- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part about working here?
- What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?"
Don't let this question catch you by surprise! After you do your research on the company, write down some questions that came up for you. Next, review the company website, watch videos and read articles and press releases to see if any of those questions can be answered through those resources. Interviewers love to hear intelligent questions about their company culture, the work environment, awards and community involvement. They like to be praised for the ways you are impressed by their innovation, reputation, and impact on their industry. Be strategic in your questions. If you still have uncertainties about the position that need to be clarified, this is an opportunity to get those answers as well.
"It depends on the situation. I am good at listening and following directions, but I am also great with people and working as a team to solve problems. I would say I have qualities of both, and I know I would rise to the occasion if given a leadership opportunity."
"I can be a follower when necessary; however, I am naturally a leader at heart. I like to mentor others and am a good example to new employees."
For Chipotle, there may not be a right or wrong answer to this question. If they ask this interview question, it may just be them trying to get to know you better. Answer honestly, so they know the candidate they are interviewing. A good leader takes initiative, listens and communicates well with others. A good follower is good at following directions and working hard to accomplish tasks. Both have great qualities. Depending on the role, it may be more important for you to instigate solving problems and creating innovative solutions, or it may be more important to get the work done. Share some of your strengths to show you have qualities in both categories.
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."
"My verbal communication skills are strong; however, I would say that my written communication skills are not as strong. I simply don't have the experience when it comes to email communication, for example. For this reason, I would rate my communication skills as a 7/10."
Being able to communicate is crucial at Chipotle. If you have ever been in line ordering a burrito, you'll often hear the employees communicating back to the kitchen on their current food levels. If there isn't proper communication between the line workers and the kitchen, it's likely they will run out of food items and lose sales. When answering a question about communication, be confident in your answer. Be sure to say you have strong communication skills. When answering this particular question, keep your answer above a 7.
"Sometimes full disclosure can damage someone's self esteem, and reality isn't always best expressed in full and can be self-indulgent based on the person's intention. In those instances, honesty isn't always the best policy."
"I was raised to always be honest so yes - I do believe that honesty is the best policy. It's best to be honest and tell the truth whenever possible."
Is honesty always the best policy? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. is a chain of restaurants in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France, specializing in burritos and tacos. Its name derives from chipotle, the Mexican Spanish name for a smoked and dried jalapeno chili pepper.
The company has released a mission statement called Food with Integrity, which highlights its efforts in using organic ingredients, and serves more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant chain. Chipotle is one of the first chains of fast casual dining establishments.
With more than 1600 locations, Chipotle had a net income in 2013 of US$327.4 million and a staff of more than 45,000 employees.