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

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Bartending interview

How to Answer

Even though it's not technically your job to break up fights, if you don't take action to ensure the safety of the customers, there could be even more trouble.

You won't want to answer with an "always" statement because it depends on the situation and the protocol of the establishments which you have worked. Assure the bar manager that you are proactive and take action to secure the area.

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

"always"

Entry Level

"I understand that every bar will have their own set of rules when it comes to employees jumping into fights that break out. What is your policy here?"

Experienced

"I had broken up my share of fights when I was a bouncer at a nightclub. I am capable of controlling a fight; however, I prefer that the current bouncers are left the room to do their job."

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If you see a fight start across the bar, do you act or do you wait until the bouncers take care of it?
1.
Act from a distance and find a bouncer.
2.
I would possibly ask what the policy is on this type of event.
3.
I try to stop them if I can but if its realy searious I let the bouncer to take care of it.
4.
Try to calm it until the bouncers take care of it.
5.
If I can stop it before the bouncer.
6.
I rader be call the securities or the manager righ away to arbitrate them.
7.
I cal up ze manager on shift and the bouncers.
8.
Act right a way, grab a bouncers attention.
9.
I alert the bouncers and if possible intervene myself.
10.
Act immediately, notify anyone near by. Go to diffuse it as long as the bar is minded.
11.
I would let management know so they could let the bouncers know that something was happening. If it escalated I would call the cops and let them know the situation.
12.
Act to a certain level. Personally I would get security instead of waiting for them to notice. Of course, if the fight is not yet physical and is within my area, I can try to diminish the situation with words.
13.
Never leave the bar unattended. Immedietly call the manager and alert the bouncers.
14.
Wait until the bouncers take care of it.
15.
It depends on the situation.
16.
I would not physically include myself in the altercation as I promise I wouldn't be much help (although I have been lifting at the gym - I'm trying!), but - depending on the bouncer's handeling of the situation, I would call the police as I notify the bouncers themselves.
17.
I would grab the bouncers, and call the police.
18.
I would analyze the situation and act accordingly to ensure the safety of the guests, staff, and the establishment.
19.
I would call for security to come. They will be more successfully breaking up the fight than I would trying to do so.
20.
Notify management.
21.
Act, remove external threats (glasses) and notify security.
22.
Take care of it right away. I form the manager and call the bouncers.
23.
Wait tell the bouncers take care of it.
24.
I make sure the bar is staffed and covered while I alert a manager and locate security before the situation escalates.
25.
Wait until the bouncer takes care of it. That's what they are trained for.
26.
2oz gin or vodka, dry vermouth, olive juice, garnish with 1 or 3 olives.
27.
I act if I am able, If not I make sure the bouncers are aware.
28.
Act... Get the bouncer.
29.
I would in sure the safety of my other customers and try not to get involved and let the bouncers take care of the problem.
30.
I yell to the nearest bouncer to handle it, if no one is near then I handle it.
31.
I would always wait. A person should never put themselves at risk.
32.
Call the mananger and bartenders, keep the clients occupied.
33.
Wait for the bouncers to defuse the situation.
34.
I would definitely let the bouncer know about the fight but I would not try to stop the fight myself.
35.
Try to find managment and or bouncer.
36.
I would make sure the bouncers knew what was going on so that it could stop.
37.
It depends. If it is a physical brawl I will let the bouncers take care of it. But in the case of a verbally aggressive confrontation, I may attempt to defuse the situation after informing a manager.
38.
Stay calm. Get assistance to restrain them, don't hit anyone, remove them from bar.
39.
Act get the bouncers attention.
40.
Alert manager and bouncers, intervene if safe to do so.
41.
I would wait until the bouncer takes care of it and if need to call the police right away.
42.
I would go and find the manager and bouncers immediately and alert them of the fight.
43.
If the bouncer not aware for what happening, I will ask the bouncer asap.
44.
I will wait till bouncers.
45.
I will try to solve that fight keeping busy the fighters till the bouncer arrives.
46.
Signal to bouncers to help.
47.
Let the bouncers take care of it.
48.
I would let my bouncer know so I can keep my other customer from getting involved.
49.
Wait until the bouncers take care of it?
50.
I try to separate, while I check that security will help.
51.
Alert other staff member, defuse the situation if possible, keeping safety in mind.
52.
I do because I am responsible not the bouncer.
53.
I act in the capacity of calling the bouncers over. It isn't my place to leave the bar and break up a fight.
54.
Quickly contact the bouncers. Don't leave your patrons at the actual bar vulnerable.
55.
I wait for the security staffing to manage the situation.
56.
Call for bouncers to go over there and inform the manager.
57.
Yes, I never leave from behind the bar.
58.
I would inform the security that customers are fighting.
59.
2 1/2 oz gin or vodka, 1/2 oz dry vermouth, 1/2 oz olive juice, shake, double strain, garnish with olives.
60.
Act and get a managers attention.
61.
Call security and then try to calm the situation.
62.
I would immediately get the attention of a bouncer or manager.
63.
Wait for the bouncers, or try and alert someone quickly.
64.
I would grab a bouncer and manager immediately.
65.
I act on it and have help with me. (manager or another bar staff)
66.
Act immediatly, contact security and management.
67.
Try and solve the problem.
68.
Wait until the bouncers take care of it.
69.
Notify a manager or bouncer.
70.
I'll call for bouncer to take care of it.
71.
I would act by getting a bouncer if someone was back in the bar with me, otherwise I would attempt to stop it without getting physically involved.
72.
Tell the bouncers or the manager.
73.
Ill clear glasses and people then try to call security.
74.
Stop and if its quiet enough, tell people to calm down.
75.
Let the bouncer take care of it.
76.
Get security involved sasp.
77.
I act by calling security or the bouncers immediately. I make sure to move people out of the way to avoid getting hurt along with moving dangerous items like glasses and bottles.
78.
You call the cops and inform the bouncers.
79.
I will arbitrate them and give to security.
80.
Try to make sure that you can spot any trouble before it becomes a fight. alert management and security.
81.
Make sure the bouncers know what is going on and stay out of it.
82.
I would act on it even though it would not officially my job.
83.
Call the security right away.
84.
Wait for the bouncer because I have a bar, a liquor shelf, and a cash drawer to protect and watch over.
85.
Let the bouncer take care of it.
86.
Notify the Bouncers right away.
87.
Ask them to leave and get the bouncers.
88.
I call a manager and let the bouncers take care of it.
89.
I wait for the bouncer and tell people to stand back while management arrives.
90.
Immediately get a bouncer or management to break up the fight.
91.
You do what you can from behind the bar, but never leave the bar unattended.
92.
I will try to intervene until the bouncers get there.
93.
I would try to talk to them, calm them down and it that doesn't do it then I would get the bouncer.
94.
Act right away, contact security and management.
95.
I act so that the situation doesnt escalate...I would start by taking away their alochol and then telling them to leave if at this point they refuse to leave I would get the bouncer to remove them.
96.
Definitely act. If I can see that it poses a potential danger to myself, instead of trying to deal with the situation alone I would get a bouncer or manager to assist me in dissipating the chaos.
97.
Act immediately by getting on the bar phone and calling for security. If there is an altercation assume you are the first to see it and get the required help so other customers are not harmed.
98.
Mhm.
99.
I try to diffuse the situation with my voice but I never get physically involved because we can get sued.
100.
Suggest to the group to take it easy and find bouncer.
101.
Call for the bouncer while acting.
102.
I act by letting the bouncers know what's going on.
103.
Notify bouncers or if it will not get out of hand, try to help.
104.
The bouncers are supposed to take care of it, I am apart of the staff that serves not fight.
105.
I'll wait till the Bouncers take care of it . Making sure that the fight does not create problems to other people and all things in bar.
106.
Get other customers to stay away and contact the manager and the bouncers to take care of it.
107.
Notify the bouncer right away.
108.
If the bouncers are close, stay behind the bar. Bartenders are not bouncers. If no bouncers are around, a nice bucket of ice water dumped over them with a loud "Cool it boys!" should do it.
109.
I will inform my superior.
110.
Notify the bouncer immediately.
111.
I will try to stop it and also ask someone to call bouncers.

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