Applebee's is the largest global casual-dining chain. It is owned by the company dineEquity. Whether you want a career in management, you want to learn more about the restaurant industry to become an auditor or accountant down the road, or you want a well-paying job with coworkers who are like family, Applebee's is a great place to work.  

Many 16-year-olds get their first jobs at restaurants. Whether you have never had an interview before or you have had several successful interviews throughout your career, to maximize your chances of success, there are always things you can learn specific to a company and its interview style. Today we will discuss the Applebee's interview requirements, the level of difficulty of the interview questions and everything you need to know to ace your interview. 

What Are Applebee's Interview Requirements?

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To qualify for an in-person interview with Applebee's, you may need certain education requirements such as a Bachelor's degree for a management position. If you will be in a front-of-house position, you need a sunny disposition. Such positions include bartender, hostess and server. Your interview will be conducted by the front-end manager. If you are applying for positions such as cook, chef or dishwasher, the kitchen manager will interview you. To get an interview, you need to pass a personality assessment.

Be honest. If you lie to get the interview, you will find the work environment is probably not for you. If applying for an entry-level position, wear business casual clothes. This means nice dark pants and a button-up top. If the hiring manager tells you specifically to wear casual clothes to the interview, wear black or dark blue jeans and a nice sweater or other top. To apply for a management position, wear dark pants or a skirt with a blouse and blazer.


Depending on the position you apply for, you may be hired on the spot after your interview or the interview process could take one to seven days. If you are not hired on the spot, ask the hiring manager when you can expect to hear back. If you have not heard back by the time or date, call the restaurant when they will not be busy such as between 10 and 11am or between 2 and 3pm. It is best practice to always send a thank-you e-mail to every manager involved in your interview process. Thank your interviewer for his or her time meeting with you. Bring up a point you two had in common which was mentioned during the interview. Reiterate your interest in the position. 

Are Applebee's Interview Questions Difficult?

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Applebee's interview questions are easy if you prepare well for the interview. Today, we discuss the most frequently asked questions in the interview process.

Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years? 

Why Work for Applebee's? 

What Do You Know about the Company? 

Why Should We Hire You? 

Tell Me about Yourself

What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?

Management Questions

A Quick Guide To An Applebee's Interview

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Applebee's interviews will vary depending on if you walk in to apply or apply online. Other factors affecting the interview experience include how busy the restaurant is, the position you are applying for and how desperately they need employees. If you apply online, expect a phone call from human resources to schedule a phone interview. This screening will probably take only 15 minutes. If you are applying for a restaurant manager, expect to shadow the current restaurant manager as part of your interview process.

Group Interview

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Applebee's is a great place to work due to the great management. Interviews are easy if you prepare. To get a job there, dress professionally, research the company and let your personality shine. If you are presented with a group interview, smile and nod as your co-interviewees are speaking. Let them answer questions first, so you do not seem like you need the spotlight constantly. Build on their answers to prove you pay attention well.

 Interviews for entry-level positions may end with you being hired on the spot. For manager-level positions, your interview process will include a phone screen, in-person interview and job shadow during a dinner service.
It is always best practice to send out a thank you e-mail to everyone involved in your interview process. If you do not hear back after the interviewer said you would, call outside of peak hours such as at 10am or 2pm to follow up. To apply for an entry-level position, wear business casual clothes. To apply for a management position, wear business professional clothes. Remember, be yourself and let your personality shine. If you are friendly and polite, you will probably land the job.