Cheesecake Factory Interview Questions

Updated Jul 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Baker Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory (San Diego, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    It was actually really fast - I was called about 2 days after applying. It began with a phone interview where they asked me a few preliminary questions (last about 5-6 minutes maybe) and afterwards I was granted an in-person interview. That lasted a while, maybe an hour. I was then told I would get a second interview with the general manager of the restaurant. I think my first interview was with a regular manager. The second interview was faster, I think he is just a busy guy, so it was maybe 30 minutes. We went over my availability, past experiences, how I would handle being in a busy and hectic environment. He told me then that I was hired and would hear from them about orientation!

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    • What is an instance in your past work that was difficult or there was a disagreement. How did you handle it?   Answer Question
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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory.

    Interview

    You sit there waiting for someone for 30 min to an hour. I could clearly tell the manager had either forgotten I was even there, or whoever was supposed to let him know did. And you either have a total of 2 to 3 interviews depending on who you interview with first. If you have significant restaurant experience you should get the job.

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    Busser Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jacksonville, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory (Jacksonville, FL).

    Interview

    Very easy one on one interview. Was referred by and friend that was currently working there so the interviewer kept the conversation informal and very easy. Went through some personality testing to make sure you are not crazy and that you would be a good fit for the company's culture.

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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sarasota, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory (Sarasota, FL) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Filled out the form online just before the weekend. Got a call back on the following Monday asking if I was still interested. Very quick impromptu interview that definitely caught me off guard. Had an actual interview with the Server Manager and the General Manager on Thursday. This took almost an hour and a half. First interview happened fifteen minutes after I was seated. It lasted about ten minutes. Second was forty five minutes later with the GM and lasted about five minutes. Was told they needed to call my references and got a call asking if I wanted to accept the job the following Monday.

    Interview Questions

    • If we were to call your last place of employment, what three words would they use to describe you?   1 Answer
    • What would you do if you were seated with more than one table?   1 Answer
    • Have you eaten at The Cheesecake Factory before? What is your favorite dish? What is your favorite cheesecake?   Answer Question
    • What was it about a previous dining experience at The Cheesecake Factory that made you decide to work here?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. You either took it or left it.

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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory.

    Interview

    The interview process was very easy. CF called me in for an interview for monday. I came in and sat with the manager who was laid back but straight forward. No redundant questions. No what-would-you-do scenarios.

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    Lawson Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory.

    Interview

    Talked to the recruiter. He asked me to fill a survey and which took me about 45 minutes and those surveys are nothing to do with my job application. He never called me back. They used me to fill in the survey. Never applying there again ,

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    Front Desk Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory.

    Interview

    They have changed their hiring process since I First applied. They now have you apply online and take an assessment. You should then call the location and see if they are hiring for that position, and let you know you've already filled out your online app. They will then have a phone interview and f2f interview.

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    Prep Cook Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory (Philadelphia, PA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I had got called in for a interveiw didnt kno who i was talkin to he said im a good match for the position then said he would move on to the next hiring step and gonna call me he never called me yet! and im serv safe cetified.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you like best about the cheesecake factory??   1 Answer
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    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory (Arlington, VA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online through the Cheesecake Factory website. The Cheesecake Factory took 2 weeks to to call me and tell me I got an interview. When I arrived I informed the hostess on duty I was there for an interview, waited for about 20 minutes. The interview was a one on one interview at one of the tables in the restaurant. Then a week after my interview I received a call from the man who did my interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you choose the Cheesecake Factory? What can you bring to the Cheesecake Factory? When are you able to work? What are the job requirements for a hostess? On a scale of 1 to 10 how well do you with others, how about under pressure? Also just general questions about yourself   Answer Question
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    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Willow Grove, PA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Cheesecake Factory (Willow Grove, PA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The application required a personality test and a speed test which included SAT-type questions. I sent in the application and got a call from a manager about 4-5 days later. I was looking for a second part-time summer job and their posting said seasonal and summer so I thought it would be perfect for me. Anyway, I drove a half hour for my interview to talk to a manager for 5 minutes who asked me only two questions. Don't get me wrong, he was very friendly, but the interview was rushed and you could tell he either already had someone else in mind to hire or just was not interested in hiring me. Everything he said had a negative connotation such as "Oh so you don't have any upscale casual dining experience" and "We usually don't hire only for the summer" and "We're interviewing 40-50 applicants for 4-5 positions". Everything he said made me realize he was not interested. I wish they would have just called me and told me they were not interested because it was blatantly obvious. It would have saved me a half an hour up and back to get there and all the time I spent researching the company. It was very disappointing.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself... what are your goals for the future?   1 Answer
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