Cracker Barrel Interview Questions & Reviews
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Grill Cook Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Cracker Barrel in February 2013.
Interview Details – Basic Interview process including a one on one interview. Hiring process includes 3 to 4 days of computer testing and training followed by a 90 day probation period (rising star).
Most employees are too high strung or unprofessional, some seeming distant from reality, ironically these are usually the same ones who have been employed the longest.
Interview Question – Interview process was basic in regaurds to any other restaurant interview. Answer Question
Server Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Cracker Barrel in February 2014.
Interview Details – There are two interviews. The first one is with human resources mgr. I was told to wear my Sunday best and I wore a suit. He asked about the salary I expected, hours, and even what I planned for my future. He explained that they are like a family down home atmosphere, therefore morals and personality are important.
Interview Question – Biggest Weakness View Answer
Retail Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cracker Barrel.
Interview Details – I called the store just to ask about hiring opps for 16 year olds & was asked to come in! I came in, was interviewed with manager for servers & then was referred to retail manager. I was interviewed by her a few days later, then called back for interview with the store manager. The interview with the store manager was really nice, she & I just talked about the role I would have, she got to know me, & got a feel of my personality. The interview with the store manager was a bit more intense and straightforward!
Interview Question – Suprisingly, I wasn't prepared to answer-- "How do you expect to handle this and your heavy school work?" Answer Question
Communications Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cracker Barrel.
Interview Details – First interviewed with HR then the department manager and department head. Everyone reviewed my portfolio and asked typical behavior type questions. Describe a difficult situation you have handled. What do you do with a difficult coworker? Those type of questions.
Interview Question – Don't remember there being one. Answer Question
Hostess Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cracker Barrel in September 2011.
Interview Details – You get two face to face interviews. One with an assistant manager and with the general manager. If you get the second interview than you got the job.
Interview Question – Describe a time that you went above and beyond what you were expected? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation needed I was offered more than I was making.
Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at Cracker Barrel.
Interview Details – hr interview, and an interview with a district manager and possibly general manager before being hired. 6 weeks training out of state.
Interview Question – Pretty standard stuff Answer Question
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Hostess Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied in-person - interviewed at Cracker Barrel in August 2012.
Interview Details – First you fill out and application and ask to see a manager, after that a manager see you and lets you know if you qualify for any position available. Then, they either tell you to come back or to wait for a call.
Interview Question – Overall the question asked where very easy. View Answer
Store Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cracker Barrel in August 2011.
Interview Details – Visited store and turned in application. Interviewed by General Manager and Area Director
Server Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cracker Barrel in June 2013.
Interview Details – I had an interview with one of the store managers at a table in the restaurant during a slow period. Very basic interview questions were asked concerning longevity, how I heard about the position, had I been to Cracker Barrel previously, etc. There were customers at other tables in the dining room. I dressed professionally.
Interview Question – I was asked what I would do in a difficult situation and how I would handle it. Since I had previous restaurant experience, I was asked how I handled a difficult situation in the past. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no room to negotiate, they told me they would be in touch after the interview. I was called several days later and they informed me of the training days and what uniform I needed to wear.
Prep Cook Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and interviewed at Cracker Barrel.
Interview Details – Two interviews, one with mid level manger and then general manger. Fairly innocuous interview. If you have experience you can slightly negotiate for your starting salary.
Interview Question – None. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Based on previous experience I was able to ask for a slightly higher starting salary.
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Pros: “Their training is so thorough, I'd say it's a great place to begin somewhere. No matter what area you're in, if it's your first job at all then it will really prepare you for other jobs. If…” “Their training is so thorough, I'd say it's a great place to begin somewhere. No matter what area you're in, if it's your first job at all then it will really prepare you for other jobs. If you're looking to start serving but every other restaurant requires a couple of years experience, this is a really good start. There are opportunities to move around to different areas in the store. Most locations have a very steady flow of customers so tables turn quickly. And due to how strict this company typically is, most other restaurants will love to have you if/when you choose to move on. If you fit in well at your location, it is a great environment to work in- very positive. Some of the company policies that you agree to adhere to include, "having a Pleasing People attitude" and most bosses want people who smile. Put that across a whole crew and it's usually just a very good experience. If you can smile and come across as truly happy to deal with a lot of stress, while moving quickly, then you can succeed at the Barrel. I feel the compensation is fair for this job in front and back of house. I can't compare it to fine dining, but I've worked at something like the next step down from this (no drive thru, but no servers either) and I would say this definitely feels like a step up, as it should. In back I make more than I did at my old job after 3yrs and I'm not back there very often. Servers get the usual low hourly that varies depending on location, and unlike some other chains they do not require any tipsharing unless another server is actually serving a large party WITH you. We also are not our own cashiers, which is a bonus if you're new and/or are bad at making change. They have some really great employee programs that remind me of when I worked for Walmart. It just gives you the impression that they care about your wellbeing even when you're not physically at Cracker Barrel, like you're at least partially important to them. And everyone I've met who doesn't work in a restaurant but rather does HR or something has just been really pleasant. All of the upper management seems wonderful, like they actually enjoy their jobs and just want things done by the book and their stores to be profitable and clean.” – Full Review