Starbucks Interview Questions

Updated Oct 19, 2014
Updated Oct 19, 2014
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    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    Applications are submitted online. Often people have to call several times to hear back from the store if they have submitted an application. It helps to have a reference or someone you know who already works there, but it is not required. Starbucks does not usually hire people in high school or anyone under 16.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    It was a really simple interview; I was asked why I thought I would be a fit for the company, how I would handle unexpected situations and where I saw myself within the next five to ten years. The best answer to give is to hopefully still be growing with them.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    My interviewer was very nice. I was called almost immediately after submitting an application and brought in for an interview right away. Google "how to interview with Starbucks" and look for videos and articles about potential questions. The interviewer wants to make sure you know how to work under pressure, do everything possible to make a customer happy, and how to problem-solve if something goes wrong. I was familiar with the menu before going in, but a lot of new partners who came in after me were not.

    If you are not familiar with Starbucks visit a location (even if it is not the one you applying to work at) to check out the menu and maybe treat yourself to a drink so you are familiar with the product. You can also look at the menu online. Nobody will quiz on the menu during an interview, but you can mention menu items in your answers to sound more informed for example the interviewer might ask:
    Q "How would you help a customer who has never been to Starbucks select a drink?"
    A "If a new customer came in I would ask him/her do you like really sweet drinks? If 'yes' then I would suggest a white mocha, if 'no' then I would suggest a plain cappuccino."

    Interview Questions
    • Be prepared to talk about a time you helped rectify a mistake. You may get a question like: "When did you make a mistake and how did you fix it?" You can always pause, and if you genuinely don't know how to answer a question you can ask to come back to the question.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. They just said "our base pay for new baristas is $9 plus tips" the tips were not as nice as the shift manager advertised. FYI if your fellow partners don't put the tips in the safe frequently, they WILL get stollen if you work in a busy location.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    I applied online, got a call from one the store managers about a week or 2 later. Went into the interview. Very straightforward interview questions.Why Starbucks? What are your career goals? Name a time you dealt with a dissatisfied customer?

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    District Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First it was a phone interview, pretty basic and simple. Then i had a interview with two area managers inside a StarBucks. Very lad back they where very friendly and put me at ease. They give you a free drink. You also do a coffee tasting. I didnt know much about coffee at the time and I let them know that and they started teaching me right away. So you do learn a little in the interview.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    very easy to handle all around.
    Accepted Offer
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    I put an application in online. They called me back a few days later and set up an interview. Right after I finished the first interview they set up a second one for the next day. It went by pretty fast. They're really relaxed and you sit around drinking coffee and talking. Every time you go in for an interview you get a free cup.

    Interview Questions
    • They ask about some of your flaws and how you're working on fixing them. Just be honest about it and you'll be fine.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The dress code was a bit to strict for my liking.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bolingbrook, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bolingbrook, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    The application was short and online and you could have your application sent to four stores, in the area of your choice. I called to check up on my application left my number got a call for an interview the next day.
    You have two interviews, one with the store manager you would be working for, and another with a different manager of their choice.
    Basic questions, like how would you handle situations questions.
    Easy interview Smile a lot!

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, got a call to interview at a store, got called back for a second interview. Second interview was a panel interview, totally unexpected. Hired immediately after the second interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Starbucks in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    A few days after applying online, I was called to come to a hiring event. I arrived there about 10 minutes before the event began and ordered a drink before checking into the table where the store managers in the area sat. I was then interviewed by an store manager at the location nearest to where I live, because I wasn't sure which location I wanted to work. The interview was pretty easygoing and conversational - it really felt like the interviewer valued what I was telling her as she took notes. She assured me that I didn't need to be nervous and made casual conversation that really did help me to ease up a bit. This is the best interview I've had, trying to get my first actual job. The managers are very friendly and approachable. Overall, this first interview lasted about an hour and I was told I would be called again the following week, but I was called back two days later by a store manager of another location to come in for an interview. This interview lasted about 20 minutes and it was pretty clear to me at this point that I had gotten the job; this second manager was very nice and took down my birthdate and asked me whether I would be able to fulfill the physical requirements of the job. Two days later, I received a call offering me the job, and I accepted. After a background check (which takes up to 32 hours), I will start training at a slower location before being transferred to the busier one I was hired for.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a job expectation-what happened, how did you overcome that, and what did it look like later when you met that expectation.

      Describe a time when you had to make a decision without guidance.

      When you've started up previous jobs, what did you do to make sure you were successful?

      Tell me about a time you were put in a position where you felt that a manager's assignment was unfair. What actions did you take? What was the outcome?
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate. New baristas start at 7.95 an hour and get a portion of the tips - about 1.30 an hour at busy locations.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    I got accepted and put to work the next week. As I was Transferred from Peets i did not have to go through any formal interview process. All discussion was done in person and they called me to tell me my schedule for the next week.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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