Olive Garden Job Application Guide
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Olive Garden is a casual dining restaurant chain that specializes in serving Italian-American food. It is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants, which also owns Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse. There are more than 750 Olive Garden restaurants in the world.
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You can search and apply for Olive Garden jobs directly through StartWire. When you apply through us, we'll provide you with automatic application updates. These updates will let you know when your application has been read, and if you're still being considered for the position you've applied for. Apply now
You can also apply for jobs through Olive Garden's hiring website. If you choose to apply this way, don't forget to come back and tell us about it so we can help you keep your job search organized.
The Olive Garden job application process is fairly long, and should take you approximately 45 minutes to complete. Before you start the application, make sure that you will have enough uninterrupted time to work your way through it. For the sake of this application guide, we applied to a line cook job. Though the application is largely the same for all positions, your experience may vary slightly if you're applying for a different position.
Before you can start the application process, you will need register on the Olive Garden hiring site. Registration is easy, and will only take a minute. To create your account, you will need to provide your email address, a password, and an answer to a security question.
The beginning of the application is designed to collect your personal information. You will need to provide your name, address, phone number, email address, education, and work history. Make sure that you provide the correct employment dates for your work history. Inaccurate dates will reflect poorly on you, and can hurt your chances of employment.
You will also have to answer a series of job-related questions that ask about your previous restaurant experience. For example, "Do you have previous full service restaurant experience as a cook/chef?" Just answer these questions honestly -- they're not intended to trick you.
After you complete the questionnaire, you will have the opportunity to upload supporting documents (like your resume and cover letter). If you have your resume and cover letter prepared, you should definitely take advantage of the opportunity to provide them. It can be hard to stand out through a standardized application, and your resume and cover letter are your opportunities to highlight the skills and experiences that have directly prepared you to work at Olive Garden.
After you complete the core of the application process, you will need to take an assessment. The assessment is a series of questions that Olive Garden uses to determine if you would make a good fit for their team. To give you an idea of what to expect, here are a few example questions:
"I sometimes get upset for no apparent reason"
"I accomplish the goals that I set for myself."
"Using my own idea of what success means, I have been successful thus far in my life."
Answer each question honestly, and don't shy away from giving strong answers. Remember, Olive Garden is trying to learn about how you 'definitely' feel and how you would 'definitely' act, not how you 'might' act. Giving neutral or weak answers will not do you many favors.
You should answer each question honestly, but sometimes you may find that you don't really have enough information to say for sure how you would act in a specific case. In those instances, just take a moment to think about what Olive Garden is trying to learn about you by asking the question.
How long does Olive Garden keep applications on file?
Olive Garden keeps all applications on file for 30 days. If you have not heard back after 30 days and would like to remain in their consideration, you will need to submit another application.
If you apply for an Olive Garden job through StartWire, we'll provide you with automatic application updates. These updates will let you know when your application has been read, and if you're still being considered for the job you've applied for. Sign up now
Olive Garden is an equal opportunity employer.
Jobs available at Olive Garden
In Olive Garden restaurants, they are always hiring hosts and hostesses, servers, bartenders, line cooks, preparers, alley coordinators, bussers, dishwashers, and managers. There are also many opportunities available at Olive Garden's corporate headquarters. Check back frequently to learn about new positions as they're announced. Search jobs
Types of people Olive Garden wants to hire
Olive Garden wants to hire hardworking, friendly, and dedicated people to join their team. If you're applying for a position as a host, server, or another position that directly interacts with the public, customer service skills are very important. If you have any previous experience in that area, make sure to highlight that on your application. If you're planning to work in the back of the house, you should emphasize attention to detail, leadership skills, and your work ethic.
You must be at least 16 years old to work at Olive Garden.
Olive Garden is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants. Otis Clarence is the CEO and Chairman of Darden Restaurants, Andrew Madsen is the COO and President, and Brad Richmond is the CFO and SVP.
Darden Restaurants is a publicly traded company (NYSE: DRI). In 2011 they reported $7.5 billion in revenue, $646 million in operating income, $476 million in net income, $5.4 billion in assets, and $1.9 billion in equity.
General Mills opened the first Olive Garden in 1982, and it was immediately successful. Within 7 years there were more than 140 Olive Garden restaurants throughout the United States. General Mills (which also owned Red Lobster) eventually split off their restaurant group and named it Darden Restaurants.
Today, Olive Garden is the largest Italian-American restaurant chain in the United States, with more than 750 locations worldwide.