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    Nov 18, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    Really need this job. There are lots of people applying for it and I got a interview, which is further than most, and I would just like to know any tips I could get. I know the basics dress nice, seem relaxed, confidence, but what else? Any tips are greatly appreciated.
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    Nov 18, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    Ckfeezy saidReally need this job. There are lots of people applying for it and I got a interview, which is further than most, and I would just like to know any tips I could get. I know the basics dress nice, seem relaxed, confidence, but what else? Any tips are greatly appreciated.

    need more deets...

    whats the position?
    full time or part time?

    what company?
    do they require experience?


    If all else fails, smile and pretend to act like u know what you're talking about...and be excited...be excited that u are interviewing for such an amazing company/organization.

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    Nov 18, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    Good point, it's a TGIFriday its a serving postion.
    I have no exp in serving so its going to be tough.
    I do have 1 year exp as a manager at a karate studio and 4 years of retail.
    I'm applying for either full or part time, preferably part time because I'm in college.
    They say they don't require serving exp but it always helps.
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    Nov 18, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    Be friendly it is really important and do ask the questions to the interviewer from time to time. It really helps to be witty trust me but make sure your answers are objective. Always back up your answer. Saying things like I am right for the position because I am confident/smart/hardworking/tenacious etc rarely works. Make your answers more objective by relating the job responsibilities to your work experience and education. Also talk about skills and credentials that you hold which are transferable to this job. Job interview can be harder because it forces you to be articulate under pressure, a gift not everyone is endowed with. Therefore, to make it easier you can prepare certain questions beforehand and do a little company research. Based on the job description, anticipate the questions that s/he may ask you. Think about difficult challenges in your current/previous job that you faced and successfully overcame. Think about the new skills you developed in these positions, think about your education and experience that makes you an ideal candidate for the job and the industry this job is in. Think about other factors that are not mentioned but will help you better perform the duties and there is a lot more that I can add but this should help enough.
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    Nov 18, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    If the interviewer ask questions about your previous employer(s), never talk negative about the company or anyone because that can raise some red flags. Also, make sure you ask questions about the specific duties and responsibilities of this particular role and then follow up with some similar examples of your previous role(s) to make yourself look credible and experienced. You want to definitely show enthusiasm for this company and the role to let them know that you really would love the opportunity to be a part of the organization. Additionally, ALWAYS send out a personal, hand-written "Thank You" letter/card within 24 to 48 hours after the interview instead of an e-mail. Lastly, ask for the job. You worked hard to get the interview so ask for the opportunity to become a valuable asset to the organization. Just try to think of this as a conversation with a new friend you just met. You guys are getting to know a little more about each other...should help you relax a little more. I'm sure you will do great and definitely keep us posted.
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    Nov 18, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    OK, since it's for a server position and u have no experience, it's gonna be tough.

    U know they will ask u what kind of experience do u have in the restaurant industry?
    dont just sit there and say "I dont really have any"

    Say something like "well, I've got numerous years of customer-service experience from working at XYZ" be like "I understand the concept of good customer service and I feel like I could apply those principles here at TGIFridays while serving. I'm a quick learner, I'm also quite flexible in my scheduling and am available weekends"

    talk about how u can help them and how u can do the job, do NOT focus on the fact u have no experience.

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    Nov 18, 2011 5:58 AM GMT
    Ckfeezy saidGood point, it's a TGIFriday its a serving postion.
    I have no exp in serving so its going to be tough.
    I do have 1 year exp as a manager at a karate studio and 4 years of retail.
    I'm applying for either full or part time, preferably part time because I'm in college.
    They say they don't require serving exp but it always helps.


    Why sweat it, it's not like it's gonna be your career. Go read about TGIF and impress the person interviewing you by knowing something about the company. Do they have a Corporate Mission Statement? How many locations do the have in your state and across the country? Let them know how working in retail gave you valuable experience working with the public. Do you know anything about the food service industry? Read about cross contamination, food preperation, and plating. Let them know you researched the job requiements and qualifications. Tell them about you ability to learn fast, and having a great memory..if you do.

    Good Luck
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    Nov 18, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    I went online to read reviews most people gave this place 1 or 2 stars stating service as being bad and lousy food. Let them know you know how to take an order! Drinks first, then go back if they don't know what they want to eat. Go over specials etc. Take their order ( don't get it wrong) and when it is delivered ask if everything looks good, check thier drinks and MOST important go back 2-3 minutes into them eating and ask the magic question "how is everything?" Also tell the guy/girl interviewing that T.I P S. stands for To Insure Prompt Service= TIPS.


    T.G.I. Friday's (often shortened to "Friday's" in most countries, and stylized "FRiDAY'S", or "T.G.I.s" in the United Kingdom) is an American restaurant chain focusing on casual dining. The company is a unit of the Carlson Companies. Its name is taken from the expression TGIF. The company asserts that it stands for "Thank Goodness It's Friday," although as of 2010 some television commercials for the chain have also made use of the alternative phrase, "Thank God It's Friday's."[2] The chain is known for its appearance, with red-striped canopies, brass railings, Tiffany lamps and frequent use of antiques as decor.

    Contents
    1 History
    2 Design
    3 Menu
    3.1 Licensed products
    4 References
    5 External links


    [edit] History
    A TGI Friday's in Manahawkin, New Jersey that opened in 2003 and uses the new design
    A TGI Friday's in Christ Church, Barbados, West Indies.The Friday's restaurant chain was founded by Alan Stillman in 1965. The bachelor perfume salesman lived in a neighborhood with many airline stewardesses, fashion models, secretaries, and other single people on the East Side of Manhattan near the Queensboro Bridge, and hoped that opening a bar would help him meet women. At the time, Stillman's choices for socializing were non-public cocktail parties, or "guys' beer-drinking hangout" bars that women usually did not visit; he recalled that "there was no public place for people between, say, twenty-three to thirty-seven years old, to meet." He sought to recreate the comfortable cocktail-party atmosphere in public despite having no experience in the restaurant business.[3][4]

    With $5,000 of his own money and $5,000 borrowed from his mother,[3] Stillman purchased a bar he often visited, The Good Tavern at the corner of 63rd Street and First Avenue, and renamed it T.G.I. Friday's after the expression "Thank God! It's Friday!" from his years at Bucknell University.[5][6] The new restaurant, which opened on March 15, 1965, served standard American cuisine, bar food, and alcoholic beverages,[4] but emphasized food quality and preparation.[5] The exterior featured a red-and-white striped awning and blue paint, the Gay Nineties interior included fake Tiffany lamps,[4] wooden floors, Bentwood chairs, and striped tablecloths, and the bar area added brass rails and stained glass. The employees were young and wore red-and-white striped soccer shirts,[5] and every time someone had a birthday, the entire restaurant crew came around with a cake and sang Friday's traditional birthday song. The first location closed in 1994,[3] and is a British pub called "Baker Street"; the brass rails are still there.

    Although Malachy McCourt's nearby eponymous bar preceded T.G.I. Friday's[7] and Stillman credited the media for creating the term, he had unintentionally created one of the first singles bars. It benefited from the near-simultaneous availability of the birth-control pill and Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique:[5][3][4]

    I don’t think there was anything else like it at the time. Before T.G.I. Friday’s, four single twenty-five year-old girls were not going out on Friday nights, in public and with each other, to have a good time. They went to people’s apartments for cocktail parties or they might go to a real restaurant for a date or for somebody’s birthday, but they weren’t going out with each other to a bar for a casual dinner and drinks because there was no such place for them to go.[4]
    T.G.I. Friday's was one of the first to use promotions such as ladies' night,[5] and Stillman achieved his hopes of meeting women; "Have you seen the movie Cocktail? Tom Cruise played me!...Why do girls want to date the bartender? To this day, I’m not sure that I get it."[4] He and the restaurant benefited from its location—according to Stillman, 480 stewardesses lived in the apartment building next door[3]—and received publicity in national magazines. T.G.I. Friday's became so popular that it had to install ropes to create an area for those waiting in line, also unusual at the time for a restaurant. A competitor, Maxwell's Plum, opened across the street, and others soon followed.[4]

    With fellow Bucknell graduate Ben Benson,[6] Stillman opened other restaurants, including Thursday's, Wednesday's, Tuesday's, and Ice Cream Sunday's. Franchising of T.G.I. Friday's began in 1971[5] in Memphis, Tennessee[4] in the Overton Square district; that location has since closed. As new locations opened in the suburbs parents brought their children, and the chain changed its focus to casual dining for families. Stillman sold the restaurant chain in the 1970s to the Carlson Companies—although he kept the original location[8]—and, now married, founded Smith & Wollensky in 1977 with Benson.[3][4][6]

    The oldest continually operating Friday's was in Louisville, Kentucky on Linn Station Road. It opened in August 1977 and at the time was the 31st store in operation. However, this location has been closed and shuttered as of May, 2011 without explanation. By the early 1980s the chain had grown to 100 stores and issued an Initial Public Offering in 1983, but faced growing competition and declining sales in the mid-1980s. After T.G.I. Friday's financial performance improved, the company became privately held again in 1989.[5]

    Friday's has also been used as a restaurant for hotels run by Country Inns & Suites by Carlson brand. The largest Friday's franchisee is The Briad Group with about 70 locations in the United States.[9] A notable international franchisee was Whitbread PLC, the owner of TGI Friday's UK. Up until 2007, it had 45 locations in the UK. On January 17, 2007, Whitbread sold operating rights of all 45 restaurants back to TGI Friday's UK Limited (a consortium consisting of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc. and ABN Amro Capital) thus exiting a partnership formed in 1986.[10]

    A brand extension, which features the Friday's concept combined with the atmosphere of a sports bar and is called Friday's Front Row Sports Grill, is found at three Major League Baseball stadiums which each overlook the playing field; Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, Milwaukee's Miller Park, and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas, along with a stand-alone restaurant in Orlando, Florida.

    Historically, the chain's highest grossing location is at Haymarket Leicester Square, which opened in 1992 in Central London. The Haymarket branch is also regarded as the 'most popular' branch as well as being financially most successful. In October 2009, Haymarket broke the world record for biggest profit made in any week, throughout T.G.I Friday's history, and has also been home to several past winners from the bartenders competition.[11]

    [edit] Design
    TGI Friday's in Goodlettsville, TennesseeThe newer T.G.I. Friday's franchises (as well as redesigned restaurants) are more contemporary, with wallpaper, granite exteriors, and red-and-white striped lamps instead of Tiffany. The exteriors have stucco, the entrance doors have "F" shaped handles, and a metal cup above the door has a stripe saying "In Here, It's always Friday". Most Friday's have a propeller and a rowing scull on display as part of their antiques, which are actually a part of a story told to all Friday's employees; the scull always contains a pair of saddle shoes and a bottle of champagne to remind employees of the value of teamwork, leadership, and celebratin
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    Nov 18, 2011 6:10 AM GMT
    Import saidOK, since it's for a server position and u have no experience, it's gonna be tough.

    U know they will ask u what kind of experience do u have in the restaurant industry?
    dont just sit there and say "I dont really have any"

    Say something like "well, I've got numerous years of customer-service experience from working at XYZ" be like "I understand the concept of good customer service and I feel like I could apply those principles here at TGIFridays while serving. I'm a quick learner, I'm also quite flexible in my scheduling and am available weekends"

    talk about how u can help them and how u can do the job, do NOT focus on the fact u have no experience.



    Agree. Whenever you have to acknowledge that you have had no experience in xxx, do so quickly, and then move on to talk about your attitude - how you are willing to learn, quick to pick up new skills, open-minded and love to work with others and learn from them, etc etc. Try to bring out your compensating qualities whenever there is a death of experience. Also, package whatever experiences you've had in a professional and desirable manner.
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    Nov 18, 2011 6:27 AM GMT
    Remenber what George Carlin the comedian said... If you're on an interview and it's going really bad just look at the picture of the woman on the guys desk and say "hey who's the cu_t?" icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    You're not getting the job anyway and that guy will NEVER forget you! icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 18, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    Awesome advice everyone I really really do appreciate all the help. I shall keep you all posted tomorrow evening. Thanks again.
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    Nov 19, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
    This morning I got my brother to interview me with questions that they might ask me as practice. So I went in today dressed nice, confident, listened to some upbeat music to get pumped up I felt great and I was ready. I met with the manager and the way the interview went was very simple we talked as if I already got the job from the beginning. We went through my background and she was impressed and never even mentioned the fact I have no serving background. We made jokes back and fourth and then she told me to come in Tuesday for the drug test, so I guess that means I got it. icon_smile.gif I'm really excited and thank you everyone for the tips!
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    Nov 19, 2011 9:24 AM GMT
    YEAH!!!! You got it or they wouldn't get you tested- see nothing to worry about. That is unless Obama is elected again the we're all fucked!icon_idea.gif
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    Nov 19, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    Wow congrats!! Happy for ya. Better find a way to purge your system of the drugs before Tue, though.
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    Nov 19, 2011 2:20 PM GMT
    Eye contacts and smile a lot. Be yourself.

    Good luck you're gonna rock it and you'll get the job offer!
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    Nov 20, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    good job dude congrats!

    if u wanna make extra money, be sure to pocket the money intended to pay for the meals, and write down people credit card numbers.
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    Nov 20, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    Import saidgood job dude congrats!

    if u wanna make extra money, be sure to pocket the money intended to pay for the meals, and write down people credit card numbers.


    Such a good idea icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 20, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    Ckfeezy saidThis morning I got my brother to interview me with questions that they might ask me as practice. So I went in today dressed nice, confident, listened to some upbeat music to get pumped up I felt great and I was ready. I met with the manager and the way the interview went was very simple we talked as if I already got the job from the beginning. We went through my background and she was impressed and never even mentioned the fact I have no serving background. We made jokes back and fourth and then she told me to come in Tuesday for the drug test, so I guess that means I got it. icon_smile.gif I'm really excited and thank you everyone for the tips!




    Laughing and joking already and it was only the interview. I think she likes her gays and you are going to be her new pet.


    Congratulations on the job.icon_smile.gif