Top 25 Bartending Interview Questions
1. How do you treat customers on special occasions, like birthdays and bachelorette parties?
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Bartending
January 30th, 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.
Bartending Interview Questions
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How do you make a White Russian?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Baileys, half and half, rum.
 
2.
Coffee liqueur, vodka, and cream in an old fashioned glass.
 
3.
Vodka, coffee liqeur and cream served with ice in an old fashioned glass.
 
4.
1oz vodka .5 oz kahlua splash of milk.
 
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1/2 ounces of vodka, 3/4 ounces of kahlua or tia maria, 3/4 ounces of heavy cream, ice, served in an old fashioned glass.
 
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How do you make a Whiskey Sour?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup.
 
2.
2 ounces of whiskey one ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice one teaspoon sugar one egg white.
 
3.
8 oz glass of ice, 5 count or 1.5 oz whiskey plus sweet and sour fill.
 
4.
2 OZ whiskey 2 oz sour mix.
 
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2 oz. Whiskey, 2/3 oz. Lemon juice, 1 tsp. Superfine sugar. Shake everything with cracked ice then strain into cocktail glass.
 
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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?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have been working as a waiter then I got promoted as a bartender which gave me confidence.
 
2.
I made the effort to learn how to professionally bartend. I am very personable and customer service oriented. I am a hard worker and you would have no regrets in hiring me.
 
3.
Because this my passion and I have my own special cocktail creation that in sure people will love it..
 
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I am very good with customers I am really service oriented and I feel like bartending is an artform and I'm an actress and actresses make the best bartenders.
 
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I think that I deserve this job because my personality. I understand that I do not have extensive experience bartending but I have alot of energy and a great personality. I have the ability to bring in a lot of customers because of the friends I have that live downtown. I have made friends in the past two years with promoters of clubs and some of these people I have met are very close friends.
 
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How do you make a dirty martini?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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2.5 of vodka .5 of dry vermouth 1 part of olives juice.
 
2.
10 count vodka usually or gin, and olive juice.
 
3.
Vodka, dry vermouth, brine from olive jar and olive.
 
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With gin vermouth and olive brine.
 
5.
Chill glass with ice and soda water in mixing cup add dry vermouth vodka and olive juice and stir garnish with olive.
 
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How do you decide which customers to serve first when the bar is packed?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would politely tell them when they are ready let me know and serve the next person at the bar.
 
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Yes I would say "let me know when you know what you want" and I would offer help for the customer when deciding.
 
3.
Make suggestions, ask them if they need a minute.
 
4.
Try to look who comes first but you can also ask the costumer who comes first.
 
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Ill greet them and ask them if they are ready to order and if they arent and theyre hesitant and are not really sure ill ask them what they feel like drinking. If they want sweet I would reccoment something like a tom collins or if theres a feautured drink or special ill let them know about that. If theyre still unsure ill give them my favourite drink and if anything ill let them know to take their time and that there isnt any rush. At that point ill skip them and go to the next person.
 
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If you see a fight start across the bar, do you act or wait until the bouncers take care of it?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Act from a distance and find a bouncer.
 
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I would possibly ask what the policy is on this type of event.
 
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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.
 
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How do you make an Irish Car Bomb?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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In mixing cup fill guiness half then fill shot glass 1/2 whiskey/1/2baileys on the side to drop in glass.
 
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Guinness® stout, Bailey's® Irish cream and Jameson® Irish whiskey.
 
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Guinness® stout, Bailey's Irish cream and Jameson® Irish whiskey.
 
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Glass of guiness with 1 shot each of jameson and baileys.
 
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Guinness with a shot of Jameson dropped into the glass.
 
Question
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When you go above and beyond for a customer and they don't tip well, how do you handle it?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Comes with the territory.
 
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I never take it personally. I have been on the customer side plenty of times and can attest my self that sometimes people get excited in the moment and simply forget. Its not a big deal to me, I simply try to provide the best service possible to as many people as can fairly be done.
 
3.
I mean there are people on a budget, not all can afford to tip. A tip is an act of grutuity and I should be grateful that they are purchasing drinks from us in general.
 
4.
Well thats depend on guest I will never ask for a tip.
 
5.
You win some you lose some.
 
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Tell me about the garnishes you enjoy using for various cocktails.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Mint leaves, leme wheels, strawberry fan, dehidrated lemon, watermelon slice and so on.
 
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Sugar rim, chocolate shavings, kiwi fruit.
 
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I enjoy using garnishes beacause it makes all the drink looks presentable and with passion.
 
4.
I enjoy putting flags on beverages that call for them hurricane (fruity drinks)
 
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All the fruits, Tea drinks always get a lemon, tropical drinks usually get a cherry, or pineapple to maybe an orange, depending upon it accenting the liquor flavors. for example rum drinks like a mai tai, hurricane, or pina colada would get a cherry. Some tropical drinks I might add a pineapple wedge. All lime based margaritas get a lime.
 
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