Area Coach, and I was schedule for an interview the next day. The interview was a 4 panel interview with the area coach, store manager, training manager and operations manager there to interview me. Question were not difficult, they were very happy to talk to me, lots of smiles and was positive through out the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were hired today what difference can you make to panda?   Answer Question
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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Florida, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Panda Express (South Florida, FL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The focus is on who I am as a human and how I can humans relate to each other. Conflict resolution among peers and between customers and employees. Emphasis was on growth and development and being able to be with the good, the bad and the ugly......I also got that there are long hours of standing.

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    • How you you manage disagreements between you and your boss?   Answer Question
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    General Manager of Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Panda Express (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    Interview had three rounds. First was with a general manager to see if you have the right personality or ambition. Second was with an HR representative. This was to mainly see if you were sane. Third interview was with a panel of managers and regional managers. This was a little more intimidating. Everyone takes turn grilling you on everything you said or have written on your resume. Followed by about an hour of interrogation, you engage in a full day of work to test your current abilities. They make their hiring decision after observing.

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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Panda Express (Alameda, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    submit online application and wait for 3 weeks. Then got a phone call for setting phone interview. If you pass, you will contact for the local personal interview. There will be three interviews totally. If you pass the final test, you might be hired.

    Interview Questions

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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Panda Express (Chicago, IL) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Interview process was transparent. I was asked to apply for the job online and then was called for in-person interview. They asked me about my previous work experience and some scenario-based questions to check how would I react in such situations.There were two people as interviewers, one was area coach of operations and other was Divisional Manager

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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Panda Express.

    Interview

    Took about three weeks. I applied online and within an hour a recruiter called me. Really nice guy, asked pretty basic questions, no real curve balls. Than I talked to the regional coach, via HireVue. Again, nice guy, questions weren't too hard. Had some technical difficulties, but that's still the norm these days. Next was the Panda preview where I worked in one of their stores. Good way to get a feel of the place. Then had a final interview with the Area manager.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic stuff. Name a time you overcame this, why are you a good fit for Panda, etc. A little tip, your interviewers could be Asian. It's a different culture. Sell yourself, but softly. Be a team player, help others, etc.   Answer Question
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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Panda Express (Minneapolis, MN) in February 2015.

    Interview

    A phone interview, an online self-record interview, then face to face interview. Talk about your interests to Panda, why did you want to join it, what value can you add to Panda.

    Interview Questions

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