Panera Bread Interview Questions

Updated Apr 14, 2015
Updated Apr 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Day Baker Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview

    Quick, free drink offered, the review was over my professional ability, ease with others, communicating well, the customers can have very specific requests, the no jerks policy, dress code, computer use for their system, safety in the work place.

    Interview Questions

    • If I'm familiar with how a bakery runs, & can be quick & efficient.   Answer Question
  2.  

    Assistant Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread (Oklahoma City, OK).

    Interview

    Time efficient, phone interview then a face to face interview, and then there was a tour or realistic preview to help the people and better experience of the atmosphere. The interviewers put a positive spin on things but definitely there are areas of improveing upon, but that is normal

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  3. Helpful (1)  

    Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview

    Was not hard at all, just be yourself. They ask very easy questions. How you are as a person and how you can make the company better. Most people get hired because it's not a hard job to do.

    Interview Questions

    • What is one good thing about you, you would like us to know?   Answer Question
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    Hourly Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Panera Bread (Murfreesboro, TN).

    Interview

    I was called late on a Sunday night and asked to come in for an interview on a Thursday. I arrived 5 minutes early for my interview. I informed the cashier I was there for my interview and she walked in the back and returned seconds later saying I could take a seat as her manager would be out in a moment. I waited around for a good 10 to 15 minutes, watching the manager stand around and talk to her fellow employees for the majority of this time (note:I was the only person in the entire place minus two or three tables that had already been served). When she finally got around to meeting me, she could not have been more uninterested. I was polite and stood up, reaching my hand out to formally introduce myself. I received the most unenthusiastic excuse for a handshake in my entire life, but I kept up apperances. She quickly sat down and got right on with the interview, if you could even call it that. She asked me my past experience and my education history. I watched as she pretended to right down information. Then she proceeded with the only two interview questions she bothered asking: "When is an experience you had to handle a complication in the workplace?" and " Have you had an experience where you faced a difficult situation in the workplace?" It was the same questions worded differently. She then asked me to tell her about myself, and she paid no attention to my words, even looked away while I spoke to her. After I finished, she asked me how many hours I was looking for. I applied for a full-time position that was open as it was what I was needing. She informed me that it was actually only part-time and asked if I was still interested, which I was. Then she said that they would give me a call in a few days to set up a second interview with the GM. I thanked her and left. I never got a call. I wasted my time by even bothering to show up. She was uninterested in me before she even met me. I have never been to an interview where I was met with such rudeness. The least she could have done was acted interested in hiring me.

    Interview Questions

    • " Have you had an experience where you faced a difficult situation in the workplace?"   Answer Question
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    Assistant Managerpast Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Panera Bread (Denver, CO).

    Interview

    Interview was completed with regional manger, basic interview questions, simple in a café. Normal questions, background checks, reference checks. Very typical of a basic interview, was called a week later with an offer for a position.

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  7.  

    Cashier Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread (Hartford, CT).

    Interview

    The Panera interview took place in person in the restaurant. The manager was very friendly as was the staff I met that day. I ultimately did not get the job because I was leaving to return to school.

    Interview Questions

    • Why I waned to work at Panera? What sets Panera apart? My strengths and weaknesses?   Answer Question
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    Cashier Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview

    I went into Panera bread while others were being interviewed in the lobby. A woman met me in the eating area and sat with me and asked questions and got to know me.

    Interview Questions

  9.  

    Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview

    Very relaxed interview process. I arrived and was offered a drink and directed to where the manager was sitting. The overall interview itself was friendly and laid back, no real difficult questions and the tone was all very conversational. A lot of the questions related to the position and prior experience with positions similar to this one but the standard personality type questions were asked. It was a really pleasant interview experience overall.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your favorite menu item?
      How did you handle a difficult customer in a previous experience?
      What are your greatest strengths?
       
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  10.  

    Part Time Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview

    It was nice and informative on what each job entailed and where you'd be starting out with.
    Told me what responsibilities I would have as a worker.
    Was able to get a free drink while going through the intertwine process.
    It was a casual sit down in the cafe with one of the managers then had another interview with a second manager the next day.
    They assured me and told me that essentially I had the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you prefer mornings?/Afternoons?/or Evenings?   1 Answer
  11.  

    Cashier/Barista Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview

    Short, to the point. Simple, predictable questions that only required a dedicated answer. Easy to prep for. The interviewer was friendly and easy to talk to. The interview took place right in the cafe without much privacy, so the questions had to be broad and customer friendly. The interview itself only lasted about 15 minutes and I had a job offer by the end of the day.

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