In an interview with Liquor.com, Illustrious mixologist Dale DeGroff explains the critical behaviors and personality traits bartenders must have to set them apart from the rest. Eye contact, confidence and learning how to be human are all examples of such behaviors and traits. Furthermore, DeGroff says, "When we hired bartenders at the Rainbow Room in 1987, we asked them to tell a story and a joke. If they couldn't do it, we'd make a note and have to question whether they'd be able to handle the needs of a guest". Although a seemingly unconventional interview question, thinking on your feet while being able to carry conversations with people from different walks of life is a core part of being a bartender (in addition to creating delicious drinks of course). Read the rest of the interview here.