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Top 30 Chipotle Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
We have some strong competition at Chipotle. What do you think makes us stand out?
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Question 2 of 32
What questions do you have for me?
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"Here are some sample questions:

- 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.
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Question 3 of 32
Are you a leader or a follower?
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"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.

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Question 4 of 32
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.

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Question 5 of 32
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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"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.

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Question 6 of 32
We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
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Question 7 of 32
Have you ever taken the fall for a situation, where it was really not your fault, in order to protect a coworker?
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Question 8 of 32
When have you spoken up for cause, knowing that it would directly look unfavorable on you, because it was the right thing to do?
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Question 9 of 32
How do you respond to problems that require a quick solution?
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Question 10 of 32
When a problem arises, what are your first reactions?
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Question 11 of 32
Tell me about a time when you had to lead a team. What was your biggest success factor?
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Question 12 of 32
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 13 of 32
Do you have reliable transportation?
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Question 14 of 32
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
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Question 15 of 32
Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
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Question 16 of 32
How do you handle stress?
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Question 17 of 32
Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?
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Question 18 of 32
At Chipotle we put a great deal of value on customer service. How would you describe your customer service skills?
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Question 19 of 32
At Chipotle we put a lot of pride in the cleanliness of our restaurants. How important is cleanliness to you?
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Question 20 of 32
At Chipotle we have gained a lot of momentum this year using social media marketing techniques. Do you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter?
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Question 21 of 32
At Chipotle we encourage education and training for our employees. If you could further your education, what path would you choose, and why?
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Question 22 of 32
At Chipotle we offer a strong training program. What aspects of training do you feel you need most?
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Question 23 of 32
What do you know about the workplace culture at Chipotle?
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Question 24 of 32
The casual dining industry is very competitive and turnover can be high. Why do you want to work for Chipotle over any of our competitors?
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Question 25 of 32
How do you manage difficult customers?
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Question 26 of 32
Do you see long term career potential with Chipotle? If so, where would you like to see your position go in the next 2-3 years?
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Question 27 of 32
At Chipotle we handle a lot of cash transactions throughout the day. Do you consider yourself responsible and trustworthy? Give me an example.
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Question 28 of 32
Have you taken any Food Safety courses?
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Question 29 of 32
At Chipotle, our restaurants are open evenings and weekends. What are your preferred shifts? Do you have any limitations to your availability?
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Question 30 of 32
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
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Question 31 of 32
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 32 of 32
What is your favorite item from Chipotle?
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About Chipotle

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.

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