The interviewer is looking to see if you plan to be on your cell phone in between customers or if you're willing to put in a bit of extra work. There is always something to do, even if it's just practicing your flaring technique. Stocking the bar, cutting limes, and planning the bar menu needs to happen before you're too busy with customers. When you've exhausted your options, take the time to learn new drinks, experiment with different garnishes and combinations. Use your time wisely! Show the bar manager that you are motivated and won't be caught sitting around on the job when there's work to do!
"I rarely see a slow shift; however, when there is a lull I take that time to restock the bar garnishes, cut limes, and ensure the bar area is extra tidy."
Entry Level answer example
"I am not a fan of sitting still so if there is a lull in my day I always want to fill it with some extra cleaning, or any other needs that my coworkers may have. I understand that, as a bartender, there are always things I can be doing to help out the team or get ready for the next wave of customers."
Experienced answer example
"I am a big fan of cleanliness and being overprepared. For that reason, I will use any slower times to cut limes, restock the bar napkins, shine glasses, and wipe counters. If there is a newer bartender, I will help them practice some of their techniques or quiz them on cocktail recipes. There is always something to do."