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Darden Interview Questions

Updated May 4, 2017
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  1.  

    Sous Chef Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Darden (Phoenix, AZ).

    Interview

    I was flown from Vegas to Phoenix for the interview. Treated like a VIP the whole time. I met with a company VP and also the executive VP of Operations. I was impressed at how professional the whole experience was.

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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Darden (Rockville, MD) in May 2017.

    Interview

    The process was quick, warm and inviting. I was extended an interview automatically, based on my Darden's TAS ( online evaluation) prescreening assement score. An automated repy, instructing applicaticant to call the restaurant, speak with a manager, and setup an interview will be sent to all scores ranging from 70-100, (100 is the highest possible). On the interview I was offered a beverage, given a warm hand shake and an apology for the short wait. The interviewer was most concerned with my availability, how many shifts I would willing to work and income requirements (average weekly tips). I was asked a series of questions geared towards customer service skills, experience, food/wine/coctail knowledge and salesmanship.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked four questions-

      1) what is your favorite food? Sell me that dish as if I was a guest.
      2) Is there a difference between service and hospitality? If so, what are the differences?
      3) Can you name four scotchs?
      4) I have several interviews, what sets you apart from the rest and makes you the best candidate?  
      1 Answer

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    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Darden (South Jordan, UT) in March 2017.

    Interview

    I originally applied for a server online but you have to be 21 to serve at olive garden. There are two interviews, one with the general manager. One of the employees gave me a tour.

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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Darden (Miami, FL) in January 2014.

    Interview

    The interview was very quick and easy. Simple questions. I had to wait about 2 weeks until I heard back from them. Once you're hired you have Paid training for a week. If you are a Server you get to sample food.

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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hickory, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Darden (Hickory, NC).

    Interview

    They inquired about sales skills and emphasized the importance of being a salesperson and server. They also provided a breath of information about the history of the company and Thier concerted effort to build loyalty of their clientele.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you sell a pack of artificial sweetener taken from the center of the table . what would be your sales pitch?   Answer Question

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    Prep Cook/Dishwasher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Darden (Greenville, SC) in January 2017.

    Interview

    All the managers were very warm and inviting. Treated me with the courtesy as if a meal guest. I liked the questions because they highlighted essential core values in teamwork and guest service.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do I think I would be good for the team.   1 Answer

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    Server Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Darden (Lawrenceville, GA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    It was quick not a long process. They asked very basic question and focused on my experience, customer service and my ability to be willing/happy to be of service. Training lasted about a week prior to being on floor with guests.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your serving experience?   1 Answer

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    Senior Linux Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Darden (Orlando, FL) in October 2016.

    Interview

    A recruiter found my profile on a job site and contacted me. Wasn't really looking for anything but was interested in moving to Orlando so thought I would give it a try. They first asked for me to fill out a online application which they were in a rush to get but no big deal. Then next came a "behavioral assessment" that seemed a little strange. This sort of request is so out of character for most IT positions I almost balked right there. I tried it and it asked inane questions like everyone in the company was expected to have been a server at some point. I have never been a server in a brass and fern bar so really seemed dumb. The questions were like scenarios you would find in one of their restaurants. Next was the tech interview. Spoke with two of their "engineers" and to be honest I thought they sounded like they might have recently been wearing flair in a restaurant days before. Their questions were sophomoric and so simple I could not fathom why they were wasting my time. I really did keep picturing some of the "Chachkies" type employees had moved to their corporate offices. So after several minutes of this, I decided this place would not be for me. Their entire process seemed like it was designed to find the most subservient corporate stooge possible. There are a lot of tech jobs out there and picking the wrong company can result in wasted years. It really took me many a long time to understand this. I still however do like the food at their restaurants. :-D

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    I interviewed with the Recruiter over Skype, we originally connected via LinkedIn. He was very simple after seeing my resume he said he didn't have any questions about my ability to do the job asked me about what my Salary requirements were then set up a time for me to meet with the Director of Ops for the region. Met the DO and was hired within 10 minutes we didn't talk at all about the job really our families and personal stuff one of the most light hearted easy interviews I've ever been on. I was offered the position and accepted after a drug screen and background check they asked me how much I wanted per year and they accepted what I asked for.

    Interview Questions

    • How many hours a week do you expect to work?   1 Answer

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    Food Server Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cypress, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Darden (Cypress, CA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    3 interviews with different managers. The restaurant manager conducted her strenuous interview on the last interview. She was very straightforward with her questions. Be sure to make eye contact and know a favorite item on the menu. She also asked about your current availability

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here   1 Answer

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