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Area manager interview questions and how to answer them

Area manager interview questions and how to answer them

Amandeep Chahal our consultant managing the role
Date posted: 18/03/2024

So you’re eyeing up area manager jobs? Firstly, a big congratulations to you! Reaching this point in your management career is no mean feat. You’ve dedicated time, weathered storms and basked in sunshine, and gained valuable experience leading a team. Now, you're ready to level up.

You’re probably wondering, ‘What should I say in an area manager interview?’. And you know what? It's natural to have some jitters. Especially when transitioning from managing one team to multiple teams.

With solid interview prep, you can ease those nerves and leave a lasting impression. And that's where our guide comes in. We've put together a list of top area manager interview questions, along with tips to help you dazzle. Are you ready?

How do you nail an area manager interview?

  1. Get familiar with the questions
  2. Prepare your answers
  3. Ask questions of your own

Common area manager interview questions

Sure, your hospitality CV provides a snapshot of your experience and wins, but it doesn't paint the full picture of who you are or how you'll shine in the role. Get ready for the interviewer to ask a mix of traditional, behavioural and observational interview questions to get a better sense of your skills and personality.

Leadership & team development

  • Can you provide an example of a time when you successfully led a team through a challenging situation?
  • How do you observe and assess the effectiveness of training programs or initiatives implemented?

Guest experience

  • What are the key indicators you look for to assess the operational efficiency and performance of the team?
  • Can you share an example of when you introduced a customer service improvement initiative that resulted in increased customer satisfaction?

Sales and revenue growth

  • How do you analyse sales data and market trends to identify growth opportunities?
  • Give us an example of a successful sales initiative you implemented that resulted in revenue growth?

Strategic planning

  • Describe your process for setting and tracking KPIs to measure progress and success.
  • Can you provide an example of a time when you successfully achieved or exceeded strategic objectives?

Preparing your answers

Know what points you want to get across

Write down a list of all your biggest achievements, your ambitions and key skills. This way, you’ll be able to weave them into the answers without sounding too scripted.

Show your enthusiasm

Infuse your responses with passion. The hiring manager wants to see you come alive when you talk about strategies, goals and developing a team.

Shout about your successes

If there was ever a time to talk yourself up, it’s now. Did you grow annual sales revenue by 20% across the area within one year through upselling strategies? Or perhaps you improved the kitchen turnaround time by 25% by implementing new staff training initiatives. Shout about it!

Practice

Rally a crew of friends, family members, or mentors to practice with. You’re more likely to feel relaxed with someone you know, so you can focus on refining your responses and building confidence.

Questions to ask the employer

As you research the company and role, you'll naturally come across some specific questions yourself. But here are a few to get you started.

  1. What are the KPIs that you use to measure success in this position?
  2. How do you support the professional development and growth of area managers within the company?
  3. Can you provide examples of recent challenges or initiatives that the area manager team has faced and how they were addressed?
  4. Can you share insights into the company's strategic priorities and how the area manager's role contributes to achieving them?



Ready to put these interview tips into practice?

If you're someone who thrives in the fast-paced world of hospitality and has a genuine passion for delivering exceptional guest experiences, then our area manager role might be the perfect fit for you.

But it's not just about overseeing operations – we want to see you ignite that spark in your team and create an atmosphere where everyone keeps raising the bar. And with over 1,600 pubs, bars and restaurants dotted around the country, there are always opportunities for people to join our teams.

Head straight to our area manager jobs and get ready to show us what you’re all about. Or check out Jennifer’s story to hear how she stepped up from a General Manager to an Area Manager role.





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