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Applebee's Hostess Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 12, 2014
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Hostess
Radcliff, KY

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Applebee's in June 2010.

Interview Details – I walked in one day, asked if they were hiring, filled out an app. Got a call the second I got back to my house, asking me to come in for an interview that same day. I showed up and had to fill out a lengthy questionnaire that mostly just determines your character traits and personality. They want to make sure you are reliable, friendly, and not a thief, basically.

Got a call the next day confirming that I passed the test, had to sit down for a second interview with a manager. Asked basically the same questions.

Interview Question – Ha. None.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Minimum wage. Not much room for negotiating in positions like this!

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Anonymous Employee
Hobbs, NM

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

Interview Details – I applied on line and received a phone call that day to come in for orientation. There was no interview. I gave basic information online. After working there, it seems like they will hire almost anyone. I went in the nest day to fill out papers and was asked when I could start.

Interview Question – None   Answer Question

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Hostess
Sacramento, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Applebee's in June 2010.

Interview Details – Walked in, asked for an application. Application was given to me in store. Filled out the application there and turned in into the host at the host stand and asked to speak to a manager (since they were currently slow, he was able to get a hold of one). Spoke to the manager that very same day, asked a few general questions (this was my first job). Was told that she was going to talk to the general manager and I would be hearing something soon. Received a call a few hours later, told to come in the next day. Next day, spoke to the general manger, asked me a few things like "why do you want to work here?" "what customer service skills do you have?", really standard questions, and was hired on the spot. Best advice I can give is just to be really friendly and smile a lot during your interviews, restaurants focus a lot on personality.

Interview Question – None of the questions were really difficult, they were all really standard interview questions.   Answer Question

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Hostess
Fresno, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Applebee's in September 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online for hostess position. Received a call a week or so later asking me to fill out another online application. Two days after I received a call for a in person interview. In the interview the manager asked simple questions: Reviewed work history, asked my availability, asked my past restaurant experience. Was hired and given a tour and started the following week.

Interview Question – No difficult questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations

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Hostess
Sparks, NV

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

Interview Details – Walked in to apply, and was told to bring in app to open interviews on Saturday. Showed up early, along with about six other people. One manager took front of house applicants, another took kitchen people somewhere else. Then he took turns speaking to each of us separately, but it was at a nearby table, so the other applicants can here if they want. It was dark and we sat at table with awkward stools, so it made me feel a little uncomfortable (maybe that was the idea)

Interview Question – Interview questions:
What sets you apart?
What does customer service mean to you?
Tell me about your most difficult experience with a customer.
What opportunities do you see with Applebee’s?

The one that through me:
How would you get customers in the door?
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Hostess
Los Angeles, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Applebee's in June 2013.

Interview Details – Filled in app in-person and turned into general manager, had interview with another manager, then the same general manager that I met with before, and was hired. Pretty easy, standard questions. However, if you have experience, you're probably gonna get hired on the spot.

Negotiation Details – None. Min wage + tips

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Hostess
Lynnwood, WA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Applebee's in May 2013.

Interview Details – When you go in to pick up an application be prepared for an immediate interview with the manger. Return it on the same day and they will look at the hours, if its good they will give you a personality test through your email. They will ask you mainly about your availability. Also they ask about experience, but if you have none that's okay, its mainly the hours they are looking for.

Interview Question – Why do you have limited availability on these days of the week?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They called me back within minutes of me taking the personality test and offered me a job. I really needed one so i said yes!

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Anonymous Employee

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Applebee's in March 2012.

Interview Details – I went in for an application, filled one on the spot. Current host gave it to one of the managers, who decided to interview me on the spot. She said she'll pass it on to her GM. A week later, I got a call for a second interview. During the second interview, she just wanted to meet me for herself, since she trusts the manager who first interviewed me. Mouth swab test and ethics test was given that same day.

Interview Question – How do you feel working in a fast paced environment?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations. Base pay is $5/hr + tip shares (depends on how long your shift is, how much the servers are selling, and how many host/hostess working at the same time)

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Hostess

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Applebee's.

Interview Details – I sat down with my mom for lunch and my mom asked the waiter for an application. (Yup, my mom did, not me.) Then I filled it out there (it didn't ask for references, just employment history) and the waiter said the manager was there so I could give it to him in person. I did, and right then and there he asked for an interview!

I came for the interview and filled out a personality test which took about half an hour, then he asked me why I want to work there, how well I work in a group setting, and was the latest thing that made me laugh. He called me back for another interview the next day/

During that interview he asked me a series of questions pertaining to my personality, what I like in other people, what I dislike, what qualities I have that can help me in certain situations, etc. He said he was very impressed with my answers and that he'd love to hire me!

So in the end, try to set yourself apart. Even though it's just a hostess job, give thorough answers and try to show that you are a natural for the job. (Smiling, outgoing, humorous, nice, patient) Even though he asked me a lot of questions and took quick notes on them, I answered them in depth with charisma. (Speak loud and clear, avoid ums)

Interview Question – What was the latest disagreement you had with a superior?   View Answer

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Hostess
Tilton, NH

I applied in-person and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Applebee's in December 2009.

Interview Details – Short interview then was called back for training/induction to take a long survey that essentially asks you questions that tell about your morals - "Would you tell if a co-worker was stealing? etc."

Interview Question – Various questions on questionnaire were unexpected   Answer Question

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