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Starbucks Interview Questions & Reviews in Colorado

Updated Jul 10, 2014

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Store Manager Interview

Store Manager
Denver, CO

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Starbucks in May 2014.

Interview Details – First step was an incredibly indepth interactive screening and assessment process, where candidates are given scenarios in which their reactions are elicited. There are P&L exercises that if without any prior knowledge or experience going in, you will be challenged - this portion was also timed. Next was a 45 minute phone interview with a company recruiter (who was late to the call). Interview heavily predicated on past experience and detailed questions regarding P&L. No questions asked regarding specific training or scenarios or skill set beyond P&L. Zero discussion of culture. Recruiter intimated that internal competition for available position was fierce and that outside candidates are more often than not, relegated to a lesser role in favor of internal hires, and that candidates had to be flexible in that regard. From there she proceeded to badger and lowball me on salary. Basically the recruiter did her best to talk me out of the position, and with that, I declined to finish the interview.

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Store Manager Interview

Store Manager
Denver, CO

I applied through other source and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Starbucks in September 2013.

Interview Details – The interview day saw more applicants than the interviewing managers initially expected. That was confirmed by the person interviewing me.

It was mostly behavioral questions. A time when you encountered a problem. A time when you worked with or lead a team successfully.

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Barista Interview

Barista
Westminster, CO

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in January 2013.

Interview Details – I filled out an application online and submitted it to as many nearby locations as it would allow. Happened to stop in with my grandma one night and asked the shift manager if they were hiring. She said they had two open positions and gave me the manager's card. I called the next day, she wasn't in. Called again and still could not reach the manager. I sent her an email as well. Called AGAIN a few days later and got a hold of the assistant manager who said they would be reviewing applications that day. FINALLY later that night the store manager called and set up an interview. She started off by asking me to tell her about myself and why I want to work for Starbucks (have a REALLY good reason why you want to work here. I didn't other than paychecks and tuition reimbursement.) The questions weren't hard but they made me very nervous, asked scenario questions like "tell me about a time you treated a coworker with fairness even though they didn't to you" and "tell me about a time you received unexpected criticism on your work." As I answered they just jotted down notes on their papers and looked like they were totally judging me. The last thing she asked was if I had any questions for her, which I didn't. She said she would get back to me by Wednesday, but of course, no call. Finally one day after I stopped caring about the job the assistant manager called and said they were going to move forward with other candidates. My advice to you is to be totally enthusiastic, focused on the interview, and act like you REALLY want this job! Have good reasons why you want it and make sure to emphasize on good customer service because this job is customer service. I'm glad I didn't get the job because I really didn't want to work for the two snobs who interviewed me. However, I did get a lot of compliments from employees and customers and a free drink out of it!

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Barista Interview

Barista
Denver, CO

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Starbucks in March 2010.

Interview Details – Asked why I wanted to work there, my views on customer service, etc.

Interview Question – I was asked why I wanted to be a barista at Starbucks   Answer Question

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Store Manager Interview

Store Manager
Denver, CO

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in January 2010.

Interview Details – I applied online which consisted of taking a personality test and situational skills test including a math test involving P and L statement. I was contacted via emaiI 10 days later by a recruiter who wanted me to come to an invite only hiring event. The event was 10 days later. I interviewed with a district manager for about 20 minutes. Then I was passed to a team of two district managers and the interview lasted probably 45 minutes. While the questions were read to me off of a script (this is common, insures that all candidates are treated fairly) they weren't that tough, and were situational. I found myself expanding their questions and my answers, and asking them lots of questions. They were friendly. But I knew they were tired and had been doing this all day. I had to ask what the next step would be. They said I would hear from the recruiter in a few days. Four days later I got a call from another district manager who wanted to interview me the next week. The district manager interviewed me in a Starbucks store. Loud and crowded. We chatted for an hour. Again, situational questions. Interview went well until the end. I had read from other reviews what the job entailed, but wanted to confirm in person. So I asked. "The job entails 4 days of being a barista, and one day of admin work." was the answer. I must have blinked my disappointment. Through the course of the interview I found out that all decisions were made by corporate and basically by the end realized the manager position didn't involve much in the way of creativity or decision making. Having come from a management background for a larger retailer, I was surprised that the lack of responsibility assigned to a store manager was so well paid. I have never managed from an office so being on the floor the entire time is nothing new. Guess I was just turned off by what I perceived to be a job with little freedom and no real vehicle to use my skills. I was told after the interview that I would hear back from the recruiter by the end of the week. 9 days later I got the call that I did not get the position. But they really appreciated all of my experience. So I would say that they are looking for someone who has less experience and who is more easily lead. Nothing wrong with that. In fact a great step on the road to management. Good Luck!
Entire process: 37 days

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