California Pizza Kitchen Interview Questions

Updated Oct 14, 2014
Updated Oct 14, 2014
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  1.  

    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen.

    Interview Details

    Walked in and turned in my application, the manager came out and told me to come back the next day for an interview. At the interview, he asked me questions about why I wanted to work there, what their values are as a company, and then the other store manager came in and asked me pretty similar questions. I was told to come in the next day for a second interview, this time with the hiring manager. She asked me very simple, standard questions, and then at the end told me that the job offer would depend on if one of her employees decided to take time off for school or not.

    Interview Questions
    • If I talked to your friends, what would they say is the one thing you need to improve on in yourself?   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2.  

    Busser Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I filled out an app for California Pizza kitchen for a dishwasher position. I was called by the general manager a week later after I filled out the app. She was very nice and said that they really needed bussers. She explained to me what a busser was and set up and interview for the next day. The interview was really short due to the fact that she only asked me one question which was about my last working experience and I was hired on the spot!

    Interview Questions
    • What were your duties at your last place of employment?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Server Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a phone call to come in the next day for an interview. Since I had a horrible experience with the last time (the review is below, the one where the manager left me hanging for almost two hours), I was skeptical. But the minute I walked in, this location was much better. The manager interviewing me was warm, friendly and had a great sense of humor. You could tell he was a good guy within the first five minutes of talking. He hired me on the spot and set up a second interview with the assistant manager for a few days later. She asked basically the same questions he did and scheduled my training for me a few days later. They definitely DID count my food running as experience unlike the last place and now that I'm officially hired I can say I'm very happy with the managers and staff at this location. Really glad I didn't get hired by the first CPK because this location blows them away on both professional levels but also with friendliness of employees, kindness of managers, etc.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you please a customer who didn't like what they ordered?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate at all. State minimum wage otherwise $4.25 plus tips. I never have a problem making way over minimum wage.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Was recommended by a friend. Fast interview process, started the following week, trained for a week before working the floor on my own.

    Declined Offer
  6.  

    Waiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    CPK Hawaii holds group interviews every Wednesday. I had to fill out a resume that was provided, which included general questions (experiences, reasons for applying, etc.) and also some questions about ingredients that they use (e.g. types of cheese). The interview was done in a group format (10+ people).

    Interview Questions
    • The manager asked us questions regarding restaurant service. Standing in front of 10+ other applicants and talking was pretty intimidating.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  7.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at California Pizza Kitchen.

    Interview Details

    Personable, laid-back interview.

    Interview Questions
    • None, they just wanted to get to know you. The hiring manager sat me down and asked me some questions about my work history at other restaurants and my college experience. No behavioral or very tough questions, it seemed more like they were looking for someone who fit their staff's personality. Overall, positive experience, although it did take two weeks for them to get back with me. I would recommend having a few questions prepared for the interviewer to show you have interest and to get to know the people a little better.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at California Pizza Kitchen.

    Interview Details

    Simple interview

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was none
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Host Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at California Pizza Kitchen.

    Interview Details

    General questions about working with people and in a restaurant

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    There were two interviews for the position, one with the front of house (FOH) manager and another with the General Manager of the store, there were a number of scheduling conflicts between them and I ended up having to return three days in a row in order to be properly interviewed. However this showed my dedication to getting the job and it worked in my favor. Having a positive attitude about anything that may happen during the process is a giant plus for you. Just be yourself, its likely that the more fluid your conversation is with the person doing the hiring, the more likely you are to be hired, at least at the location I worked with. Having strong communication skills is really helpful as well.

    Interview Questions
    • Didn't really have one, it was all relatively straight forward having worked in food service previously.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Relatively short, they have a set wage in which they can pay you, I did not get my desired wage but I ended up working in a fun environment so it was worth it to me to trade off.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Bartender Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Estero, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Estero, FL
    Application Details

    interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    It is best to get an application or turn one into the restaurant during the week around 2pm-4pm. They will contact you if they are hiring and set up an interview. Once hired there is a kind of lengthy group class learning period lasting a week. Then a week of following shifts.

    Interview Questions
    • Be prepared to be asked various questions about past working experiences and accomplishment. The most difficult question for me was "what would you tell a guest, that asked your opinion about a menu item that you do not particularly like."   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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