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Bartending Interview Questions to Ask
1. How many people are you interviewing for this position?
2. Tell me about the shift you are looking to fill. what day and time would it be and how much traffic would be expected??
3. What is an average client like?
4. What shifts are you looking to hire for?
5. Is there any training for the position? What is the preferred attire?
6. How long has this place been open?
7. Do you get many regulars? what are your busiest hours?
8. What can I expect during training?
9. When do you expect to complete the hiring process?
10. What are normal work hours?
11. How well would you say you work with members of the public
12. What hours is this bar open til?
13. What is a typical night at the bar?
14. Is tip share used and if so who is included in the tip share pool? What are the shifts being hired for?
List of Bartending Interview Questions
  1. How do you treat customers on special occasions, like birthdays and bachelorette parties?
  2. How do you make a White Russian?
  3. How do you make a Whiskey Sour?
  4. Most people would love to bartend, in fact, if I make a craigslist post right now I would get 50 responses, why are you deserving of this?
  5. How do you make a dirty martini?
  6. How do you decide which customers to serve first when the bar is packed?
  7. If you see a fight start across the bar, do you act or wait until the bouncers take care of it?
  8. How do you make an Irish Car Bomb?
  9. When you go above and beyond for a customer and they don't tip well, how do you handle it?
  10. Tell me about the garnishes you enjoy using for various cocktails.
  11. Do you enjoy socializing with strangers?
  12. Tell me about your previous work experience.
  13. How do you avoid serving to minors?
  14. Why did you leave your last bartending job?
  15. How do you make a Cosmopolitan Martini?
  16. Your drawer is $44.21 short, how would you explain this? What would you do to correct something like this in the future?
  17. If your car breaks down on the way to work, what would you do?
  18. How do you use your time on a slow shift?
  19. Explain the differences between a wheat beer, a pale ale and an IPA?
  20. What is your favorite drink with vodka?
  21. We require you to come in an hour before busy time, and stay an hour after we close to clean, is that okay?
  22. What techniques do you use to upsell?
  23. How do you feel about serving drinks in a heavy volume environment?
  24. Do you have any flaring techniques?
  25. Besides making drinks, what roles do you think bartenders serve?
  26. How do you make a Washington Apple?
  27. Explain to me how you properly stir a cocktail.
  28. How do you engage with customers while making and serving drinks?
  29. How do you make a Johnny Vegas drink?
  30. How do you garnish a Manhattan?
Contributing Author
Ryan Brown
Bartending Information
August 17th, 2017

A Bartender can make or break a bar one drink at a time. For bar owners, if you have an untrustworthy bartender, you can see your profits diminish in no time. On the flipside, if you have a fun, active, upselling bartender, you can see your restaurant's profits increase dramatically.

Every restaurant owner may have a very different approach to hiring bartenders. Some restaurant owners require bartenders to work behind the bar making various drinks the hiring manager orders. Other restaurant owners are more passive and just require a basic job interview. Bartending candidates need to know what type of restaurant they are applying too. If the bar is a college bar, trustworthiness and service speed will be the deciding factors for a hiring manager. If the bar is upscale, drink knowledge, drink presentation skills, and ability to have conversations with patrons will be a few of the deciding factors.

After you understand what type of bar you are applying to is, you can prioritize your skills accordingly. Prepare a few examples of when you displayed a high amount of trust. Know a few times when you handled an upset customer. Remember, the interview is a conversation, and you are a bartender, be ready to have an excellent conversation with the hiring manager.