Bartending Interview Questions

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How do you make a White Russian?

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List of 30 Bartending Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    How do you make a White Russian?

  2. 2.

    Why did you leave your last bartending job?

  3. 3.

    Do you have any flaring techniques?

  4. 4.

    Your drawer is $44.21 short, how would you explain this? What would you do to correct something like this in the future?

  5. 5.

    If your car broke down on the way to work, what would you do?

  6. 6.

    How do you feel about serving drinks in a heavy volume environment?

  7. 7.

    Are you flexible to work any shift?

  8. 8.

    How do you make an Irish Car Bomb?

  9. 9.

    How do you make a Dirty Martini?

  10. 10.

    Do you enjoy socializing with strangers?

  11. 11.

    This is a coveted bartending gig. Why should we hire you?

  12. 12.

    Explain the differences between a wheat beer, a pale ale and an IPA?

  13. 13.

    Tell me about your previous bartending experience.

  14. 14.

    How do you treat customers on special occasions, like birthdays and bachelorette parties?

  15. 15.

    How do you make a Whiskey Sour?

  16. 16.

    How do you decide which customers to serve first when the bar is packed?

  17. 17.

    If you see a fight start across the bar, do you act or do you wait until the bouncers take care of it?

  18. 18.

    When you go above and beyond for a customer and they don't tip well, how do you handle it?

  19. 19.

    Tell me about the garnishes you enjoy using for various cocktails.

  20. 20.

    How do you make a Cosmopolitan Martini?

  21. 21.

    How do you avoid serving to minors?

  22. 22.

    How do you use your time on a slow shift?

  23. 23.

    What is your favorite drink with vodka?

  24. 24.

    What techniques do you use to upsell?

  25. 25.

    Besides making drinks, what roles do you think bartenders serve?

  26. 26.

    How do you make a Washington Apple?

  27. 27.

    Explain to me how you properly stir a cocktail.

  28. 28.

    How do you make a Johnny Vegas drink?

  29. 29.

    How do you engage with customers while making and serving drinks?

  30. 30.

    How do you garnish a Manhattan?