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Applebee's Food Server Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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Food Server
Winchester, KY

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Applebee's in July 2014.

Interview Details – I arrived 20 min early the manager was in a meeting with a different manager. I was seated 6 tables down from the managers meeting asked if I wanted anything to drink by a waitress I asked for water. She brought it back and let the manager know I was sitting waiting. After 20 min the two mangers left the area I was in and went to the back one manager came back and proceed toward me never saying a thing. So I said Hi How are you. She responded. She then sat down gave me her name never asked me for mine. So I told her my name, and offered my hand she shook it. She then went through my paper work and said not asked so you have worked in the restaurant business before. I said yes. She then flipped a few pages over and started asking me question's. When I answered them the best i could she was like well your not giving me what I'm asking for your also impersonal. An then said I don't see how you worked as a waitress before. She then said the interview was not working out. I said thank you and shook her hand.

Interview Questions

  • I was asked, If you were to take a order and the client ordered med and they wanted a well done stake how would you fix this?   View Answer
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Food Server Interview

Food Server

I applied in-person and interviewed at Applebee's.

Interview Details – Very relaxing interview, it is required that you have previous experience in the hospitality industry before coming in to interview. Since I had already worked in the industry I was able to talk about how many tables I could handle and how much sales expected to have on any given night. I was asked what I thought every server needed to do to be successful. That is a pretty common question. 9 out of 10 managers want you to say something like a good attitude or a nice smile.

Interview Question – Most difficult question is: where do you see yourself in ten years? It's difficult because even the manager knows you won't be with them, yet you feel obligated to say you will be there.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Food Server Interview

Food Server

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Applebee's.

Interview Details – Was lied to about many things. The most egregious was that I would make up to $100.00 per night in tips. I never made more than $20 or $30 bucks per 8 hour shift.

Interview Question – How well do you work with others.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Food Server Interview

Food Server

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Applebee's.

Interview Details – The interview was very simple. Now it is all online, but I was hired when they were still doing paper applications. It was a generic application, and when i went in for the interview they asked about previous experiences, why i left my other job, and my availability. I didn't get hired for my requested position, but I did make it there eventually.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Food Server Interview

Food Server
Annapolis, MD

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Applebee's in April 2013.

Interview Details – It was very quick and disorganized. We sat in the dining room at an empty table. The manager asked me a couple questions about myself and my life/work experience. The manager offered me a job before the interview was even over.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Was no negotiation.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Food Server Interview

Food Server
Detroit, MI

Interviewed at Applebee's

Interview Details – Walked in asked for an interview and was hired on the spot


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Food Server Interview

Food Server
Fort Lauderdale, FL

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Applebee's in January 2009.

Interview Details – Walked-in and asked to speak to the manager, received a briggs-type personality test and general ethics test, then had an interview with the GM followed by the job offer.

Interview Question – Ethically questions about rude customers, e.g. how do you react when your customer is really being difficult and unreasonable.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Food Server Interview

Food Server
Minneapolis, MN

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Applebee's in April 2009.

Interview Details – The hiring process was quick and easy, they asked many thoughtful question regarding my previous work history and experience. The hiring manager was friendly and upbeat, and cheerfully offered me the position on the spot.

Interview Question – whats is your greatest weakness?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Food Server Interview

Food Server
Commack, NY

I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Applebee's in March 2013.

Interview Details – apon finishing my application, a manager spoke with me and told me he would share my application with the general manager and call me as soon as possible for an interview. I heard back a week later, and a date was set for the interview. I went to my interview and when we were finished, I was told that he wanted me to meet the general manager for a second interview. He then scheduled my second interview for a week later. I met the general manager on the second interview, during which I was hired, and was told that he'd call me for a start date. I then wasn't scheduled to start for another week and a half. It took nearly a month to start my training from the time I first met them. During my training, I was paired with some of the most incompetent servers I have ever been exposed to. I later found out that these servers and 'key' had no other food severing or customer service experience, and I wasn't surprised. During my training, the trainers were so poor at their jobs, I started to rethink and regret my choice of employer. However, I gave my word to management during my interviews that I would not quit on them shortly after being hired, so I continued on my Applebee's venture.

Interview Question – I was asked typical questions in food service/customer service which included questions regarding how I dealt with difficult customers.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Food Server Interview

Food Server

Interviewed at Applebee's

Interview Details – Three interviews with diff managers

Interview Question – Who is your role model?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Easy, I got hired.

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