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Top 25 Applebees Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
What do you feel is the most important characteristic in order to be successful with Applebees?
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Question 2 of 28
There are many job options for you in this industry. Why do you specifically want to work with Applebees?
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"I am careful to be employed with a company that holds a strong industry reputation. I'd like to work for Applebees because your training programs are above the industry standard and you have a reputation for treating your employees very well."
"I especially want to work for Applebees because I have friends who have worked here before with really positive feedback on their experiences. I am looking for a positive work environment where I can stay for a long time to come."
With many options in the industry for employment, why do you want to work for Applebees? Talk to the interviewer about your preference for their company.
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Question 3 of 28
In our industry you will come across some difficult customers. How do you handle an upset customer?
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"I have spent many years working in the restaurant, hotel, and other customer service based industries. I do not take it personally anymore when a customer is rude or difficult. I will do my best to make them happy but I fully understand that you cannot appease everyone."
"I handle an upset customer with utmost care! I listen, and do my best to help fix whatever issue they feel is upsetting them."
Are you able to brush it off when a customer is rude to you, or do you take it personally? Assure the interviewer that you are able to keep professional composure when it comes to rude or difficult customers.
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Question 4 of 28
As an employee with Applebees you will be required to handle cash and other types of customer transactions. Do you consider yourself a trustworthy and honest person?
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"One of my greatest strengths as an employee is my level of honesty and trustworthiness. I have multiple references who will attest to the fact that I am very capable and honest. I have experience handling large amounts of cash and have never had a discrepancy."
"Absolutely, I see myself and trustworthy and honest! My integrity has never been questioned and my most recent supervisor will be happy to give you a solid reference in regard to my reliability and transparent approach in the workplace."
Can you be trusted with company money, and/or company product? Draw on the strength of your references and assure the interviewer that you are a trustworthy and honest employee.
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Question 5 of 28
Have you received any formal industry training in your previous roles?
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"With Company ABC and Company XYZ I received 2 week in-house training which included topics on best-practices, health and safety, and up-selling. They were very helpful training programs. Can you tell me a bit more about your training program here at Applebees?"
"I am new to the workforce and have not experienced a lot in the way of industry training. I do have my food safety certificate and look forward to gaining even more training through this role with Applebees."
Many restaurant, hotel, and leisure based companies will have an internal employee training program. Talk to the interviewer about any specialized training you have received in your career.
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Question 6 of 28
At Applebees we value our customers and always put them first. Do you agree with the phrase "The customer is always right"?
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Question 7 of 28
Do you have any food safety training or health and safety related certifications?
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Question 8 of 28
This position requires you to work around children. Is there any reason why you would not agree to a full criminal background check?
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Question 9 of 28
Some positions with Applebees require you to be available on weekends, evenings, and holidays. Is there anything in your schedule preventing you from being available?
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Question 10 of 28
At Applebees we focus on hiring individuals who want to grow with us. Where do you see yourself in the next 2-5 years?
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Question 11 of 28
At Applebees we put a lot of focus on grooming our star players into leadership roles. Do you have any interest in a management role with us down the road?
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Question 12 of 28
At Applebees we invest a lot of time into our loss prevention program. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
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Question 13 of 28
Are you of legal age to serve alcoholic beverages to our patrons?
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Question 14 of 28
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 15 of 28
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 16 of 28
Why did you leave your last job?
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Question 17 of 28
Do you consider yourself a team player?
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Question 18 of 28
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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Question 19 of 28
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 20 of 28
Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
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Question 21 of 28
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
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Question 22 of 28
Do you have reliable transportation?
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Question 23 of 28
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
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Question 24 of 28
How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 25 of 28
Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
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Question 26 of 28
If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?
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Question 27 of 28
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
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Question 28 of 28
Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
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About Applebees

Applebee's Services makes sure that even far-flung suburbs can have a neighborhood bar. The company operates the largest casual-dining chain with about 2,000 of its signature Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations across the US and in almost 20 other countries. Its eateries are primarily freestanding units and sport interiors festooned with local memorabilia to give each location an indigenous feel. The menu features beef, chicken, and pork items, as well as burgers, pasta, and seafood. The chain is known for its selection of appetizers. About 400 locations are company-owned, while the rest are franchised. Applebee's is owned by casual and family dining operator DineEquity.

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