Chipotle's going on a hiring binge - here's what you could be asked in a job interview

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The burrito chain saw sales rise 27% last year.

Chipotle isn't just one of America's favorite burrito joints.

With free food during break time and plenty of opportunities to move up (the company says it promoted more than 10,000 of its employees into management roles over the last year), its people seem to think the company is a pretty decent place to work, too.

Those looking for an in will be happy to hear, then, that the fast-casual giant is going on a hiring spree, with plans to hire 4,000 employees with open interviews at every one of its locations during its National Career Day on September 9.

If you're interested in working the line, it'll be good to know about what the company internally calls the "Four Pillars Of Great Throughput," the elaborate assembly line that manages more than 350 transactions in a single hour during lunch time.

Another insider tip: The company says it looks for a very specific set of 13 qualities in its new hires - candidates must be conscientious, smart, polite, motivated, ambitious, curious, honest, respectful, hospitable, high-energy, infectiously enthusiastic, happy, and presentable.

If that describes you to a T, then your next step is to prepare for your Career Day interview by reviewing some questions previously asked of Chipotle job candidates, according to reviews of the company on Glassdoor:

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"Do you like to party?" —Manager in training candidate

"Do you like to party?" —Manager in training candidate

"How much do you usually eat here?" —Crew member candidate

"How much do you usually eat here?" —Crew member candidate

"What color is your brain?" —Crew member candidate

"What color is your brain?" —Crew member candidate

"Why shouldn't we hire you?"—Cashier candidate

"Why shouldn't we hire you?"—Cashier candidate

"What do you do in your free time?" —Cashier candidate

"What do you do in your free time?" —Cashier candidate

"If you met someone who had never heard of Chipotle, how would you describe it?" —Field marketing strategist

"If you met someone who had never heard of Chipotle, how would you describe it?" —Field marketing strategist

"What's the nicest thing you have ever done for a person?" —Crew member interview

"What's the nicest thing you have ever done for a person?" —Crew member interview

"What's one of your passions?" —Crew member candidate

"What's one of your passions?" —Crew member candidate

"Do you know the founder of Chipotle's name?" —Crew member candidate

"Do you know the founder of Chipotle's name?" —Crew member candidate

"Do you know what food with integrity means?" —Crew member candidate

"Do you know what food with integrity means?" —Crew member candidate

"Name something you think you won't like about Chipotle if you do get hired." —Crew member candidate

"Name something you think you won't like about Chipotle if you do get hired." —Crew member candidate

"What was the worst day of your life?" —Apprentice manager candidate

"What was the worst day of your life?" —Apprentice manager candidate

"If you could be any animal what would you be and why?" —Crew member candidate

"If you could be any animal what would you be and why?" —Crew member candidate

"In your opinion, what is the difference between a job and a career?" —Crew member candidate

"In your opinion, what is the difference between a job and a career?" —Crew member candidate

"What does your diet consist of?" —Assistant manager candidate

"What does your diet consist of?" —Assistant manager candidate

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