The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread.
Interview Details – The interview process was pretty straight forward, if not relatively extensive. First was a phone interview with the head of Human Resources, then a face to face with a district manager. On to another face to face interview with the head of HR. The next step was a few hours in a cafe, shadowing the general manager and a couple of associates. The whole process took 4-6 weeks from my application to starting my first day.
Interview Question – I don't recall any unexpected questions, pretty straightforward interview questions if you've interviewed for restaurant work. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There wasn't any negotiation available to me.
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Panera Bread.
Interview Details – Regional interviews and hires. Recruiter in corporate offices.
Interview Question – I was promoted from within my regional is very easy to get along with we talked about what I was to expect from the store I was going to. She is very smart and honest Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Offered I counter offered she was firm
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread.
Interview Details –
After being connected to the Hiring Manager via Panera Bread recruiter I was sent an email with an IQ/Personality Test. Once I 'passed' I was shortly after contacted via email with an opportunity to meet with the hiring Manager face to face. The face to face was a very relaxed meeting, many things were discussed as a conversation with no hard interview questions.
At the end of the meeting the Hiring Manger expressed how much they liked me and I was told my information would be promptly forwarded onto the Operations Manager. The next morning an email was sent to me asking me to confirm a second interview 4 days later.
Interview Question – What is it that you, as a manager would bring to the staff and Panera Bread culture? View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread in April 2013.
Interview Details – Had to go on three interviews for this place. One was at the local store, and two were two hours drive from my home. After all of that and stringing me along, they decided to go with another candidate, which I think is kind of ridiculous. The interviewers were nice. I just wish I didn't have to see them three times. What a joke.
Interview Question – It wasn't one single question that was difficult, but they tended to take something I said out of context, turn it into a negative, and I found myself defending myself more than answering questions. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread in April 2013.
Interview Details – Was contacted by Hr when I was transitioning jobs... I was interviewed by three different men and no woman. No woman in upper management which is very sexist. Interview process took over a month which was ridiculous and very unorganized. I wish they didnt string it this long. When I got the job offer i was strung along even more then finally started.. Training was bad as managers who trained me did not seem to care about me one bit.
Negotiation Details – 35 k for 50 hrs a wk.. worked 60. 10 hrs for free is ridiculous with a bunch of dumb tedious jobs and expectations. sick of it then moved just recently and was able to get away from this hell. this is just not a good place to work
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread.
Interview Details – This is the process for corporate locations, franchise operations may differ. I responded to a job posting online and was immediately contacted by a recruiter for Panera. I had two interviews, the first was with the district manager for the area. The interview was very informal and the manager was dressed in business casual with no tie or coat. I was asked all the typical questions about experience, what made me want to work for panera, and my style of management. When the interview was over, the DM said that he liked me and would forward my info to the general manager that I would be training with if I was to be hired. After about a week, the GM called me and I had my second interview. GM was dressed same way as the district manager and asked many of the same questions, though our interview lasted about an hour and a half and was much more in depth with him asking me many personal questions and many questions about my last job. When the interview was over I was given a box of pastries to take home and told that I would be contacted in about a week. 5 days later I received calls from the DM and recruiter offering me the job. Overall it was a very pleasant, if not short experience.
Interview Question – What would make you want to leave this job? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread.
Interview Details – Long process with multiple interviews, but great training and room for endless growth, so very worth it.
Interview Question – Very informal interviews, nothing out of the ordinary Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate, just accepted their offer.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Panera Bread in August 2012.
Interview Details – First interview was with the Human Resource Manager. Second interview was with the District Manager. They also allowed a view hours to review the job with another manager before accepting the position.
Interview Question – I was comfortable in the interview, so there really isn't anything that comes to mind. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread in July 2012.
Interview Details – This is the second time I have interviewed with this company. Be prepared for interviews; i had FOUR. It was an hour drive to their location. All asked the same questions. I even completed their .5 work day. Twice. It ended without an offer. Seriously , gas is expensive and I only own two suits. I run restaurants, wasting time is NOT one of my strong points. How's that for an answer!
Interview Question – If you're going to sit someone down FOUR times and ask them the same 6 questions, I mean really. View Answer
The process took 2 days - interviewed at Panera Bread in February 2012.
Interview Details – The interview process is pretty standard. Interview with District Manager, then with Market Manager. You have a possibility of a peer interview as well where you work in the store itself just to see what its like. Overall pretty easy as long as you have restaurant experience or management experience, and smile often.
Interview Question – What makes you interested and qualified for a management position? Answer Question
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