How to Ace Your Interview at Noodles

Life @ Noodles
Jun 26, 2017 · 3 min read

Caring…Inspiration…Passion. A lot of philosophical words get thrown around during interviews these days, and it can sometimes seem like one big game of chance. How do you know what to say?

While there is no magic formula, and each interview is different, there are a couple surefire ways to impress the team here at Noodles, whether you’re interviewing to be a team member, manager, or VP of operations.

Here at Noodles, we have four core values:

  1. Passionate about serving great food
  2. Caring for our team members, guests, and communities
  3. Pride in who we are and what we do
  4. Love life

These values are at the core of who we are, and we try to find people who incorporate them into their daily lives. Here are some of the things we look for in potential Noodlers, right from members of the Talent Acquisition Team:

Question 1: What types of character traits do you personally look for in a potential Noodler?

Ali, Regional Recruiter: “I always try to identify people who are charismatic, empathetic, driven, and prepared. These are traits that directly influence someone’s ability to to run a successful restaurant, and connect with our guests.”

Bill, Regional Recruiter: “I look for people who are hard on the standards, but not on the people. I like to hear people get excited about what they do best — whatever that may be.”

Question 2: When you find a candidate that doesn’t exactly meet all of the job’s requirements, but has an excellent attitude, do you normally move them forward?

Ali: “Absolutely. The restaurant business is one of continuous improvement. If someone has the right amount of energy, they can always work their way up.”

Bill: “Yes, in situations when the candidate is a good culture fit for the team. Within reason, of course, but generally I give them the benefit of the doubt.”

Question 3: What amount of knowledge about Noodles & Company do you expect from a candidate?

Ali: “I think it’s reasonable to expect that a candidate has visited us, or done some research about us online. We can’t expect everyone to be an expert but it detracts from the interview if you have to start from the very beginning.”

Bill: “I enjoy interacting with fellow fans of the brand. If someone applies for a job or goes into an interview, I would expect them to understand what makes us different from any other restaurant brand in terms of food, service, or community interaction. We are a special brand and it can be a lot of fun to interact with people who want to come here and really make a difference.”

Just like in any interview, it’s always best to be prepared and on time. Be ready to ask questions, have fun, and be yourself. We look forward to having you join the Noodles team!


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