Panera Bread Associate Interview Questions

Updated Mar 6, 2015
Updated Mar 6, 2015
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Associate Interview

No Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview
No Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online – interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview

Very relaxed interview process. I arrived and was offered a drink and directed to where the manager was sitting. The overall interview itself was friendly and laid back, no real difficult questions and the tone was all very conversational. A lot of the questions related to the position and prior experience with positions similar to this one but the standard personality type questions were asked. It was a really pleasant interview experience overall.

Interview Questions

  • What is your favorite menu item?
    How did you handle a difficult customer in a previous experience?
    What are your greatest strengths?
     
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    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Panera Bread in February 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewed with the GM first. It went well and a week after, I had to take a quiz and interview with the Assistant Manager. The GM made it sound like I was a shoe in but the Assistant Manager seemed unsure.

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    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Panera Bread (Los Angeles, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    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 :(

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    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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
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    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    No Offer

    Interview

    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.

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    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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
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    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread (Tacoma, WA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    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.

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    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread (Pleasant Hills, PA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    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.   1 Answer
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    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Panera Bread (Ann Arbor, MI) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Had 2 interviews. Felt very welcomed into the new store. Trained very week. Could've been a little bit more organized but other then that I had a very good interview and got hired 2 days after my interview

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    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Panera Bread (Battle Creek, MI).

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer

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