Chili’s Application

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Printable Chili’s Application

The Chili’s chain of casual dining restaurants began as a single establishment housed in an old post office in the Greenville district of Dallas, Texas in 1975. It’s owner, Larry Levine, created a burger heavy menu and decorated the restaurant in a pseudo Southwestern style that has been the theme of the eatery ever since.

In 1983, Lavine sold the company to Norman E. Brinker, formerly of the Pillsbury restaurant group that owned Bennigan’s. Under his guidance the chain has grown to over 1,000 restaurants in 49 different states (no Alaskan Chili’s yet) as well as franchise based restaurants across Asia, the Middle East and South America. The company recently made its first forays into the European market as well, opening its first restaurants in Germany and Russia.

Who Can Get a Job at Chili’s

A career at Chili’s begins for most people as a member of the ‘Chilihead’ server crew, aka waitstaff. Anyone over the age of 18 (16 in some states) can apply for such a position and usually no formal experience in required for a waitstaff position. As Chili’s is a casual restaurant with a bar type atmosphere there are also positions available for bar staff, but for those jobs the candidate must be over 21 and be able to demonstrate some previous experience as a bartender. Kitchen staff positions are available to those with some experience.

Most of the restaurant management positions at Chili’s are filled from within after a promising team member has completed the corporate approved management course which does mean that becoming an entry level crew member can be a job with great prospects for those with the aptitude and desire.

Completing the Online Chili’s Application the Right Way

Chili’s now falls under the umbrella of parent corporation Brinker, a restaurant management group that also manages the Italian casual dining chain Maggianos. It is via their website that the online Chili’s application is completed (there is a redirection link from the main Chili’s corporate website)

You can search for available positions by zipcode or job description. In order to apply for any opportunity that interests you you will first have to create a jobseekers account. In order to do so you will have to provide an email address. The email address you use will be associated with you throughout the hiring process so do make sure that it is one that is suitable for professional use, rather than a ‘quirky’ one that uses a funny nickname. Such things may make your friends laugh but they will not impress a hiring manager!

The application process using the Chili’s online application is quite a lengthy one and it does include  basic customer service ‘test’ so you should be prepared to devote up to an hour of uninterrupted time to the careful completion of the forms and the test.

When adding information you should be s honest and accurate as possible. If you are considered a viable candidate for a position and are provisionally offered a job you will be asked to consent to background check, a common hiring practice for companies of all different sizes these days. If the information you provide does not match that the background check uncovers it may cost you your job offer!

Interesting Facts About Chili’s You Might Want to Know

  • Chili’s are of course famous for both their baby back ribs and the advertising jingle that goes with them (you know the one we mean) Written by Austin musician Guy Bommarito the song was named one of the the “All Time 10 ad jingles most likely to get stuck in your head” in 2004.
  • The Baby Back Ribs song is not only memorable it has been used a great deal in pop culture. The jingle has popped up on “Will & Grace,” “The Office” and “Scrubs.” Versions of it have been performed by ‘N Sync, boxing champion Evander Holyfield, USA’s Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes, “The Tonight Show” host Jay Leno and of course, by Mike Myers’ ‘Fat Bastard’ in the ‘Austin Powers’ movie ‘The Spy who Shagged Me’.
  • Chili’s are one of the few restaurant chains that feature a veggie burger on their standard menu, and that has been the case since the first Greenville restaurant opened in 1975. The company now offers an extensive vegetarian menu, the first casual dining chain in the US to do so. There is also a menu section for those on a gluten free diet.
  • Chili’s was also ahead of its time when it comes to offering healthier meals for kids. Their Pepper Pal Kids menu is one of the few such offerings that meet the health criteria set out by the National Restaurant Association’s Kids Live Well program almost in its entirety and that has been the case for almost two decades.