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Darden Interview Questions

Updated May 6, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Server/Bartender Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Darden.

    Interview

    The first thing that gets done with Darden restaurants is an online assessment. It is geared to sift out personalities that their psychological experts have deemed won't do well in restaurant work. It is based on a California psychological evaluation that was developed in the late 60s/early 70s in which you would be asked the same question several different ways i.e. you can't BS your way around it.

    You interview with the FOH manager and they basically review your experience and take a gut check on your personality. If you are not upbeat and positive, you will not get hired.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here? (Darden restaurants owns Olive garden, Longhorn, Bahama breeze, Capital Grille, and Seasons 52)   1 Answer

  2.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Darden (Phoenix, AZ) in March 2018.

    Interview

    Online app. Phone interview. In-person interview with area manager. Easy experience with what seems to be a great company. Have read mixed reviews but you experiance with the company is a direct result of your relationship with your superviser.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to leave your current position?   1 Answer
  3.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Darden.

    Interview

    I applied online and was contacted within the same week. I was asked to come in to the restaurant for an interview. First interview was about 20 mins and it went well so I was asked to stay for a second interview with the Regional Director and that was about another 25 mins or so. About 10 mins after the second interview I was given the job on the spot.

    Interview Questions

    • When a guest seems unhappy and begins to complain about miscellaneous things, what is the first step in creating a solution? How do you compose yourself?   1 Answer

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    Restaurant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbus, GA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Darden (Columbus, GA) in November 2017.

    Interview

    My initial interview with human resources started off awkwardly as he said that he's not going too interview me, just had be a conversation. At the end, I was told that I'm overqualified and asked if I would even like to proceed. (Very discouraging) After my second interview with an Olive Garden GM and director of operations I was excited for the first time. That interview went well and I was told that I'll be contacted by HR "by tomorrow" with an offer. I was sent an auto generated email one week later. It felt like unorganized and like my time was not respected. I would not work for them in my local market.

    Interview Questions


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    Data Science Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Darden.

    Interview

    I had about 6 rounds for a Summer Internship role. Most of the rounds were technical oriented. But the interviewers were very friendly and experienced. They would definitely know if you rant around something you have not worked on. They get in detail with every single thing on your resume and extrapolate their questions from your projects into generic data science questions. Overall, it was a very good experience. I would definitely recommend it to someone whois in core data science.

    Interview Questions

    • Gave me a problem on the fly and asked me how I would go about the statistical analysis to maximize profit and how I would evaluate my model?   1 Answer

  6.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Darden (Dallas, TX).

    Interview

    Thorough, multi-level interview process. Questions were fair and not any different from any other restaurant manager interview process that I had taken before. I did not find this process to be difficult and they were very accommodating for all levels of interviewing.

    Interview Questions

    • What were some obstacles I had to overcome as a restaurant manager in a previous job, what my aspirations were, if I needed for people to like me.   Answer Question

  7.  

    CRM Data Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Darden (Orlando, FL) in September 2017.

    Interview

    First round was a one-hour phone interview with the manager of the position. Second round was a 30-minute phone interview with the head of the CRM division. Third round was a 5+ hour on-site interview with the above-mentioned manager and division head, as well as brand representatives for four Darden brands.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time in which a digital advertising campaign did not perform well, and how you communicated that to your client.   Answer Question
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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fresno, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Darden (Fresno, CA) in September 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online when I first moved to a new city, and physically brought in my resume to a manager the next day. He told me my resume was impressive and to expect a call about scheduling an interview. I never did. About a month later I saw an ad posted about Yardhouse needing servers, so I called and asked if I should reapply. They said they had my resume on file and scheduled an interview with me. The manager interviewed me and it went very well, he said that they would be interviewing others over the next few days and would call me to schedule a SECOND interview in about 2 days. I never recieved a call, so I called 3 days later to follow up and this time a different manager apologized for wasting my time and said she had no idea why I was interviewed in the first place because they were not currently hiring or holding interviews. I have never come across a more unorganized and unprofessional interview process and management.

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you believe you are qualified to work on a fast-paced restaurant such as Yardhouse?   Answer Question

  9.  

    Server/Waitress Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Willow Grove, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Darden (Willow Grove, PA) in September 2017.

    Interview

    I interviewed with the FOH manager and I opted to wait a couple hours on premises rather than schedule an interview for another day with the general manager because I was given a choice to stay or make another appointment and I needed a job and I believe candidates should show the prospective employer that you are serious about being hired.

    Interview Questions

    • If my manager asked me to do something, a co-worker asked me to help them and a guest needed me how would I handle that situation?   1 Answer

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    Bartender Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Darden (Pittsburgh, PA) in August 2017.

    Interview

    They were to quick to make a qualified decision. They Didn't ask enough or the right questions. They did not seem to care I was ramp certified. They did not ask how many years experience I had.

    Interview Questions


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