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 types of project planning or administration did you do in your previous job? Tell me about some of these projects.

What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?

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Bonus Questions


  • Can you give me an example of a decision you made that affected company policy. What factors did you consider in your decision?
  • Tell me about a time when you were able to lead an employee toward task accomplishment.
  • We've all had to work with someone who is very difficult to get along with. Give me some examples of when this happened to you. Why was this person difficult? How did you handle him/her?

Daily Interview Tip

If it's not explicit in the invite, find out the format of the interview and the number of people involved beforehand. It's not that you have to prepare particularly differently, but if you're expecting a relaxed chat with a HR person and you get five senior people grilling you, it's likely to throw you. List any other skills that you have that are related to the position. You can also discuss any hobbies or volunteer experience you have and discuss any interest courses or educational upgrading you have. In all other respects treat the interview as you would a one to one but remember that time tends to be limited for a phone interview.