Back in the 90's I struggled to find a career. This is partially to do with a lack of marketable skills, which I later worked to correct. However, at this time I was working on the food service industry. My positions ranged anywhere from dishwasher/bus boy to line cook. During my time in this industry I worked at Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, Ponderosa and a local bar. So, after working at these places, I didn't see there being much of a stretch moving to a "bigger" restaurant.
That said, there was a large Italian food chain opening where I lived, so I decided to apply, seeing as I was without employment at the time. There was nothing unusual here as far as obtaining and filling out an application. Providing I am remembering this correctly, after some time, I was contacted by the location management and an interview was scheduled. My reason for saying this in the way I have, is that I very well could have been interviewed on the spot, I just don't remember the specifics of that portion of the process.
Here is where the experience differed for me verse someone that is more fit than I was at the time. As always, there were the normal introduction type things that happened at the start of the interview, as well as discussions on work experience etc.. After all of this was done, I was asked if I felt that I could keep up with the work in their tight/fast paced kitchen. In my head, this was clearly a commentary on my lack of physical fitness and sheer size. Of course, I felt as though I could, seeing as I'd not long ago cooked in a kitchen, where I manned the operation alone for the night shift.
Obviously, I cannot say that the interviewer refrained from offering me a position due to my size. However, based on some of the questions asked at the time, I would have to say that my size was definitely being taken under consideration.
Either way, I feel that I am better off for not having been given a/the position. I later went to school to study Microsoft Network Administration and subsequently had a few positions that lead me to where I am now, with a world leading network security company. I am not doing too bad for a guy that was once not given a chance to work at Olive Garden.