Books-A-Million Barista Interview Questions

Updated Jul 12, 2014
Updated Jul 12, 2014
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  1.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    • they just talked to me about selling the discount card and magazines.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Bookseller/Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Cafe Barista/Book-seller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Nashville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Nashville, TN
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Bookseller/Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    • If I was unable to provide a large number of discount card sales was I ok with not getting hours.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    Reasons 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

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Bookseller/Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Bookseller/Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Gastonia, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gastonia, NC
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Bookseller/Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dothan, AL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dothan, AL
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Bookseller/Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Davenport, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Davenport, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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