Chili's Interview Questions

Updated Sep 11, 2014
Updated Sep 11, 2014
130 Interview Reviews

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    Server/Waiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  League City, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in League City, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Chili's in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    You interview with a manager during the slow hours(typically 2-4pm), from there you are invited to a training seminar. You meet at a restaurant location central to the surrounding locations early, before they open. You fill out paperwork, watch some training videos, and hopefully be invited back to the restaurant you initially applied to. From there you have 6-7 days of training focused on different groupings of food and learning how to juggle tables. You are tested daily on you food and typically presented with a couple of those meals you get to feast on. If you pass, you stay. Work your butt off and you can make money no problem.

    Interview Questions
    • testing over the salads is difficult. A lot of different items and you have to be very specific.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Prep Cook Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Mesa, AZ (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mesa, AZ (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Chili's in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Application was online and included a personality test. This generated a generic email response saying that I looked like a good fit for the position and requesting that I schedule an interview. The interview was in the afternoon with a front-of-the-house manager (the kitchen manager wasn't available) and consisted entirely of behavior based questions, i.e., the kind where the interviewer says something like "tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a supervisor and how you resolved it". On some of the questions, I couldn't think of the requested example, which is why I'm not very good with this type of interview. About a day later, the manager called to tell me I hadn't gotten the job. A week or two later, however, another manager called to ask if I was still available, but I wasn't.

    Interview Questions
    • All behavior based questions, nothing related specifically to the job for which I applied.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Chili's Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Chili's.

    Interview Details

    Very easy just answer all the questions the chili's way.

    Negotiation Details
    Don't take less than you are worth. This is a wonderful company that will pay you well.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  King of Prussia, PA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in King of Prussia, PA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Chili's in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had 1 interview with the GM, then a group orientation after being hired that discussed all the details of the job and signed all the paper work.

    Interview Questions
    • My interview was simple and the manager just told me what the job entitled and asked me if I was interested in becoming a server after awhile.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Back of House Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Chili's in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received an email almost immediately to come for an interview. When i showed up for the scheduled interview, they notified the manager that i was there, it took them nearly 20 minutes to meet me, even though the place was not busy (only a few patrons on the premises. When he showed up he gave no excuse as to why it took him so long. Once we started talking things changed, he was very professional and very attentive, asked questions about future goals and past experience. Asked about how my experience could help on a job like this. How i learned best, among other job related questions. Then he proceeded to tell me more about the company, how things work and their statement. He said there was a second interview with the general manager and normally would have to discuss it with him. However he decided to schedule it on the spot. The next appointment was a few days later, it was more informal, the general manager asked a few more personal questions, and availability questions, then he went on to talk about wages and stuff. Said he would meet with the rest of the management team and discuss my application. I received a call later that day with an offer. It was a very professional process in my opinion, despite the tardiness

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Food Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  University of South Florida, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in University of South Florida, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Chili's in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    It took forever for my to get in for an actual interview as it was always hard to get a hold of a manager. I waited an hour after my scheduled interview time to actually be interviewed, then they were too busy and had to reschedule. Eventually I went in earlier and was finally able to be interviewed.

    Negotiation Details
    We only negotiated my schedule.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Chili's in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Dropped off my resume and met with a manager immediately, received a call in the next few days offering me the job.

    Interview Questions
    • What restaurant experience do you have? I didn't have any.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Whittier, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Whittier, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person - interviewed at Chili's in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Really simple just asked about past work experience and what you think you can contribute to their team

    Interview Questions
    • none just make sure to review past work history so you don't get nervous and blank out   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Really easy had an on the spot interview with the next upper manager which pretty much meant I got the job
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Food Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Greenville, NC (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Greenville, NC (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Chili's in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Online app. Long and tedious + super annoying "personality" test. 2 interviews about a week apart. Standard easy interview questions. Was told I had the job contigent of if the staff liked me after an "on the job experience" which was me following around a staff member for an hour. It was easy just walking around, but a little awkward as I always felt in the way of people actually working and the customers were like "who is this and why are they here" but the staff member would explain and most would have a friendly talk with me. The staff I met all talked with me about past experience and before I left said I would work great with the team. Took about a week to hear back from the manager. First interview was mostly the manager talking about the company and how their location runs. Only 1 or 2 questions that were more of a conversation and less "q&a" second interview was traditional interview with a different manager and a sheet with a list of questions.

    Interview Questions
    • None. All were typical "tell me of time" or "what would you do of" questions regarding customer service and I happened to have sales and server experience so I used times from those and had a few "not on the sheet" questions about those positions   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Took a job elsewhere right before they gave me an offer.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Chili's.

    Interview Details

    February 2014 I interviewed with Chili's. The first interview took about an hour before anyone came to start the actual interview. After the manager greeted me it was pretty laid back and informal. He told me I would need to come back for a second interview to meet with another manager. I waited again about 45 mins before the interview started. The second manager was very friendly.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

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