Mimi's Cafe

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    Hostess job worth the money

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    Former Employee - Hostess
    Former Employee - Hostess

    I worked at Mimi's Cafe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Hostess are paid above minimum wage (to compensate for no tips)
    -No tips for hostesses, so you don't have to share your wages with the bussers and waiters
    -Very easy job if you're good at making important decisions and problem-solving quickly and under pressure.

    Cons

    -A lot of pressure. Every time you make a poor seating decision, you are messing up people's paychecks.
    -You have to make lots of important decisions off the top of your head (ex. a group of 12 with no reservation comes in during lunch rush and your best servers are already swamped with 4-5 tables each and the only place to seat the party is to split them between two waiters who both suck at taking a lot of tables).
    -Besides lunch rush, it's usually pretty slow. So, standing around and waiting to seat people can get boring.
    -VERY unflexible schedule. At my location, there was only 4 or 5 hostesses total. So, if you called off, either someone had to work a double or one of the managers would have to do your job. Not good....unless you are free all the time, in which case you can pick up all the hours other people can't make

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Mimi's Cafe Interviews

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    Hostess Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Mimi's Cafe.

    Interview Details

    I applied for a position as a hostess after an unsuccessful foray into the insurance sales field. I had lost my car and i really didn't have many options.

    The application process was quick and painless. I received a call for an interview the very next day. The interview was pleasant and professional. The store manager did seem to have an interest in my background but most of the questions didn't feel very relevant (in my opinion) to the job I was applying for. I was blatantly told that this position was a hostess position and there would be no opportunity to advance into serving or any other job in the restaurant. I didn't express y displeasure with that scenario, largely because I was desperate for work.

    It took about a week before I heard back from anyone, then the store manager reached out to me personally to let me know that they weren't offering me a position because they felt I was overqualified for the job. I believe I got that call because I knew someone working at the restaurant - they had referred me. I don't know that it was common practice.

    About a week later I received another call from the store manager wanting to know if I could start work immediately. Apparently the other hires didn't pan out.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to be a hostess after working the types of jobs you have in the past?   Answer Question
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    Easy Interview

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Website www.mimiscafe.com
Headquarters Dallas, TX
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1978
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Restaurants, Bars & Food Services
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Since we first opened in 1978, Mimi’s Cafe has been a favorite destination for restaurant goers who want to relax and connect over freshly prepared meals. Our colorful French-cottage themed buildings and lush gardens let our guests know right away that Mimi’s is a special place to visit.

Arthur J. Simms brought his lifetime of experience in restaurants along with... More

Mission: Mimi’s Cafe has a rich history of inspired food and unparalleled service that has lasted more than three decades, and we want you to be a part of it! Our employees are... More

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