Food and Beverage Manager Sample Job Interview Questions

Food and Beverage Manager Sample Job Interview Questions

 

Food and Beverage Manager oversee restaurants, bars, cafeterias and catering businesses. Aside from restaurants, they work in hotels and resorts etc. Great Food and Beverage Managers combine food and beverage knowledge, people management and financial management. They must be able to run great teams, watch costs, achieve revenue goals, and deliver fantastic food and service.

Hey job Interviews are never easy. To help you improve your chances for success, i have put together common job interview questions for the food and beverage manager position. Make sure you use these questions to prepare yourself before your big day and you will be sure to have success.

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Why should we hire you as a Food and Beverage Manager?

We are looking for someone with strong leadership skills in this Hospitality role. It’s not always easy to devote a lot of time to each person who works for you. Think of a time you missed an opportunity to help others develop. What happened?

When (if ever) have you delayed decisions as a Food and Beverage Manager to give more thought to the situation? What is the longest you have delayed?

Have you ever had to meet scheduled deadlines when your work was being continually disrupted? What caused you the most difficulty as a Food and Beverage Manager, and why?

Suppose head office gave you a mandate of reducing your food costs.  However, business has been very slow.  A customer comes in and orders fries.  The fries you have already cooked has been sitting 2 min over recommended time.  Would you serve these fries?

Describe your experience scheduling and receiving food and beverage deliveries.

Tell me about the most difficult complaint you have had to handle regarding food quality service and so on.

Tell me about a time when you became aware that an employee was not meeting the standards for personnel performance and customer service.

Suppose you are estimating the current line consumption and you suspected employee of theft.  Role play with me on how you would approach this employee.

How do you coordinate the assignments of cooking staff to make sure that you are using food efficiently?

What is the most import an element in your view when it comes to monitoring food quality such as preparation methods and portion sizes and presentation?

Bosses are not always completely satisfied with the way we do certain tasks or complete certain projects. What is the most recent example of when this happened to you? Do you have another example?

What information do you use to stay informed of what's going on in your department? Tell me about a time when you used this information.

After you schedule meetings, conferences. or trips, do you ever need to double-check the arrangements? Tell me about one situation in which it really paid off to double-check.

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Bonus Questions


  • Describe the most difficult maintenance work you've done.
  • When negotiating with others, we often compromise on certain issues. Tell me about a time when you used a strategy for giving in or standing firm on an issue to achieve the desired outcome. Tell me about a time when you had to negotiate expectations with parents, professors, peers.
  • What kind of money do you need to make?

Daily Interview Tip

Before your interview, think about whether the job is one you want. Could you do it well from day one, or would you need extensive support? Does it offer the chance to develop skills and experience? Is it a logical step for your career, whether that's a promotion, or a career change? To show the interviewer how you can make a contribution explain how you have worked on similar problems in a different environment. When asked to, "Tell me about a situation where you did not get along with a co-worker or manager." Never respond by saying you get along with everyone.