Top Tips on How to Smash Your Bartending Trial Shift

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2019 by PJNo comments

So, you have gone through the interview with flying colours and have landed your bartending trial shift. You've completed the next point of the hiring process, congratulations! (Or if you’re just reading this out of curiosity, welcome!)

“But what now?!” Don’t worry, We are here to help!

The trial shift is the day you can put to use that all your hard work: writing your cv, applying yourself, going through the hiring process (and actually using an iron against your ‘lucky interview shirt’). So, put your money where your mouth is kiddos and show them what you’re made of.

The interview was to convince the hiring manager that you’re fab for the job, but now it’s time to prove it.  This means:

Coming prepared

Wear the right clothes for the bartending trial shift.  Have a look at the staff when you visit the place beforehand, or simply ask your hiring manager what to wear, what time everything starts and if you need anything else. 

Think of it as a practical interview.  You went over the theory and now you’re putting everything to use and into action and practice. You don't want to be late and unprepared for your first interview, so don’t let yourself down for this one!

Listen and ask questions

You’re new to this place, possibly even this industry. There is no shame in not knowing all the answers!  You’ll have to absorb a lot of new information, and it may feel overwhelming especially if you’re nervous, but try your best to stay focused.  You’ll find out where the ice machine is, where the stock rooms are and where to take the bins out, along with information about your role requirements and duties.  All in all, a bit of an important talk.

Remember, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know.  Whenever something comes up, just ask.  Not only will it help but it’ll bode well as it shows your willingness to learn!

Bartender preparing a drink for a customer

There’s always something to do

During your trial shift, if things feel slow or quiet, try to pick something up.  Wipe down the bar, sort out the fridges, read the menu and steps on how to make certain drinks.

All in all, keep in motion and prove that you won’t waste time, and if you can’t find anything to do, just ask!  As I said earlier, the willingness to learn and work will work wonders!

Communication is Key

Behind the bar is usually a tiny ickle space a few busy bartenders use to keep the place afloat with happy customers and damn good pints!

You’ll come to learn that everyone will move in sync. You'll naturally manage to avoid bumping into one another when reaching over for glasses and whatnot.  This is the bar dance – it also focuses on good communication. Vocal cues will help everyone know who’s where.  It’ll become an instinct and gift once you’ve practiced as well as prevent smashed glasses or bumps on the head, so probably quite a handy one to learn!

Other than that, have fun, get learning and don’t give yourself a hard time.  We all start somewhere, and one day you’ll be pulling pints like a pro!

So, now you know how to smash your trial bartending shift. If you want to become an amazing bartender visit our website and check out the bartender job opportunities!

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