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Darden Interview Questions

Updated Jul 17, 2017
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  1.  

    Dishwasher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Rochelle, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Darden (New Rochelle, NY).

    Interview

    It was nice I don't know if I was fully comfortable but I was okay with what they asked. I thought the lady was nice but nothing stood out all I know is that it was a nice first job interview I liked the competitive nature within me that sparks as soon as I imagine getting a paycheck Wack week

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    Reasons for Declining

    I couldn't take it


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    RANDOM Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Darden (Atlanta, GA) in August 2016.

    Interview

    My first interview lost my paperwork and called me by the wrong name twice and that was the first interview. 2nd interview I from a different mgt was late for the interview.

     Finally speaking with GM it was a 5min conversation because they weren't able to fully Focus because they're still running the restaurant which seemed to be by themselves.

    Lastly I was offered a job and my first day upon arriving I wasn't even sure where the kitchen was where the walk-in freezer is where they keep all of their utensils plates bowls spoons exedra I had to literally stop and ask you can I please get oriented with this facility first before I go and clean the toilets as a line cook.

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  3.  

    Host/Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hutchinson, KS
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Darden (Hutchinson, KS) in May 2016.

    Interview

    I had two separate interviews. The first interview was pretty generic and the second one had more specific questions including specific scenarios and what the employee would do in those situations. Overall, the questions were very easy to answer and actually had real world usage once in the field. Furthermore, the managers were very helpful in explaining the meaning and purpose behind the questions.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if a guest was upset about something?   1 Answer

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Darden (Orlando, FL) in March 2016.

    Interview

    Very long process. Meeting with several people over the course of several weeks. It appears that they hire frequently because they are quick to force people out. It definitely has a good old boys mentality. If you are not in with the end crowd do yourself a favor and find another job

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    Restaurant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Darden (Austin, TX) in March 2016.

    Interview

    The interview was Short and to the point. I met with the Director of Operations in Olive garden in Austin, Tx and we immediately hit it off like we were old pals. The key is always finding something common with the other person or a group of people. It establishes likability and trust and opens up and relaxes a person. People are most vaunerable when their guard is down and thats when you present your case and win them over.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me how would you handle a disgruntled employee?   1 Answer

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Communications Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Darden (Orlando, FL) in December 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online via the Darden website. Received a call from a recruiter about two weeks later. Had a brief 20 minute interview with the recruiter. A few days the recruiter called me back and set up a face-to-face interview with the hiring manager. During that interview, the hiring manager asked me to come back for a full day interview. Meet with six different business partners and team members from 9 am to 4 pm. They provided lunch. It was a long day, and I had to take PTO from my current employer. The recruiter met with me last and went over the benefit package and payroll. (Which really made me feel like I was going to get the job.) The interview was on a Thursday, and by the following Thursday they called me and told me they went with another candidate. At the end, the recruiter gave me a $25 Darden gift card.

    Interview Questions

    • It was a long day meeting with 6 different employees. I don't recall a specific question. Mostly about job-based questions and how I process information.   Answer Question

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    Utilty Person Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Darden (Kansas City, MO) in December 2015.

    Interview

    my interview with chef caleb was excellent,the qustions that chef asked were not hard , an the interview process went very well , was surprised by how fast I was notified that darden enterprise wanted to conduct the interview ,and was grateful that chef caleb made me feel at ease

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Darden (Washington, DC) in December 2015.

    Interview

    You are basically interviewed to see if you mention words that are associated with their leadership board. Words like leader, integrity. They actually have a print out of the words they are looking for during the interview.

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  9. Helpful (1)  

    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Augustine, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Darden (Saint Augustine, FL).

    Interview

    The Manager had me arrive before the restaurant opened and they asked about my life and my previous employment. They then asked me about my ability to learn the fast pace environment that was in the restaurant business. They told me the pay and how I will have benefits with Darden.

    Interview Questions

    • If a customer calls ahead for the 3-minute call ahead, but they will be arriving less than the 30 minutes allotted. Do we still add them to the call ahead list?   1 Answer
    • If you have a long list of customers, and you see tables empty but have not been bussed (cleaned) yet, do you leave your stand and go clean it or do you wait for it to be cleaned.   1 Answer

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    Culinary Professional Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Leonardtown, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Darden (Leonardtown, MD) in November 2015.

    Interview

    Clear and concise. They were very straight forward and we discussed employment history. I was given the opportunity to ask any questions about the company and the possibility of relocating in the to five years. I did explain about a pre-existing health condition and we were able to find a place on the company where my skills could be utilized.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do I see myself in this company   1 Answer

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Hostess

StarStarStarStarStar   Former Hostess in Boca Raton, FL

Pros: “Fun working environment and atmosphere. Management was constantly present and involved in working experience, which made it more enjoyable.”“Fun working environment and atmosphere. Management was constantly present and involved in working experience, which made it more enjoyable.” – Full Review

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