Chili's Interview Questions

Updated 21 Oct 2014
Updated 21 Oct 2014
139 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Chili's.

    Interview Details

    Probably the easiest interview I've ever done. She asked me simple questions like "What hours I can work?" and "What are you majoring in at school?" If I could go back I'd probably keep the answers short and sweet. I think I hurt myself by rambling on too much, and I didn't really talk about how I could apply the things I learned at my current job to a job as a server.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    To-Go Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Chili's in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was a restaraunt opening, so not very hard to get the job. Applied as a host, walked in twenty minutes later. The manager went and printed off my application and sat me down for an interview on the spot. He said he was full on hosts but really wanted to hire me as a Togo specialist and he signed me up for orientation.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Host Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Chili's in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    I saw an ad on an online job board so I decided to apply. Got a call a few hours later asking for an interview a few days later. They asked me typical customer service questions, nothing too hard at all. Asked me when could I start, what I want as far as pay. Got hired that same day, started working the next.

    Interview Questions
    • Weren't any particularly hard questions, especially if you have experience in customer service   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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  5.  

    Chili's Server Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waukegan, IL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Waukegan, IL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Chili's in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Okay so I was jumping for joy when I was called in for a job interview. I had very very low working experience (about 2 months in Food Service at Six Flags.) So I thought this was my big chance. I was interviewed at Chili's (arrived 10 minutes early) and two people came out. They said that they typically do a double interview process and that having the both of them interview me at the same time would be lot quicker. At first I thought it was a bit over whelming abut they were very funny and cool. I applied for Server, but I was 17 at the time so they told me to work in the Delivery to-go instead but I said I was turning 18 in about three days. And we shared a laugh. The way they were talking to me was initiating that I was going to work there. He even said "we'll call you in for orientation in about a week." I was soo happy.

    A few days later the dreaded e-mail came. It said that they are regretting me for the job position- ON MY BIRTHDAY. I thought this was strange and called the place and the manger said that they need someone to work 40+ hours and because I can only wok on the weekends (I'm still in high school) I wouldn't be able to work there. I was devastated. I just told everyone EVERYONE that I had gotten the job.I now i have to explain that I didn't. I thought it was rather unprofessional of them to lead me one. I understand that they thought that because they were under staffed that I was ultimately going to work there but still very upsetting. Oh well, it's a good thing I applied to two chili's in my area and just yesterday got an e-mail to schedule an interview, so wish me luck.

    Interview Questions
    • It was mostly them talking, they seem to have already knew that I would be working there.
      What have you learned in your previous working experience (for me it was Six Flags)
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Dishwasher Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed 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
  9.  

    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 daysinterviewed 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
  10.  

    Back of House Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed 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
  11.  

    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+ weeksinterviewed 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

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 Former Server/Bartender in Garland, TX (US)

Pros: “Corporate ran things pretty smoothly, menu doesn't change too much, people know what to expect when dining there. Laid back work atmosphere, uniforms easy to wear (not restricting, no dry…” Full Review

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