Tips on Interviews for Waiters

Written by louise balle
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To work as a waiter, you must have excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate effectively. These are just two points that a restaurant hiring manager will discuss at an interview for a wait staff position. If you're planning to apply for a job as a waiter, be prepared for what a restaurant employer will probably look for during your interview.


Appearance and attention to detail are important for a job as a waiter. Restaurant managers want waiters who take pride in their appearances. They also consider details that indicate whether you will follow sanitary procedures since you have to handle food regularly. So when you attend the interview, look clean-cut and attractive. Get a haircut, iron your clothes and take care of all grooming issues, including the smallest details like cleaning under your nails. Hide tattoos and remove attention-grabbing piercings.


Many restaurants hiring managers also want you to have previous experience working as a waiter. If you do not have this experience, you must make a strong case for why the manager should give you a chance at your first wait staff job. If you had any customer service experience, even in sales or telemarketing, use this information to overcome your lack of direct restaurant experience at the interview.

Communicate and Smile

The way you communicate at the waiter interview is a strong indication of how you will communicate when helping future restaurant patrons. Speak clearly in a cheerful and positive tone just as you would take if you were helping customers at the restaurant. Smile often and look the interviewer directly in his eyes when responding to his questions during the session.

Ask Questions

Before you leave the interview, you have an opportunity to ask questions of the hiring manager. Ask the manager what he believes contributes most to the success of the restaurant. Ask for information about the types of people who come in to patronise the restaurant so that you can get a better understanding of their needs. Show the manager that you have a genuine interest in helping the restaurant succeed.

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