14 Barback Interview Questions with 100+ User Answer Examples
Why do you need this job?
- Great opportunity with room for advancement within a stable company.
- Well, I need this job to gain knowledge and experience in this field. In hopes to eventually be a bartender myself.
- I need a fast pace, job where I'm engaged and come home tired.
- I am looking for a job that can provide me a decent salary for a college student, and would one day like to become a bartender.
- Because I would love to transition working into night life and what better place to do it than somewhere where I can identify with that has possibility of growth?
If you are currently a barback, why are you leaving your bar?
- I am not currently a barback. But I am signed with a staffing agency that has provided me with barback work.
- I didn't work in a bar before.
- I am not a barback at the moment.
- I am not currently not a barback, but I have done numerous types of jobs, and barback would be a great experience for me. I love trying new things.
- I'm currently interested in getting back into hospitality because I like to interact with people.
Are you an honest person? Would you try giving out a few beers to your friends?
- I am an honest person. And wouldn't take liberties upon myself that would jeopardize the goodwill my superiors have placed in me.
- I am a completely honest person. And as far as just giving out a few beers to people, I would never just give something to someone if its not coming out of my own pocket.
- No, I wouldn't risk my job or the sake of the bar for a couple of underage friends.
- As long as they are of age and have the money to pay for the drinks.
- Yes I'm honest and no, everyone needs to pay. We have a business to run.
Have you been to this bar before?
- Yes and enjoy I the establishment immensely.
- I have been and always has fond memories here.
- No I haven't been here. Several of my friends love this place and do want to bring me here.
- Yes, a few times. Sometimes I run into old friends here which is always fun.
- No I have not but I've researched you guys and you had really great reviews.
Do you enjoy working in a bar atmosphere? What do you like about it?
- The stimulus and activity is what I enjoy the most. Being in an active environment motivates my work ethic. People are having a good time which fosters cheerful among the staff and patrons.
- I like the energy, the music, the people and it just gives off this vibe that makes me want to stay here.
- The constant action and general vibe is great.
- I think I would love working behind the bar, due to the fact that the job seem like it is fast paced and I will be on the move constantly.
- I love fast paced environment like this. Time flies by and when it's jamming/busy it's exciting and fun to work quickly with the busy flow.
Why do you want to be a barback?
- It is a way for me to get my head out of the books. Working in the nightlight scene is a good change of pace for me.
- Eager to learn more and gain more applicable experience that could translate into a bartender position.
- To gain the experience, and become 100% comfortable in the club environment. Ultimately my goal would be to be taught to bartend.
- I want to be a barback because being a barback gives us a chance to learn about the bar and getting a chance to see how bartenders interact with the customers and watching and learning the different styles of bar tending.
- Because I have bartended before and I loved it. I have not kept up on all the new drinks so this was the best way to go.
What do you like most about being a barback?
- Like I said before, the fast paced environment during busy nights and being responsible for keeping an easy flow going on in the bar by making sure everything is as it needs to br.
- I have to constantly be moving and and working and making sure everything is where it should be. And I find satisfaction and take pride in the work itself.
- The atmosphere and the type of work.
- The satisfaction of working with the bartender. When the bartender is able to focus on serving drinks and does not even notice im there I know I am doing my job right.
- I feel like I work in a team with the bartenders, I provide the supplies and they use them to make drinks.
What do you like least about being a barback?
- When Bartenders get lazy. They forget its a team effort, I cant always be helping everyone. Its a process behind the bar, the best thing is to communicate and work together.
- There is nothing I dislike about the position.
- The fact that it's not a role that allows you to connect with as many people in the bar.
- Theres not one thing I can come up with.
- I like everything about the job.
What are your goals as a barback?
- To get experience behind the bar. Be able to be bartending at some point.
- To learn how to fill my role successfully and be able to function as a bar back on my own without direction. My ultimate goal would be to eventually become a bar tender.
- To learn everything and anything there has to do with the bar itself. And if given the opportunity grow as a bartender as well.
- To be there to support the bartender and do whatever I can to make his job easier and make sure the customers are all happy with the service.
- To one day become a full time bartender.
Why should we hire you?
- I show up early, and I leave late. I dont complain about what I'm doing, or question why I am doing it.
- I am effective in high stress environments and work to ensure the support of my staff members and the satisfaction of the patrons. I have a malleable skill set and years of customer service experience, but I am always eager to learn.
- Well, I'm a hard worker and an eager learner and I can always keep up with the guys. I have a completely open schedule so I'm always available anytime.
- You should hire me because I can handle the pressure that comes with this job, in already used to working in high pressure fast-paced environments and I feel like this is an easy transition over for me. And I am so eager I learn.
- Because customers always liked me. I knew what they wanted to drink and got it ready when they came in. I am a good listener and always in a good mood.
Do you want to be a bartender in the future?
- Yes with the proper experience and education I would receive from a barback position, it is definitely the direction I would like to head in.
- Yes I would love to. Communicating with customers would be awesome.
- Ofcourse, I feel like being here would be a great help in actually getting the experience and learning from different bartenders.
- Yes!! So bad! I would love to eventually become a bartender.
- Yes. I definitely do. That is what I see myself doing for the next 4-5 years of my life as a university student. I hope that this is the place that I devote those years of my life in to.
Do you have any restaurant or serving experience?
- Yes, with over 5 years in the service industry.
- Yes. I worked for over a year in college at a sushi restaurant as a bartender. As well as served for a restaurant out here in LA
- No I previously worked as a high school track and field coach.
- I was a running at s restaurant but most of my experience comes from working st Starbucks for 2 years. I work at a high volume Starbucks that requires everyone who is working to be on point with what they're doing and work accurately and quickly.
- I have worked as a bartender for 5 months at Molson amphitheatre. Its not your typical bar/restaurant scenario but Id say that it is very similar. In here I've done everything from refilling the bar with ice, limes, glasses, and liquor. I have also worked as a food server/caterer at the same time. In here I do alot of food running and also alot of personally serving food to the guests.
Can you carry a bucket of ice through a packed crowd?
- Yes, it was a requisite requirement in my last position where we had to navigate dense crowds with over 1000 guests.
- Yes I'm used to doing a lot of heavy lifting.
- At my previous job it was my duty to carry over 75 pounds of equipment through a bunch of high schoolers so I would like to think that I can handle myself.
- I do it all the time at my job now! And quickly.
- I've done plenty of similar stuff like that. Ive walked around guests with 100 1/2 lb burger patties. Ive carried other large and heavy objects too while making the customers well being my number one concern.
Can you handle criticism? Give me an example of when a bartender or manager has yelled at you during a shift.
- Yeah I can handle criticism. I dont take anything personally when everyone is working, it can be stressful for everyone. I understand if people lash out, as long as what they are saying has purpose and isnt out of emotion. Either way, I'm really not fazed by the manner at which someone says something to me.
- Yes, as criticisms are opportunities to improve my work. There have been times where I was required for multiple duties and was unable to prioritize appropriately. Learning from that experience allowed me to progress in being more effective in multitasking.
- Throughout my coaching experience I have been criticized about the techniques that I have taught my athletes but I take each comment and learn from it. Soon enough I coach some of the best that the 5 boroughs have to offer.
- Well, I can take criticism pretty well. If someone feels I'm not doing correctly I would appreciate if some were to correct me. I feel thats just a right a passage especially in this industry.
- Sure I can! I take it for what it is. Isn't personal. It's about the job at hand and if I need to be taught something then I'm ears about he learning experience. I've been yelled at several times by my direct managers, and I always just take it for what it is and do what needs to be done because it's not personal.