I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen.
Interview Details – Personable, laid-back interview.
Interview Question – 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
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen.
Interview Details – Simple interview
Interview Question – How would you handle a difficult customer? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was none
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in May 2013.
Interview Details – Group interview first with basic questions to get to know your personality. Second interview was with a trainer and the store manager, again nothing crazy just getting to know my personality. Main thing they were looking for was smile!
Interview Question – Nothing was out of the ordinary except they have you fill out a sheet with questions if you know the what color chardonnay or Merlot is and some kind of random fruit, thats not relevant to their menu. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I accepted an offer at another store, but I wish I had taken this. Seemed like a nice pay 60-70 per 3 hrs
Interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen
Interview Details – Two parts - the first is a group interview that involved a short test on ingredient/food/wine knowledge. We were offered drinks and given a basic intro to the company and what its like to work for CPK. The second part was an in-person interview with a hiring manager; mine was very polite and friendly.
Interview Question – What is a Jicama? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I was told I would have the position if I was willing to work more than seasonally, which I was not.
Interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen
Interview Details – Walked in
Interview Question – Describe a great dining experience Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in August 2011.
Interview Details – Interview was meeting with a manager who then would decide if they wanted to have you meet with another manager. After the second person you meet with one more manager. Then you are invited to a group session where you begin your training.
Interview Question – Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses... Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not negotiable. $2.13 + Tips....
I applied in-person and the process took 4 days - interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in October 2010.
Interview Details – Be prepared to meet with each manager in the store and get questions about team work.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time you had to deal with an angry customer Answer Question
Negotiation Details – You get hourly plus tips so no negotiating is possible
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in February 2012.
Interview Details – They have group interviews every Wednesday or something like that, so I went in with my application already filled out. They ask you a few questions and they give you a little questionnaire seeing how much knowledge you have about certain vegetables and wine. I got a call back a few days later for a private interview, I had 2 in the same day and got a call a few days later and I was hired but training wasn't to start for a month.
Interview Question – Give me an example of a time you went out of your way to make an upset guest happy. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in April 2009.
Interview Details – The Managers wanted to see if we could describe and sell the food and drinks.
We're not order takers, we're sales people.
The managers wanted to only hire people who were passionate about they're job.
Attitude, demeanor, personality, character, and presentation.
CPK gets a lot of upper middle class people.
so servers have to cater to caring for they're every need.
that's why earn $10-20/hr in tips alone!
Negotiation Details – everyone starts off at $4/hour and the government taxes us on it!
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at California Pizza Kitchen in September 2009.
Interview Details – Group hire. Phone call invitation with general questions. They hire in batches and usually a few quit or don't pass the tests.
Negotiation Details – no
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