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?

What will you do if you don't get this job?

How do you track your manager's schedule and work? How did you track his/her schedule and work last week?

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Bonus Questions


  • Describe an assignment that required you to meet with others to influence them to cooperate with you. What did you say?
  • List some people at outside your work group whom you utilized to improve your group's success. Why did you use them and what was the result?
  • Describe a situation in which you negotiated with vendors or suppliers to obtain a good deal for your company.

Daily Interview Tip

At the start of the interview you should smile at and maintain good eye contact with the interviewer. Try to relax without perching on the edge of your chair, but don't slouch either. You should respond "I am looking for a position with a company where I can stay and grow with and I feel this position would give me this opportunity." An employer will often interview several qualified applicants for a job. An interview can be a simple, informal meeting between you and your potential employer.