The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode #123

It’s the last (and maybe hardest) step to getting your first bar manager job: The interview. Here’s how to make sure you ace it!

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In today’s Episode…

It’s all about the interview: how do you interview well to win that bar manager position?

If you missed them, start with episode #121 for information on how to start your bar manager job hunt. Then watch episode #122 for tips on getting your resume into the right hands.

Definitely watch / listen to the full episode for all tips, but if you’re in a rush here’s a quick summary:

Step 1: Preparation

  • Do your homework on the bar / restaurant to make sure you are familiar with them and their menu.
  • Prepare yourself! Review common interview questions and think seriously about the questions you’re afraid they will ask.
  • Clean up: dress right, shower, etc. Make sure you’re presenting your best self!
  • Show up Early: This goes without saying – don’t be late (or awkwardly early either!)

Step 2: The First Interview

  • Pay attention to your body language. Be confident, friendly, and nice to everyone!
  • Stay positive. Avoid talking down about past jobs or coworkers.
  • If you’re totally blindsided and can’t answer a question, be honest. “I don’t know but look forward to finding out” is way better than lying or faking it.

Step 3: The Stage

If things go well, you may be asked to stage (pronounced ‘stah-zhe’) for a few hours.

  • Stay focused, stay off your phone and pay attention
  • Stay out of the way. If it seems like you could really help, ask permission first.
  • Prepare some notes – they may ask you to prepare some thoughts like “two things you liked and something you feel you could improve upon”

Stage 4: The Final Interview

This is it – the final step. At this point you’re really close but you could still make or break your chances!

  • Come prepared to talk compensation – it will definitely be discussed here.
  • Expect to speak with many different members of the staff.
  • They will likely have already spoken to your references by now. Be prepared to answer any questions about that.
  • Again: Stay positive, confident and friendly!

Stuff we Mentioned:

Here’s a quick list of some of our favorite interview questions:

  • How would you cut off a customer? What if they were a high-paying regular?
  • Two employees want the same day off. How do you navigate this?
  • How do you enforce consistency with your team?
  • After running your reports, you find that your costs are out of line. How would you go about remedying this?
  • What are your feelings about cell phones on the floor? Follow up question: how would you keep staff from using their cell phones on the floor?
  • What is your approach to motivating and creating incentive for a staff?
  • Have you heard much about our company, or do you know much about us?
  • Whats the last book you read about management, hospitality or leadership?
  • What is your favorite interview question that you like to ask potential hires? How would you answer it?

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