One of those jobs that have existed for hundreds of years and will exist for hundreds more (unless we destroy ourselves as a human race, which is undoubtedly possible) is a job of a waiter. In my opinion, this job is a great school of life for anyone. Because it is generally a hard job, you get to talk to all sorts of people, and, if you work in some shady pub, you can also see first-hand what an evil thing drinking is, and what it can do to people who are completely normal and friendly while sober :).

When trying to get this job, you won’t typically face a difficult interview. Simply because the demand is always there, and the employee fluctuation is super high in the field. The restaurant managers and pub owners almost pray you will do well in the interview, so they can give you a chance, and perhaps you can stay with them and help with the heavy workload for a few months at least, before you quit like everyone else does… Having said all of that, you cannot remain silent when facing their questions, and one of the things they will almost always inquire about are your strengths and weaknesses.

As a rule of a thumb, you should call out some strengths that matter for the job, such as an ability to stand on your feet for hours, a good memory, an ability to handle heavy workload in a fast-paced environment, good communication skills, and so on, and so forth. In terms of weaknesses, you should pick something that isn’t pivotal fro the job. And if you decide to talk about weakness that actually matters, make sure to tell the restaurant manager (or whoever leads your interview) that you try your best to improve on it.

Let’s have a look at 7 sample answers now. I tried to come up with a variety of strengths, weaknesses, and ways of approaching this question. Hopefully at least one of them will resonate with you and help you find the right words. Enjoy!


7 sample answers to “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” interview question for waiters

  1. Communication skills are my greatest strength. I have excellent listening skills, can get along any type of a person, and all in all people say about me that I am a good communication partner, that it is a pleasure to talk to me. It is also one of the reasons why I want to work as a waiter, because I am sure I will thrive in the contact with the guests here. Having said that, my strength can sometimes turn against me, because I can lose sense of time in my interactions with people, and obviously it affects my effectiveness in the job. But I am aware of this weakness, and do my best to minimize the impact it has on my work.
  2. My biggest strength is my responsibility. You can count on me for every shift, I am barely ever sick, and I always take care of all my duties, to the best of my abilities. That’s just how I am as a person. Speaking about weaknesses, I struggle managing other people and cannot imagine having a leadership role. Also I am not particularly strong with computers. Having said that, I do not think these weaknesses have any impact on me as a waiter.
  3. My experience is my greatest strength. I’ve been working in restaurants for over 25 years now. Seen it all, done it all, as they say. You won’t find any situation that can happen with a customer that would surprise me. And that’s why you can rely on me, even if I am the only person on the shift. You can also count on me to take on a leadership role when needed… In terms of my weaknesses, that’s punctuality. It happens to me sometimes that I arrive late to work or that I simply cannot get out of bed early enough. Well, I guess the years of hard work have taken their toll on me… Having said all of it, I am aware of this weaknesses, and try my best to get better.
  4. To be 100% honest with you, I do not really know. This is my first job application, and while I have confidence in my abilities, I am also sure I will struggle with something as a waiter. Just like it would be in any other job. But I want to assure you that I am eager to learn and ready to work hard, and that you won’t be disappointed from having me as a part of your team.
  5. Let me start with weaknesses: I am really bad with grammar, languages, biology, history, most school subjects. That is kind of a reason why I am here to be honest, because for someone like me there’s no realistic way of earning a degree and perhaps having some managerial job one day. But the good things is–and that is my strength, that I am enthusiastic about life nevertheless, and bring a good energy to the collective in the workplace. And customers can feel it too… At least that’s the feedback I got from my manager in a retail store where I worked before, and I hope to continue doing so in my new job in a restaurant.
  6. My biggest weakness are women. You know, for me it is hard not courting a nice woman who comes here to have a nice meal. And I know it is a big mistake in the job–at least most of the time, and that I should focus on other things. But that’s how it is and sometimes I have to control myself a lot to help it… On the other hand, I am super hard-working, do not mind standing on my feet all day long, and generally enjoy whatever job I do. In a job field with such a high employee fluctuation like in this one, I believe my strengths matter a lot, and that you should give me a chance here.
  7. My biggest weakness is my resume. As you can see, I’ve been quite a job-hopper until now. Still trying to find my calling, or at least a place where I will feel good, and will find it worth going to day after day. Maybe it can be this bar? And why not? I like it here very much, it has an excellent vibe, and the people I talked to so far seem extremely nice. And to my strengths, well, I learn quickly, work quickly, and I do not mind working at night at all, which I believe can be extremely helpful in this job…

Ready to answer this one now? I hope so! Do not forget to check also the following articles to continue your preparation for an interview for a job of a waiter:

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