Panera Bread
3.0 of 5 1,073 reviews
www.panerabread.com Saint Louis, MO 5000+ Employees

Panera Bread Cashier/Barista Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

Getting the Interview 

88%
5%
5%

Interview Experience 

50%
30%
20%

Interview Difficulty 

Average Difficulty
17 candidate interviews Back to all interview questions
Relevance Date Difficulty
in

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista
Clarksville, IN

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – Simple interview. If you have worked in sales, service, or with people before you should be fine. This is a step up from fast-food, but a step down from fine-dining waitressing.

Interview Question – "Tell me about yourself" - mostly very vague questions.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Depending on what openings there are and how dependable that you come off. If you open for example you may get a dollar more an hour then the next person... because have opened up your availability to do a shift no one wants.
Experience is KEY to getting a better wage, shift, or flexible schedule.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista
Brooklyn, NY

I applied online and interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – Applied online and got a call in one week. Very easy interview no hard questions. The hiring manager was really nice he didn't make me nervous at all. It was a one on one interview.

Interview Question – What's your favorite food at Panera Bread   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Panera Bread in April 2010.

Interview Details – Location near me had "open house" hours for available positions. Walked in and within two minutes I was talking to the head manager of the location... minutes later I had a job and a starting date... the next day. I did have to agree to a background check but i started training immediately anyways.

Interview Question – Why do you want this job?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I asked for 12 because why not and they were like yeah no but 8.50 so I decided to take it.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista

I applied online and interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – Interview was relaxed. I actually started talking to one of the main customers in the store while I waited and the manager saw it as a big plus. You are applying for a customer service job; be outgoing, be nice, have good posture and be friendly. Most of the questions were about my former jobs and how I interacted with customers and co-workers.

Interview Question – What have you done lately to help your community?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I had another job lined up which was paying more than what they offered. I explained that I would prefer to work at their company but would turn down an offer if I needed to.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Panera Bread in August 2013.

Interview Details – It was a very simple process, sat down and talked with the general manager and discussed past job history and then was offered a job on the spot. Most employees hired at my store were given jobs right on the spot due to the constant need for new staff.

Interview Question – There really were no difficult questions, it was pretty straightforward run down of my resume and questions about work experience.   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – I applied online in August 2013, went in the store in October 2013 and asked if they were hiring and would they review my application and then kept calling. Got an interview, it lasted about 15 mins. Then got scheduled for another one for the next week, that one lasted 10 mins. Within a couple hours, they called me back and said i had it

Interview Question – They asked basic questions like, whats you're biggest accomplishment in life? Why do you want to work for Panera? How would you're friends describe you?   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – I filled out an application at the beginning of December, probably around December 3rdish. I didn't get a call back until about a week before Christmas and they told me to come in for a first interview the day before Christmas Eve. I went and they asked me questions like why do I want to work there, did I apply anywhere else, what I like to do in my free time, and if I did any volunteer work. They also asked me questions like "what would you do in a situation where a customer was angry about something" About a week after Christmas I got another call to come in for a second interview in a few days. This one was with the general manager and it was really nerve wracking because she forgot she had an interview so I felt kind of awkward and had to wait a while for her. She finally came around and asked me all the questions the first one did but more detailed. For example she asked me what I liked to do in my free time and I answered the same, I like to read as one of the answers and she asked me what kind of books and I felt kind of on the spot and nervous because I wasn't expecting it. I had to think of books off the top of my head because I just wasn't expecting it and didn't want to wait too long trying to think so she wouldn't think I was lying or something. All in all the questions weren't too hard and the first interview took a total of about 4 minutes and the second one took probably like 10-15. The second was a lot longer. Then after my second interview she told me she had more interviews the next day but they would get back to me on Monday or Tuesday and when I didn't get a call I called them on Wednesday and she told me that they had already picked people so I assumed she didn't hire me but then surprise surprise on Friday they called me back telling me I was hired and to come for orientation two days later!

Interview Question – What are three things that you would bring to Panera Bread that other people wouldn't   View Answer

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Panera Bread in August 2013.

Interview Details – I applied online to two locations three months ago. On Saturday, I got a call for a group interview being held at one of the locations for Monday. Monday came around and there were 10 - 11 people in total, 3 being teenagers (myself included), the rest all looked like they were in their 20's. I was the only one without experience. We sat outside and took turns answering questions, then at the end, the manager said, "This is going to be awkward but I have to eliminate the people who I will not be inviting for a second interview." He let go of two people and invited 6 other people to a 1:1 interview. I was set up for the following day. Tuesday came and I went inside and told the cashier working that I had an 11 am interview. I was there 10 minutes early. She notified a different manager and gave me a cup for a drink. I sat down and waited probably 15 - 20 minutes. She finally came and she was very friendly. She asked what I did in my spare time and if I have open availability. I said yes. She wrote little notes on a sticky note that was attached to my resume. The interview was about 5 minutes. I asked her what the hiring process was, and she said she has a few more interviews that day and then on Friday, then her and the other manager will look through the candidates and give them a call back on Friday. After that, they will send them to Planet Bread for training. She said to look at the menu online to get familiar with it. I thanked her and left. Well, now it's Friday 5:40 PM and of course I have not gotten a call back.

Interview Question – What's your favorite word of wisdom?   View Answer

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista
Collegeville, PA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Panera Bread in June 2013.

Interview Details – Pretty simple interview. If you have no job experience then they wont ask you too many questions about previous responsibilities and such. They make you feel confident and will probably give you the job. It doesn't tale much to be able to work there.

Interview Question – There really weren't any unexpected questions. They might ask for an example of a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer or employee.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate that I work more in the morning

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Cashier/Barista Interview

Cashier/Barista
Knoxville, TN

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – They had a sign for mass hiring so I submitted my application in person to the manager. Got a call to interview a few days later. Went it in one afternoon, came in the next day for paperwork and I started the following weekend. Interview itself wasn't that hard, just the usual series of questions.

Interview Question – No difficult questions, just the usual. Why do you want to work here, what is your favorite thing about Panera, give an example of excellent customer service, etc.   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response
RSS Feed Embed
Interviews for Top Jobs at Panera Bread

Worked for Panera Bread? Contribute to the Community!

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Panera Bread Cashier/Barista interview questions and advice. All 17 interview reviews posted anonymously by Panera Bread employees and interview candidates.