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Panera Bread Associate Interview Questions

Updated Oct 9, 2014
Updated Oct 9, 2014
14 Interview Reviews

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Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Panera Bread in October 2014.

Interview Details

Holy moly, this was a hard interview.
The manager that interviewed me was straight to the point and immediately asked me to tell me about myself. Although I expected this question, I did not however expect them to throw it immediately on the spot. The interview lasted 15 minutes with at least half a dozen questions. (What are your accomplishments, what do you see yourself doing in a year, how long do you expect to be working here, what would your friends describe you? etc). It was even harder because the manager didnt seem interested in what I had to say :(

Interview Questions
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    I expected the interview to be a whole lot more difficult than I thought. The interview was fairly easy. The GM made me feel very comfortable and acted as if she already knew me. I was hired on the spot but it did take about a month for me to actually come in and work.

    Interview Questions
    • There were three questions asked. Nothing too difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Meet with several managers. Have to go online and fill out an application and you can call or come in to check the status of you application. Once that is done you should know weather they would like to follow up with an in person interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    After applying online (the form was quite easy to use and took no time at all), I was called in for an interview around a week later; the shift manager sat me at a table, offered me a drink, reviewed my application, and asked a few questions that were generally very easy to answer about job experience and personal qualities. It was a very comfortable setting and casual feel, so it didn't feel as if there was any real pressure. Afterwards, I was told that I would be called regarding their hiring decision.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too hard to answer — "What was a long term project you worked in which you had a change of plans, and how did you deal with that?"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tacoma, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tacoma, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Took two or three weeks. Got a phone call and scheduled an interview. Was offered a free drink and sat down with the shift manager. She was friendly, gave a run down of the store and what position they were looking for. First she asked about my schedule, then moved on to pretty basic interview questions. Was told they'd call back to schedule a second interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pleasant Hills, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pleasant Hills, PA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process was easy, I walked in, filled out an application and handed it to the manager who offered me an interview for the next day on spot. I came into the interview with research about the company already completed and they asked me various questions to complete the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • There wasn't really a difficult question besides what am I looking for in an employer.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Battle Creek, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Battle Creek, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    I applied once and didn't get a call, so I applied again the next month. Then I got a call for an interview about a week later. I got to the interview about 15 minutes early and was given a cup for a drink and was told to sit down and wait for the interviewer (I think it was the assistant manager?). The actual interview was very laid back and easy-going.
    I was asked about my schedule, my past experience, whether or not I was organized and if I was a people person or not. She seemed to really like me and she actually said she liked a lot of what I said as far as organization and speaking and stuff, but I didn't get a job there. She said that I would get a call within the week if I was hired and if I wasn't called, then they had given the job to someone else.

    Interview Questions
    • Are you able to learn quickly by reading step-by-step instructions or would you rather have someone show you exactly how to do something?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the 'hourly associate' position online and got a call a few days later. We set up a time/date for the interview, which was about 2 days later.

    I walked into the restaurant and told the cashier I was there for an interview. She told me the guy I was supposed to meet with wasn't there, but would be back in 30 minutes, so I sat at a table and decided to wait. While waiting, the assistant manager came over and interviewed me. She asked general questions.

    The manager came back and asked me basically the same questions. He hinted numerous times that he would hire me, and said he would call in a week or so to follow up. It's been almost 2 weeks and I still haven't gotten a call, so I'm putting this interview down as a rejection.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work at Panera Bread?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    Applied online for new opening location by sea world and got called back same day lol

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Akron, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Akron, OH
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Panera Bread in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    It went very smoothly, the manager asked the basic questions, like why should we hire you & what benefit would you have on us.

    Interview Questions
    • I didn't have a license at the time of my hire, but i lived close enough.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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