Bartending may look easy for some, but this is far from the truth. Bartending is a challenging job which requires skill, a sharp mind, and the right attitude. If you have plans to become a bartender, assess your skills to know whether you are fit for the job.
- Observe bartenders. Pay attention to how expert bartenders do their business. This makes you learn the characteristics to acquire or develop to become a bartender yourself. Notice how the bartenders interact with their customers. Observe how the bartender takes the customers’ orders, mixes the drinks, serves the drinks, and do other bartending jobs. Make notes and think about whether you can do the same or if you need improvement on certain aspects.
- Try bartending and seek comments. Know whether you have what it takes to be a bartender by bartending yourself. Become a bartender and seek feedback from customers. Attend a training school for bartenders where your skills are put to the test. Go to a bar, talk to the bartender and see if you can take his place or work with him for assessment purposes.
- Consider your knowledge and experiences. All skills are learned and acquired through experiences. Think about your past experiences in bars. Consider your knowledge about bars and bartending. If you have sufficient knowledge and experience and are willing to apply these in actual practice, then you can become a bartender.
- Analyze your personality. Not everybody can become a bartender, because there are certain personality types that are not fit for bartending. The most important personality requirement to be a bartender is patience. Bartenders deal with drunken people who have little control over their emotions, thus a lot of patience is necessary. Being pleasant yet authoritative establishes good relationships with clients. Good people skills are a requirement as a bartender; if you don’t have these, develop them or forget about bartending.
- Evaluate your mental skills. Bartending isn’t just about being nice to customers; it needs good mental abilities as well. Bartending requires a good memory to accommodate several orders at once and know the procedures for mixing drinks. Remembering who your customers are and what they like to order creates a favorable impression and increases the number of your customers.
- Determine your average working speed. Busy hours mean you have to work fast and do several things at once. Assess your speed and capacity to multi-task in order to know how you will fare as a bartender. You can time yourself while doing bartending activities such as mixing drinks, cleaning the table, or arranging glasses. Seek to improve your speed as time goes by.
- Consider your abilities. Are you good in doing bartending tricks such as juggling bottles or pouring liquor from a high distance? These abilities require good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. Consider your regular abilities such as your ability to clean glass or wash the dishes effectively as well.
Becoming a bartender requires you to have the skills that bartending needs. If you have the skills already, don’t be contented and improve yourself. If not, don’t be disappointed because the skills can be learned and developed. Remember: if you have the passion to become a bartender, you can be a bartender, as long as you don’t give up.