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Berke Bakay
7 Ratings

    So Far, So Good

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Gilbert, AZ
    Current Employee - Server in Gilbert, AZ

    I have been working at Kona Grill part-time for less than a year


    Very busy restaurant, high check averages, great management, etc. At Kona I feel like management looks to hire employees who are genuinely nice/hard working people, rather than whoever has the most experience in the field. This creates a great atmosphere to work at, and has really allowed me to grow personally as a server. Training is really extensive here. They really make sure you know what you're doing before you're on the floor. Also it's a really long interviewing process: 3 interviews. Also a bonus is Kona uses Hot Schedules so it is really easy to change schedules and adjust. Plus management is really understanding about scheduling due to school, second jobs, or family.


    There are lots of servers on at one time, with relatively small sections. I've only been here for a month, and they've hired about 6 more servers too and it's easy to tell some of the old servers are a bit irritated they're hiring so many new people and putting more on the floor at once. Also the tip out is really high, for example I made $130 the other night and only got to take $102 home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe higher a cleaning crew to come every night instead of making the servers scrub the floors on their hands and knees, or raise the minimum wage up from $5 an hour. Other than that keep up the good work :)

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Kona Grill Interviews

Updated Sep 10, 2014
Updated Sep 10, 2014

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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Gilbert, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gilbert, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Kona Grill in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    When I was searching for jobs online, Kona came up on Indeed and I applied online. There was a very lengthy aptitude test along with the job application and resume. Based off of my results management called me in for my first interview, with one of the 4 managers. I passed the first interview so I was called in for a second interview with a different manager. Then I passed the second interview, I was called in for the final interview with the General Manager and at that point he told me in person I was hired. First he asked me some questions about myself, and general interview questions about how I would handle things in certain situations. All three managers had different interview styles but they were all relatively nerve wracking. I highly suggest dressing your best and come in with the most confidence you've got. Also, be the friendliest you can be. I really do think Kona is looking for friendly ambitious people above all.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time in which you were creative with a order while serving?   View Answer
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Website www.konagrill.com
Headquarters Scottsdale, AZ
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2002
Type Company - Public (KONA)
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

This company is pinning its hopes on the flavor of the Big Island to draw a few mainlanders into its restaurants. Kona Grill operates about 25 upscale casual-dining restaurants offering both seafood and American dishes with an island twist. The restaurants serve both lunch and diner menus, and they offer a wide selection of sushi. In addition to dining, each location typically has a bar area for happy hour with margaritas and martinis. The restaurants are typically found near upscale shopping areas in Arizona, Texas, and more than a dozen other states.

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