Bartenders are skilled cocktail connoisseurs, wine-pouring wizards and pint-pouring professionals who can craft hot and cold beverages to a high quality. They’re excellent communicators, who work swiftly and in a tidy manner. That’s why when hiring one, you’ve got to be sure you’re making the right move.
You should seek these skills in your Bartender:
- Great conversational and communication skills.
- Cleanliness focussed.
- Basic mathematical skills.
- Basic knowledge of food and beverage safety.
- Experience working both independently and as part of a team.
- Customer service experience is beneficial.
Interviewing a Bartender
Your Bartender will be one of the most important hires you make. They’ll be in direct contact with your guests and customers and will have the ability to influence how pleasant their stay in your establishment is. Since a huge focus of their role will be their people skills, properly interviewing a Bartender is crucial.
To help you conduct the perfect interview, we’ve put together some excellent questions to ask a Bartender early in the interview process. Using these, you’ll get a great idea of the candidate’s different skillsets.
How to open the job interview
Even the most relaxed Bartender in the world will get a little nervous during a job interview. But if they’re too nervous to let you see their personality and people skills then making the right hiring decision is hard.
To help combat this, you can put your candidate at ease by asking a few positive opening questions and getting the conversation flowing naturally.