Chipotle General Manager Interview Questions

Updated Oct 2, 2014
Updated Oct 2, 2014
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General Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied in-person – interviewed at Chipotle.

Interview Details

Four interviews and working the AGM position for over a year to "prove" that you can do the job. Very difficult interview overall. More of acting the position of GM first and then going over how you were going to become an RT or turn the store around. Lots of pressure on performance.

Interview Questions
  • At a different restaurant than your home restaurant; spend 30 minutes observing and then diagnose why the restaurant is not yet restauranteur.   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
Very little negotiation allowed; college degree was more of a disadvantage (superiors felt intimidated?) than an advantage, which was disappointing.
Accepted Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I went online to apply for the job. I got a call from HR to schedule an interview. The process is pretty quick. The first one was a phone interview and a few days later, I got a phone call for a face-to-face interview.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Chipotle.

    Interview Details

    I had four interviews consisting of a video interview, phone Interview and 2 face to face interviews with different area managers. In the end I was not offered a position. I am fine with Chipotle's decision to not proceed with the hiring process, but I think that after going through four interviews an email explaining their decision would have been appropriate. I had to check my status online in order to get an update and still didn't receive a response after I emailed the recruiter asking for feedback as to what I could have done better. During the recruiting process Chipotle praised themselves as being very 'laid back'. I think after looking at the situation as a whole some of that transcends to unprofessionalism.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you include members of your team in daily decisions.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Chipotle.

    Interview Details

    I had 3 interviews. Video, phone, in person. All communication was done through email. In person interview was with 3 people in a relaxed setting. I prepared very well for these interviews and did quite well. However, none of my preparation and qualifications mattered. Nor did it matter how I answered. Chipotle isn't looking for the best candidate to lead one of their restaurants. They're looking for someone that's young, hip, and cool. This is the reason for their high turn over rate. They have no leadership in their resturaunts.

    Interview Questions
    • None, but I'm also a hiring manager so I was prepared.   View Answer
    No Offer
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Chipotle.

    Interview Details

    There are many interviews, they focus in experience and to see if you are a good fir for their culture they want to see a upbeat personality so drink a red bull before you go.
    They like to see high level of energy and flexible schedule to work those long hours

    Interview Questions
    • They have you run a shift with a training store and see your performance   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Asheville, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Asheville, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Chipotle in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Submitted a resume and was contacted about doing an online interview, in which you are recorded on your computer. I will say it is a good idea even though I did not get the job but I still would have liked to get in front of a real person. I am sure it allows them to accept more people for the interview process

    Interview Questions
    • Questions are normal interview questions nothing out of the ordinary   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Chipotle in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied to ad FOR Store Mgrs.Given interview @Job Fair. Told AT interview "NOBODY'S hired INTO Mgmt." Bait & Switch offer of $8.50hr to 'work way up ladder'.NO gauruntees,NOT even a fasttrack program. Not ONE word of this disclosed upfront. As a GM of 20years I felt the whole thing was unprofessional.

    Reasons for Declining

    * I cut the interview short and explained that I would take my 20 years of Restaurant Management experience to someone who was looking to run an HONEST ad, conduct a LEGITIMATE interview for such a position and consider my credentials appropriatley. Not smart to leave a $45-50k career for an $8.50 hour "OPPURTUNITY". Company is rated as having GREAT pay & perks for Management but I don't think I would ever work for a company who engaged in such misleading recruitment practices 'just' to get you in the door to begin with.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Huntington Beach, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Huntington Beach, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Chipotle in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Really enjoyed interviewing with the Regional Manager. He was specific but enjoyable to interview with. Would much rather have him as a direct boss than who currently is my boss.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Didn't really have a choice, should definately offer more for GM role.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Chipotle in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was extremely unprofessional. After 2 in store interviewsi was asked to Merry at a deli to discuss options. The area manager couldn't give me any definitive answers. Everything was kind of up in the air. I had 6 years management experience going into this interview and was told that I had to start as a crew member but not to worry because turnover was high so I would move up quickly.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiations.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Chipotle in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    There was a three person panel with questions about my past experiences and behavioral questions (what I had done/would do in certain sample situations.) I passed, and then was asked to complete an In-store experience (ISE) at a restaurant to see if they liked my performance and social skills. I am very outgoing, and have quite a bit of experience in different places, so it was very easy to be useful and comfortable right away. If that doesn't come easy to you, just do your best.

    Negotiation Details
    Raises are not reliable, so don't go in low thinking you will be bumped up. The GM pay is lower than most GM positions. I took a huge pay decrease to go from a GM position where I was working 60+ hours regularly to go a position that was supposed to be 45 hours regularly. 50 hours was the norm, and then changed to the requirement.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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