Panera Bread was founded in 1981 with the original Au Bon Pain and now has over 1,700 locations from both expansion and acquisitions. Panera has presence in over 40 states and Canada. Known for fresh, healthy ingredients, they have received numerous accolades including North America’s Healthiest Fast Casual Restaurant (Health magazine), Most Popular for Eating on the Go (Zagat), and Best Healthy Option.
As most of Panera’s positions are servers, cooks, hosts and are within the restaurant’s walls, applications and interviews are likely similar to the other generic interviews you’ve experienced before. For corporate positions, you may expect telephone, Skype and in-person interviews before expecting an offer. For the smaller, in-restaurant positions, you can expect a short, in-person interview, typical application process and an offer.