Bartending Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Bartending interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

Bartending was written by and updated on February 27th, 2014. Learn more here.

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How do you make a White Russian?

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List of 30 Bartending Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

    How do you make a White Russian?

  2. 2.

    How do you avoid serving to minors?

  3. 3.

    How do you garnish a Manhattan?

  4. 4.

    How do you use your time on a slow shift?

  5. 5.

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

  6. 6.

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

  7. 7.

    How do you make a Dirty Martini?

  8. 8.

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

  9. 9.

    How do you make a Cosmopolitan Martini?

  10. 10.

    How do you make a Washington Apple?

  11. 11.

    Why did you leave your last bartending job?

  12. 12.

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

  13. 13.

    How do you make an Irish Car Bomb?

  14. 14.

    Tell me about your previous bartending experience.

  15. 15.

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

  16. 16.

    What techniques do you use to upsell?

  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.

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

  19. 19.

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

  20. 20.

    How do you make a Whiskey Sour?

  21. 21.

    Are you flexible to work any shift?

  22. 22.

    What is your favorite drink with vodka?

  23. 23.

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

  24. 24.

    How do you make a Johnny Vegas drink?

  25. 25.

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

  26. 26.

    Explain to me how you properly stir a cocktail.

  27. 27.

    Do you have any flaring techniques?

  28. 28.

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

  29. 29.

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

  30. 30.

    Do you enjoy socializing with strangers?