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Books-A-Million Barista Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Barista Interview

Barista

Interviewed at Books-A-Million

Interview Details – Had one interview. Called me later in the week and offered me the job. They just talked to me about how important it is to upsell, especially the discount card.

Interview Question – they just talked to me about selling the discount card and magazines.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Bookseller/Barista Interview

Bookseller/Barista

Interviewed at Books-A-Million

Interview Details – Was not bad, I went in for 2 interviews and received the job a couple of days after the second interview. Both of the interviews went well I was told about the discount card and magazine offer. I was informed this was mandatory and I accepted.

Interview Question – What would you say is your biggest weakness   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Cafe Barista/Book-seller Interview

Cafe Barista/Book-seller
Nashville, TN

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in August 2013.

Interview Details – hi can you see this pen to me and that's it. the rest is paperwork

Interview Question – there was nothing difficult to the interview   Answer Question


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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Bookseller/Barista Interview

Bookseller/Barista

I applied online - interviewed at Books-A-Million in March 2014.

Interview Details – I filled out a application online and within 3 1/2 weeks heard back. I was asked to come in for an interview and the process was simple. They asked me to tell them about myself, why I wanted to work for them ect. From there I was asked to read about their discount card and magazine programs and if I would be able to produce large selling numbers for them. I was told I would hear back if they were interested. A week later I was sent an email request for a backround check which I am waiting to hear about.

Interview Question – If I was unable to provide a large number of discount card sales was I ok with not getting hours.   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Barista Interview

Barista
Cincinnati, OH

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million.

Interview Details – Went to the interview and dressed up nicely as I always have and the interview was very unprofessional. The basically told me the pay was awful and you barely get hours. They also told me I would be working by myself in the café and even though I applied for a barista job I would have to sell a certain amount of there "discount cards" to get hours and whatnot.

Interview Question – Sell me one of our discount cards.   View Answer

Reason for Declining – The job seemed way to stressful to work there. You get no hours, get paid minimum wage and even if you get hired as a barista you are forced to sell sell sell to even have a job. NOT worth it


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Bookseller/Barista Interview

Bookseller/Barista

Interviewed at Books-A-Million

Interview Details – Filled out an application and was called in for an interview. Questions focused on customer service, how to handle difficult customers, and ability to sell the discount card. Was called about a week later with an offer. Went in the next day to fill out paperwork, etc. Started working a few days later. Very simple and painless process.

Interview Question – Pretty easy interview. Just be upbeat.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Bookseller/Barista Interview

Bookseller/Barista

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in July 2013.

Interview Details – Well I was out of a job and I did my normal calling to see if anyone was hiring, I talked to the manager and she said they were doing interviews, so I filled out the application and called her back when I was done. She then schedule me to come in for a interview, the interview was very short and sweet. Got another call a couple days later with a job offer.

Interview Questions


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Barista Interview

Barista
Gastonia, NC

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million.

Interview Details – I applied at the store in person, and was called in for an interview the same day, although I believe all current applications must be submitted on-line. The process consisted of one interview with the cafe manager, and a personality/skills test, which took about half an hour to complete. Basic customer service and prior experience questions. Dress professional and be prepared, and it is an easy interview process.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected, basic questions like "how would you deal with a difficult customer", and "describe good customer service".   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was hired as a barista at base pay, but was promoted to cafe manager a week later. I was able to negotiate a slightly hire than base rate of pay based on prior management experience.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Bookseller/Barista Interview

Bookseller/Barista
Dothan, AL

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in January 2010.

Interview Details – went in and spoke to a manager. did a background check and passed and begain training a few days later.

Negotiation Details – what negotiation?? i did not have a say in what i would have liked to get paid.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Bookseller/Barista Interview

Bookseller/Barista
Davenport, FL

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Books-A-Million in June 2012.

Interview Details – I applied online via the Books-a-Million website but never got a call back. Two weeks later I came into the store and asked to speak to the hiring manager and she asked if I had time now for an interview. I was taken to the back office where she asked me about my sales experience and other various questions. After this I had a brief talk with the store HR who also asked me some of the same questions. Both stressed about how 5% of sales were to be made by each employee. The Management staff was very friendly.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. The Manager explained that there are ways of making more than minimum wage selling magazine subscriptions and membership cards.

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