Panera Bread
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Panera Bread Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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Cashier Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Dublin, OH

I applied in-person and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Panera Bread in January 2014.

Interview Details – It was fine. Not the best.

Interview Question – They kept asking how old I was. It was kind of insulting after repeatedly telling them.   Answer Question

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Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – The interview was not very good. The hiring manager asked questions in a condescending way and did not seem very invested in the interview.

Interview Question – He asked me how much I expected to make. At a minimum-wage job you expect to get minimum wage.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was none.

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Average Interview

Training Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee
Irvine, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Panera Bread in June 2010.

Interview Details – Multiple interviews, one over the phone, and two in person.

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1 person found this helpful

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Panini & Food Line Worker Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – I applied online and it was a very long application. I was contacted within the following week to set up an interview. I was interviews by two managers and the general manager on two occasions. It was easy and they asked basic questions.

Interview Question – How would you handle an angry customer?   Answer Question

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Very Easy Interview

Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Mequon, WI

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Panera Bread in October 2013.

Interview Details – One interview, hired on spot

Interview Question – None, normal questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Right there, asking me to quit my other job

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Cashier/Barista/Dishwasher Interview

Anonymous Employee
Ankeny, IA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – I applied online and heard back from them a few weeks later. There was a two part interview. The first was a short 20-minute behavioral interview with a manager. They called and asked me to return two days later. The second was a half hour interview with the highest manager at that location.

Interview Question – Can you describe a time where you overcame a difficult situation? How did you do it?   Answer Question

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Assistant General Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – It's 3 intensive interviews.

Interview Question – They ask a lot of scenario questions.   Answer Question

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Cashier/Trainer Interview

Anonymous Employee

Interviewed at Panera Bread

Interview Details – There were two interviews, by the end of the first they made it seem as though the second interview was just a formality. It was not very formal, after the second interview I was shown around the back.

Interview Question – When was a time you faced a conflict with a team member, and how was this conflict resolved?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They laid all the information out, there wasn't room for negotiation as far as salary goes. They asked when I could work.

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Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee

Interviewed at Panera Bread

Interview Details – applied online, got a call a week later for an interview, went in and had two interviews, one with HM and one with GM, and was offered job

Interview Question – what is integrity to you   View Answer

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Very Easy Interview

Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Chesterfield, MO

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Panera Bread.

Interview Details – The interview process was incredibly easy; I was in high school, just turned 16, applied and apparently made a good first impression because they didn't ask me much in the interview, just told me I got the job.

Interview Question – When can you start working?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Short.

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