F&B Operations Manager Sample Job Interview Questions

Here are sample F&B Operations Manager job interview questions designed specifically for the Operations career field.

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Describe your experience with assisting in management of food and beverage team.

What do you find most challenging when building an environment that emphasizes motivation, empowerment, teamwork, continuous improvement. Why?

What do you know about leading a team that provides excellent customer service in a restaurant?

In your view, what is the most important aspect of motivating staff to solve guest and associate related concerns? Why?

Tell me a bit more about your background with building a learning atmosphere with a focus on continuous improvement.

How do you ensure success when you implement an unpopular idea or initiative?

Networking is a term applied to interactions with people outside of formal work groups. Can you describe an experience you’ve had in building or maintaining networks as a F&B Operations Manager.

In your opinion, what will be the greatest challenge faced by Food and Beverage in your local market? Why?

How do you usually plan a menu?

We are looking for a leader by example type, someone who is willing to assist servers and hosts on the floor during peak meal periods. How would your staff describe your leadership style?

In your job as a F&B Operations Manager, did you notice any process or task that was being done unsafely (unsafe machinery/equipment/worker)? How did you notice it? What did you do?

What are the top most important factors for success in the F&B industry?

We’ve all felt as if we were in over our heads on a project. Tell me about a time this happened to you as a F&B Operations Manager.

How do you instill a passion for providing service?

How do you go about developing a relationship with all guests to build repeated clientele internally and externally?

Part of the job is assisting more senior managers in completion of financial and administrative duties. What kinds of admin work have you managed in the food and beverage industry?

In your position, how do you define doing a good job? Are you doing a good job? How do you know? Give examples.

What types of bosses have been the most difficult to work for? Give examples. Why?

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Bonus Questions


  • How were you able to balance your work with extracurricular activities?
  • How much time does your job require you to commit to outside obligations social, civic, etc.? How have you reacted to this? Give examples.
  • Describe a time when you solved a technical problem. Give examples.

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