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In that interview, I learned, among other tidbits, that there are thirteen "characteristics" required of Chipotle employees, who now number more than 40,000. One is "infectious enthusiasm." Another is "happy" -- you must be happy. Half-time happy doesn't cut it.
Truth be told, I wouldn't make the cut, but you might have better luck. To find out what other personality traits Ells and his management team look for when they hire crew members, many of whom are long-time employees who have moved up through the ranks, read Ells's provocative interview here.