The first Old Chicago restaurant opened in Boulder, Colorado in 1976 by a group of friends who wanted to serve delicious pizza accompanied by the best beers available, while treating every customer like family. Now, there are almost 100 locations in 22 states, and the restaurant is still committed to hard work, an honest approach, and a commitment to quality. (Candidates looking for job opportunities should click the Old Chicago application link below.)
The Old Chicago menu is still centred around its world-class pizza, and has expanded to include pasta, panini, salad, burgers, calzones and appetizers. Each restaurant also carries around 30 varieties of beer on tap, with additional varieties in bottles and cans, ranging from national brands to local craft beers and seasonal specialties. Customers can join the restaurant’s World Beer Tour for free, where they receive credit for each new variety sampled, earning rewards including their own picture and plaque on the wall.
Almost four decades after opening, a lot of things have changed at Old Chicago, but the restaurant is still committed to being the best place to share a world-class pie and great craft beer. Whether for a light lunch, a first date or a little league championship celebration, it is the perfect place for gathering around and sharing big smiles, good times, great beer and made-from-scratch food.
In line with this attitude, the company is a great place to work for friendly and enthusiastic people who thrive in a fast-paced, energetic environment. To find out about jobs with Old Chicago, to find out about requirements and benefits, to read advice on how to apply for jobs at Old Chicago and for information on how to apply for Old Chicago online, please see the links below.
Old Chicago Careers
For instructions on how to apply for Old Chicago online and to fill out the Old Chicago job application online, see the Old Chicago Careers website. (Currently there is no option for any printable application for Old Chicago, a printable application form or a download application form – all applications must be submitted online.)
There are always opportunities at individual Old Chicago locations, including jobs for every level of experience and skill. For information on required education, skills, certifications, and qualifications, please check the direct application for each position individually. Specific questions about any role can be discussed with the manager at your local restaurant location, as well as such information as available benefits, potential shift schedule and job duties.
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Qualified applicants are given equal opportunity and are selected based on job-related factors only. The company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by law.
The company takes great pride in its staff, and employment candidates wishing to join should demonstrate professional friendliness and enthusiasm, as well as dedication and a hard-working attitude. The nature of the restaurant industry also requires that staff be hygienic, capable of following procedures, and able to work as part of a team.
How old do you have to be to work at Old Chicago? The minimum age for Old Chicago jobs is 18 subject to state employment laws depending on store location and the particular responsibilities of the position. Many positions may require handling alcohol and so may have a minimum age requirement, depending on state law.
For all employees, the company offers access to health and dental benefits, as well as the potential for 401(k) retirement plans, paid vacation time, and partial tuition reimbursements. The availability of benefits may depend on hours per week and total months worked but are open to employees of all levels of seniority.
Old Chicago Job Descriptions & Salaries
Server – Servers must be friendly team-players, interacting seamlessly with customers, cooks, and other staff members. The server thrives in a fast-paced environment, multi-tasking by greeting customers, explaining menu and bar items, taking and delivering orders, and processing payments. Speed, efficiency, accuracy and a friendly manner are crucial.
Cook – Cooks must continuously fill customer orders as directed, as well as prepping food supplies, organizing inventory and maintaining kitchen readiness and cleanliness. This role requires long periods of standing, working near high temperatures, and frequent lifting of weights up to 50 lbs.
Shift Manager – The team leader must work with all store employees to maintain and improve restaurant function and performance. Responsibilities include supply and inventory management, employee training, customer complaint mediation, and quality assurance. Familiarity with other position duties is required, as the team leader assists the other team members in daily tasks and problem-solving.
Manager – The manager works together with all team members and with corporate management to ensure that the restaurant follows chain procedures and standards, as well as adapting to changing policies, promotions, and directions. Store hiring, scheduling, and payroll must be coordinated, as well as accounts, orders and distribution, and overall store performance.
Old Chicago Interview Questions
View the link below to apply online. After the free application online has been completed, you may be called for an in-person interview. It is recommended to prepare in advance by practicing your answer to some common interview questions.
Why do you want to work for Old Chicago? Demonstrate enthusiasm for the job you are applying for and be knowledgeable about the job description and the company, as this shows you can go the extra mile.
What is your related experience? Have a copy of your resume at hand and be ready to talk about any work you have done in similar jobs or fields. Every bit of experience you can claim makes you more of an asset to a hiring manager. If you do not have direct industry experience, talk about any skills that relate to your general abilities and potential as an employee.
What is your greatest strength? This question lets you take control of the conversation to sell yourself to the interviewer, but it also tells the interviewer more about your attitude as a person and how you will fit in with the company culture. Be confident about your qualities, but be honest as well.
Can you give an example of a time you had a problem at work? This question seems tricky, but it is not about a problem with you or your work. What the interviewer really wants to know is how you are able to deal with difficult situations and how you problem-solve. Think of an example in advance of a time you faced an obstacle and overcame it responsibly.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Be honest and realistic. Your answer to this question can show whether you are ambitions, open to new challenges, and eager for new tasks and responsibilities.
Advice for Application Process
When you are filling out an online application form with Old Chicago Careers, be sure to read each question carefully and to double check your spelling and grammar. Take the time to make sure that everything is correct, because even small mistakes can indicate to an employer that you are careless about small details or unable to follow directions.
If you are called for an interview, be sure to read up on the company and on the responsibilities of the job by looking at the details on the Old Chicago jobs online site, so that you know what the interviewer is looking for. Try to anticipate interview questions and practice your professional demeanour.
Wear appropriate and sensible clothing to your interview. For service jobs, make sure your clothing is clean and neat, not overly revealing, and suitable for all ages – t-shirts with explicit slogans are not a good idea, for example. For any entry-level or junior management position with a corporate office, stick to business casual clothing. For other management roles, business attire such as modest skirts and tops, and dress shirts and ties, are usually a good idea.
The interview might be short, only 10-20 minutes. Be on-time, be polite, and show a positive attitude. You can ask about salary, job responsibilities, available benefits, opportunities for advancement, and any other concerns you may have.
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