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Updated Jan 26, 2015
Updated Jan 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant Manager Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    They send you to a location, and make you work for free for 4 hours as an interview. With no training they send you in to make sandwiches ect, help in the bakery side, dishes and cleaning dining room. No experience with company at all. District manager watches you the entire time.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    You ask for more they say no. They don't negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Cashier Interview

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    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    I went inside to check on my application status and a man came over to ask me some questions. He asked me if I had any previous experience and since it was my first job I had no experience. He asked how my memorization was and how I was with strangers. I answered that I was excellent with both.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to describe by worst qualities. I felt uncomfortable being asked that but I answered honestly.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    It was basic stuff. Nothing really hard.
    What is your version of "good" customer service. Then we just chatted about things in the news and other various things going on. No questions about the company

    Interview Questions
    • How would you defuse a situation with an angry customer   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They told you what you made
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    I applies on a Friday afternoon and received a call the following Sunday around noon from my future general manager. I applied for a store that was still under construction, so we held our meeting at a different Panera Bread outside of center city Philadelphia. The interview was casual and painless and took about fifteen minutes. Two weeks later, our store was completed and we started orientation. All hires were new and unacquainted with Panera, so we were given a group orientation titled "Planet Bread". This was our indoctrination into the company, and took several days. We did group activities and learned how to brew coffee, talk to guests, make food, move throughout the dining room, etc.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Cashier Interview

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    Interview Details

    Interview wasn't too lengthy, was pretty much like your normal interview. They some general questions such as tell me about yourself and why do you want to work for the company. They also asked a lot of situational questions in regards to how you would act in certain situations that you may encounter. Overall a pretty easy and typical interview.

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    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    After the long personality questionnaire, the interview itself was quick and easy. I was done in 10 minutes. I was offered a free drink and sat and waited for the interviewer. Interview was friendly and the questions were basic. I had an internship on my resume and was asked about that. I had no experience in food service and was hired.

    Interview Questions
    • Did you receive criticism at your internship? What was it?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate/Cashier Interview

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    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied online and 4 days later I got a phone call from the assistant manager to schedule an interview. I went in for the interview and a friendly cashier offered a free drink ad told me the manger will be right out a few minutes later. sat down and a few mins later he sat down with me and the process began. asked pretty basic questions until he started throwing definitions at me... Really??? I stumbled on those and he seemed disinterested so I already knew I wasn't getting the job... He told me he had other people to interview and would get back to me at the end of that week.. two long weeks later, he called and left a voice message saying he would not be going through with my application and GOOD LUCK with finding a job...

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Panera Bread Associate Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    The interview questions were really basic and easy, nothing hard in my opinion ( very first interview). The only problem was the assistant manager wasn't very focused, she got up during the interview abruptly about 3 times. Besides that, I Got asked to come to a second interview with the general manager.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Associate Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    I applied online, got an interview with a week. The process was pretty easy, it was my first job in food service. The manager who interviewed me was very calm and actually listened to my answers. He emphasized how important it was to make the customer happy and to follow the rules and to use the tools you gained through your training to be great t your job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Panera Bread Associate Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Panera Bread.

    Interview Details

    I submitted an application online and received a phone call within a week. I talked with one of the assistant managers there and they planned to schedule two interviews, one with an assistant manager and another with the head manager. I went in for my first interview and found out that the assistant manager wasn't there and that I would just have my first interview with the head manager. We had a brief discussion, maybe 20 minutes, about my past experience, my goals in life, why I wanted to work at Panera and why I wanted to work in the customer service domain, among other things. Nothing out of the ordinary. Honestly, if you are dressed nicely that will probably be half of it. They aren't looking for past experience, just character.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation here, they gave me a flat hourly salary at the end of my interview and I had no chance to bargain.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

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