HR – The top 5 bartender interview topics you should focus on

As a bar owner, when you are planning to interview potential bartenders there are two considerations that you have to make. These are whether to get a professional HR professional to do the interview or do it yourself. If you choose the later, you will need to familiarize yourself with potential questions a HR professional would have asked, and the answers they would have expected.

Here are the top 5 bartender interview topics you should focus on and why they are necessary from a HR point of view.

#1 Ask about their thoughts on their potential bartending responsibilities

There are many people out there looking for jobs with many of them willing to do temporary jobs as they wait for their major breakthrough. The way the interviewee answers this question will give you an idea if they are simply looking for a temp job or they are passionate about bartending. You should only consider the candidates who have a proper understanding of what the job entails.

#2 Ask about their flexibility working evenings and weekends

The reality about bartending jobs is that you want an employee who will be ready and willing to work on any day of the week. It’s therefore important for you to be able to tell upfront how flexible the candidate is to the demands of the job.

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#3 Their previous experience as a bartender

This will of course purely depend on whether you want an already experienced bartender or whether you are open to an inexperienced one who you can then train. If it’s the former, you will need some evidence of them having worked before and if it’s the latter, you’ll need to know whether they are coachable.

#4 Their ability to handle conflict

Bartenders will always be faced with challenges in the course of doing their work and these challenges will require a person with the right temperament. They may be forced to handle conflict between patrons, as well as conflict between wait staff. It’s therefore important for you to be able to establish whether they are cut out for such situations.

#5 Their knowledge of drinks

As you try to establish their level of experience if any, you will be required to ask some probing questions to enable you know their precise level of experience. Such probing questions may include questions to do with what drinks they may recommend to clients for various occasions, which drinks mix best with other and so on. Their ability to give you confident and correct answers will tell their level of experience.

There are many other interview guides you can obtain online therefore if you don’t want to use a HR professional to conduct your interviews, you should do sufficient research to broaden your interviewing skills.

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