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Host or Hostess Interview Questions to Ask
1. What is the best way to calm a customer down when drunk?
List of Host or Hostess Interview Questions
  1. What are your career goals?
  2. What are your greatest weaknesses?
  3. How do you fill your downtime?
  4. How would you deal with an angry customer?
  5. Why is it important to smile at every guest?
  6. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
  7. Describe yourself in three words.
  8. What qualities make you the best person for the job?
  9. Have you ever had a situation that kept you from being on time to work? How did you handle it?
  10. How do you handle stressful situations?
  11. Why do you want this job?
  12. Tell me about your experience.
  13. Describe your ideal job.
  14. Give me an example of how you have been reliable in the past.
  15. How have you used your communication skills to resolve conflict at work?
  16. What are your greatest strengths?
  17. Tell me about a time when you gave excellent customer service.
  18. In case of an emergency, what would be your course of action?
  19. What is the most recent skill you have learned that will assist you in this role?
  20. How do you take criticism?
  21. How would you keep our patrons satisfied?
  22. What skills are essential for this position?
  23. Do you have any questions about the job description?
  24. Why should we hire you?
Contributing Author
Diana D'Souza
HR Professional
Host or Hostess Information
March 19th, 2017

Hosts or hostesses work in restaurants, pubs, cafes and other types of eateries, where their main responsibilities include greeting diners, escorting them to their reserved table or finding them an empty table if they do not have a reservation and making sure they have everything they need to ensure a pleasant dining experience. They also coordinate with the kitchen staff to ensure that all diners' requests are met and as quickly as possible. In some establishments hosts and hostesses arrange dining reservations and organize parties and other services on request for special occasions.

A high school diploma or GED certificate is usually sufficient to land a job as a host or hostess. While the educational requirements are not very high, hosts or hostesses are required to have exceptional soft skills in terms of customer service, communication, tactfulness and dining etiquette. They must be familiar with the restaurant's offerings and any special menus and be able to deal with all types of customers.

Be prepared to wow your interviewer with your charm and outgoing personality if you want to get that host or hostess job. Your interviewer will ask you questions about what makes you particularly suitable for the job and if you have any weaknesses in this area. Your appearance will matter at a host or hostess interview so take great care of your grooming. Answering all questions confidently is another plus point in your favor. Nobody wants to hire a nervous host or hostess in their restaurant. Reading through host or hostess mock interview questions can be of invaluable help in this area as you can prepare and practice your answers in advance.