Chili's Interview Questions

Updated 26 Sep 2014
Updated 26 Sep 2014
134 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied to the position twice. Once through their website and again through craig's list. The craig's list account was the one that got me the interview. It was a semi casual interview in the dining room of one of the restaurants. Everyone was prompt and professional. They talk alot about their culture, and how important finding the right person for the job. They were very out going and talkative. Conversation flowed easily from question to question. They truly want to get to know you as a person, not just what you can bring to the team, but really making sure the fit is right.

    Interview Questions
    • The "Tell me a time when" questions are always the hardest. They wanted to know a time when I failed at work, how I handled it and what I leared from the experience.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Chili's gave me a generous offer right out of college and there was not much negotiation. They asked me what I wanted to make and they gave me it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview process took 20 minutes and I started with training the next day.

    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    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
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    Restaurant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Anchorage, AK (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Anchorage, AK (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Chili's in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    The in-person interview started with interviewer giving background on Company, management team and long term goals. Then was asked if this sounds like a good
    opportunity, with my positive answer was then asked a series of job related questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were not just centered on job functions but how I like to be treated as an employee and what type of work place culture I expected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Prep Cook Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Chili's in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was very easy. Asked basic questions about HCCP. What to wear. Talked a lot about how you would have to do over time. Asked how long it should take to close down your station

    Negotiation Details
    They hired me on the spot. First said I would be making $9 an hour. Then once hired they only payed $8.00
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Dishwasher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Morrow, GA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Morrow, GA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Chili's in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Filled out application online, next day got email for interview. Went in on Monday to talk to back of house manager. He was a real funny guy and I was instantly relaxed. He asked pretty simple questions like why would I want to work for Chili's, why would I want to work back of house than front of house, etc. He smiled at my responses and told me my next interview was in two days. Went in and signed papers and set up my schedule.

    Interview Questions
    • really was none, just be honest and genuine with your answers.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    He asked what I would prefer. I told him $8/hr, he then offered me 8.60/hr, with a promise of getting 9.50/hr in a year.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    process was drawn out, verification is a joke, they didn't check anything at all, so heads up if ya got felonies, this is your shot!

    Negotiation Details
    it was BS, they stated a range of mid to upper 40's then offered 45...with over 8 years of experience and 2 degrees... I asked for more, they gave me a grand.
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Food Server Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Application (now online) and then In-Person Interview with personality test.

    Interview Questions
    • You are required to take a long multiple choice test to assess your personality. You basically only pass if you answer it how they want it to be answered.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Dishwasher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tampa, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Chili's in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    my sister worked there for 2 years. gave in a good word when the position opened. told me to call hiring manager. he asked about work experience and availability and set up an interview next day with the head of the kitchen operations. went in, waited for 10 minutes, he came out. very laid back and casual. asked pretty much same questions as well as how long i expected to stay (he even said he understands chilis isn't one of someone's life career), and just stressed the fast paced, active duties. asked if i could start training tomorrow

    Interview Questions
    • work experience, as this was my first "real job" besides odd-n-end weekend jobs   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    he asked my opinion on salary, i told him what i chose on the application (8/hr) which is the around the starting. he willingly gave me 9.50/hr instead and said 10/hr after ~45 days
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Hostess Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied online then received an email from Brinker to schedule an interview online. I scheduled it for that Monday, went in and there was someone else waiting to be interviewed. After that interview was over I was interviewed by one of the Front of the House Managers. Mostly asked about my availability then said she liked me and invited me to a second interview with another manager. I went to that interview, the manager was not prepared to interview me and did not like the fact that I had a bachelors degree. Was told that there were more interviews being held and that they would call me if I was selected. No call.

    Interview Questions
    • Why chili's? Would you give notice to quit if you got a job with your degree?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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