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Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015
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    Utility Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Submitted an application online, got an email saying to call for an interview. Called and set up an interview. Most of the questions were about past work experience. Some of the specific questions were "What does teamwork mean to you?" "At your last job, what are some of the things you did when you first arrived at work every day?" "Have you ever had a day at work where something went wrong?" Plus they ask basic questions that you would be asked at any job interview, like about your availability and whether you have transportation.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Red Lobster.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got an email 4 days later saying "We would like to speak with you! Please contact a manager within 2 days to set up an interview." Of course, I was really excited because I like Red Lobster and really wanted to work there.

    Now I will preface this by saying I have no serving experience but I do have 5-6 years of retail/sales/customer service/some food industry experience. So it's not like I'm fresh out of high school looking for a job....

    I went in 2 days later and met with the server's manager. She was actually pretty awesome. It was a fantastic interview. There were really no tough questions, just tried to get to know me and my experience and see how I would fit in. After about a 20 minute conversation, she said "Are you free to come back Tuesday for a second interview with the GM? I love your energy and your work experience."

    Obviously I left there with some confidence in myself and the possibilities.

    Fast forward to Tuesday......
    I came back and walked in 5 minutes before my interview to sit and wait behind 2 other people. Annoying, yes. But this is a serving job at a mid-level restaurant, that's really not a big deal at all. Then after about 30 minutes of sitting and faking a smile to the hostess to not show any nerves or anything, he finally came out from the last interview and called my name.

    And it all went down from there. This Good Sir could not form a complete sentence the entire time. He was bumbling with every question he asked me and when I would answer he would barely look like he was giving any attention to what I said. Not to mention, a GM should PROBABLY have some questions ready to go when they are doing mass interviews like this.........There was a minuteish gap in between every question where he stuttered and bumbled along trying to think of the next question to ask. Really throws good energy and great work experience for a loop when it's like that. Then after stumbling his way through like a drunkard on Christmas morn, he finally said, "Thanks for your time, you will get a call from [Manager] who is involved with paperwork and all that at 5 on Thursday (2 days later)." And he, in fact, even writes down on my application "Call back @ 5 on Thursday".

    No call. No email. No dice. Such is the way of things I suppose. A+ for the manager, F for the GM. They missed out too, I was really excited to be a part of the team.

    Interview Questions
    • Sell me your favorite meal here and sell me a drink.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Front of House - Hostess Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Red Lobster.

    Interview Details

    I received an email stating they were interested in interviewing me and to call the phone number. I called and set up an interview for two days later. I showed up, interviewed with one of the leaders (I believe she was a shift manager), and then set up another interview for about three days later with the store manager. They just asked about my availability, what-if situations (for example, "How would you respond if someone was upset with their service and complained while they were leaving?" and things like that).

    Interview Questions
    • I had a really hard time with, "What does the word respect mean to you?" Only because it was hard for me to describe on the spot what it means to me without using the actual word.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Red Lobster.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got a call shotly after to set up an interview. First interview was good, the questions were fairly easy. The interview lasted about 30 minutes, he told me he had other interviews and that he would call me and let me know if they were still interested. About a week later I got called in for a secound interview with the gm. The interview was litterly less than 10 minutes and she said she would give me a call within the week and that there was one more person other than me that they were looking at for the job. I got a call a couple days later and I was told that they gave the position to the other person.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work here?
      If you were the one hiring what would you look for?
      What is your favorite food here?
      Are you responsible?
      When are you available?
      If you are sitting a costumer at a booth and they want a table what do you do?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Monroe, LA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Monroe, LA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Red Lobster in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was selected for an interview. I made it there 30 minutes early. The questions were very easy and staight forward. I was nervous. My overall experience was good. It took an entire week until I heard back from them.

    Interview Questions
    • How would I provide great customer service?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Assistant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Red Lobster in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was sitting for two and a half hours. There were only about two real questions. The other time was spent on the area manager basically selling be that Red Lobster was not going to close. The whole experience sucked. And on top of that, it took two weeks for me to call somebody and they tell me, no, then hang up.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Server Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gurnee, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gurnee, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Red Lobster in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got an emai the very same day I applied to call and speak with a manager to set up an interview. So I did. 2 days later I went to my interview and everything was fine, the manager seemed to like me and decided to set me up for a second interview and I went for my 2nd interview 3 days later. That manager seemed to like me very well, the interview went really well! afterwards she mentioned i would get an email about the job. Its been 3 weeks and so far nothing. I called to see if they were still in the decision process but the manager seemed like she barley wanted to talk like she was rushed.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Red Lobster in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online from a Craigslist ad and got a call in 3 days. I scheduled and interview and the interview was great, real professional and simple. I made the manager laugh. After a few questions and confirmation of my schedule I was sure I had the job, but I was wrong. At the end of the interview she told me she would have the GM contact me the next day for the second interview, yet a week later I received an email saying they were sorry they couldn't accept my offer. The company led me on and I didn't like the way they carried the situation.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Host/Service Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Scranton, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Scranton, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Red Lobster in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online to Olive Garden and Red Lobster, about 2 weeks later I receive the email that Red lobster wants to meet with me. So I called and talked to the woman assistant manager. she was pleasant on the phone, we scheduled it for a Tuesday that next week. I come in and she's interviewing someone so I wait in the lobby, and strike up a conversation with the present host, who was very nice. So then the interview comes. She was very proper, and formal, and she sat me down and then went to the back and returned a good 20 minutes later. Setting the mood for the horrors to come. Firstly what really annoyed me was how I felt rushed and she didn't even look at my application and had to flip through dozens of papers and getting things wrong about me because she was so rushed and frustrated I honestly felt so belittled It made me furious and want to walk out, out. The first question . Why red lobster? I didn't know what to say so I answered it was always so welcoming? It became a very awkward interview. At the end she emphasized on how many people applied and if I should hear back (spoiler) I won't ...they'll let me know. She had a clip board filled with questions, and then what I saw on the bottom was a rating scale. I dressed fairly business casual with khakis and button down. Overall, it was rushed I would never apply at this Location again and how I was belittled. the questions weren't hard, it was just an awkward experience which probably led to the email "at this time we regretfully,,," this was my first interview for a job too, so theirs a first for everything, and I will definitely not be applying again and was kind of relieved that I didn't have to go for a second interview because red lobster wasn't my first choice and after how belittled I was They will not be getting my business anytime soon :)

    Interview Questions
    • Why red lobster? Sounds stupid but I really didn't know. Haha, I felt like saying I loved it so much would be such a lie, so I just talked about how welcoming they were and how it was like a family.   Answer Question
    • Explain a situation when you had to deal with an unruly customer? Seeing that I'm a student it was difficult to put into perspective.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Asheville, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Asheville, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Red Lobster in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Talked for a good 35 min,asked me many questions. Asked if i would be ok to train as long as it takes. Everything pointed in the right direction as he kept asking questions and nodding yes to me. I was then told by the service manager that if the GM wanted to move forward then i would receive a 2nd email to schedule a 2nd interview but that the gm was on vacation and it could take a couple days. I was dressed very nice, pressed white dress shirt,black pants and a $125 pair of clarks... Im a former general restaurant manager and plenty of serving experience... plenty qualified enough for red lobster.... I get an email 25 min after i walk out the door from darden saying after "careful" consideration I will not be offered employment at this time??? I contacted every reference I had and they said no one ever call them. I have no idea why this happened. the interview went great. what happened to the GM reviewing my application?? why was a decision made that quick?

    Interview Questions
    • name a time a guest was unhappy and you resolved the issue.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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