Burger King has more than 7,000 locations, and each location has its own hiring personnel; because every interviewer is different, each one is bound to inject a bit of their own personality and preferences into the screening. Likewise, questions vary based on the position for which you're applying. Despite the variety, reports from past and present BK employees indicate generally direct questions about availability, experience, character traits and career aspirations.
In-restaurant positions at Burger King include behind-the-counter team members, shift coordinators, assistant managers and restaurant general managers. At the interview, potential candidates for positions such as these must expand on the basic info included on the job application. The interviewer may ask you to elaborate on the details of your availability or expand on your duties at past jobs, especially to inquire about prior customer service or fast food experience. Because of the fast pace of fast food, some interviewees at Glassdoor.com report being asked how they would respond to being called in on an off-day. Similarly, questions can delve into your living circumstances, such as your distance from the franchise location or your means of transportation.
Your Burger King interviewer may inquire about your career aspirations -- as the chain typically hires year-round, this question provides insight into your ambitions and the possibility of moving up the job ladder. In some instances, the interviewer may specifically inquire about your five-year outlook for employment plans. Of course, interviewers are free to put their own spin on questions. Previous BK team members report more idiosyncratic questions such as “If you had a million dollars, how would you invest it?” or, for managerial positions, “How would you gauge the success of an in-store promotion?” As many areas have multiple Burger King locations, the hiring staff may ask if you'd be comfortable performing managerial tasks such as inventory reports at nearby restaurants.
Burger King interviewers sometimes frame the personality portion of the interview in a professional context. For instance, an interviewer might ask what aspects of your personality are likely to make you an effective BK employee. Interviewers often emphasize teamwork, posing questions about your ability to work as a team player. Outside of teamwork, the classic, “What makes you want to work here?” query sometimes appears, as well. Because this large corporation employs a wide age range, hiring personnel may ask if you're comfortable with a cross-generational staff. Cashiers in particular sometimes face morality questions, such as "How do you conduct yourself when you realize you've done something wrong?"
More to Consider
Via interviews conducted by job-applications.com, some former Burger King team members report being hired in a follow-up call after dropping off a paper application or applying online, with no face-to-face interview, while others report being interviewed on site immediately upon returning an application. Interview questions for franchise owner applicants differ significantly from those posed to aspiring crew members; these questions focus on business leadership and ownership experience, restaurant development experience, entrepreneurial drive and interest in developing markets.
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