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Updated Jul 23, 2014
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Barista - Starbucks
Hollywood, CA

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Starbucks in January 2012.

Interview Details – Just give the usual " hard working, punctual, honest" worker line. Regardless, it is all up to the store manager to hire. First impression is key. But if the store manager likes your personality, you have the job rather or not you answered correctly or not.

Interview Question – Really it is dummy proof   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation. It is take it or leave it.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in July 2014.

Interview Details – The interview was held at a local Starbucks where there were several area managers meeting with prospective employees. The atmosphere was relaxed, but professional. There were several specific questions asked that required me to describe in detail how I solved a customer service issue in one of my past work environments. I described the issue, what actions I took to solve the issue, and the subsequent outcome of my actions (how the issue was resolved).

Interview Question – The toughest question I was asked had to do with how I handled a situation where a customer was not happy.   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
Spokane, WA

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Starbucks in May 2014.

Interview Details – There were two managers there that I had previously talked to about an interview. When I first arrived they didn't have my resumes that I sent them a week before, but I did bring extras so I handed them each one. Began with the basic questions "Tell me about yourself" and "why starbucks" Now I graduated with an ME degree but Im working on a startup in my spare time so I wasnt looking for an engineering job, but they seemed to be very skeptical about this. I tried to talk heavily about my customer service experience and communication skills and the fact I love Starbucks. Those two questions took about 3 minutes to answer.

Next came the "situational questions" read straight from a piece of paper. There were around 5 and I cant remember all of them...
"Tell me about a time where something went wrong at your previous job and the boss wasn't there-what did you do"
"Give me a specific example of when you encountered unfairness amongst your co-workers and how you handled it"
These took about 1-2 minutes each to answer.

Then she said "well thats it" this was about 10 minutes in and there hadn't been any questions about previous skills, customer service experience, or anything. I didn't even get any questions during my situational responses. If I knew that was going to happen I would have talked more in the introduction. But I feel like they weren't even taking my application seriously since they didnt even have my resume. I was just very disappointed over all on my way out.

Interview Question – "Give me a specific example of when you encountered unfairness amongst your co-workers and how you handled it"   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in December 2013.

Interview Details – The interview process was easy only took 30 minutes. You are told if you're hired right away. You must complete a series of questionnaires when applying online. It took about a week for me to get a call after applying online.

Interview Question – no unexpected questions   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

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Barista - Starbucks

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Starbucks in June 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online got a call within a week. Asked for a in-person interview. It was a Group interview. Mostly General question. They told us that they would call us on the phone is we got a second interview

Interview Question – Nothing to unexpected for the first interview. General questions   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
Vacaville, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in July 2013.

Interview Details – i only had one interview as i was a transfer from one of the companies they bought out but they did as what kinds of drinks i knew how to make and so fourth

Interview Question – how i felt about starbucks.   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

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Starbucks-Barista
Davis, CA

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

Interview Details – The Manager contacted me about 2 days later after I had applied online. The interview consisted of a list of questions she would read to me. Questions:
Why do you want to work for Starbucks?
Describe a situation when you helped to solve a problem?
How would you handle a fellow employee that wasn't doing his job?
Describe a time when a customer was not satisfied with your service. What did you do to fix the problem?
Unfortunately the interviewer was unprofessional, the interview was held outside and she wore sunglasses the whole interview, I couldn't see most of her face and I believe that eye contact is very important. She just read the questions to me on a monotonous and bored manner, I didn't feel a connection with her.

Interview Question – It wasn't difficult just be prepared to answer questions about your customer service skills, ethics, how quickly you learn, how well you work as part of a team etc..   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I received a job offer from another company and I accepted


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks

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

Interview Details – Pleasant managers, encouraging staff, typical questions... willing to teach you what you need to know. Good video training and practice sessions the explain every thing in detail. They want you to succeed! They have flexible schedule and are willing to work with you around college class schedules.

Negotiation Details – Standard wages for this type of position.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
Tustin, CA

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Starbucks in June 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online, got a call the next morning. Short phone interview and was then invited in for another interview in store. Went in the next morning and did the interview with the store manager which ended with her asking me for information to do a background check with. She didn't really seem to care about much other than the fact I had completely open availability, but I did talk up the company alot just to make sure she knew I wanted to work there (I think this helped a lot). Anyway. this was all on wednesday, she said she'd call on friday. She didn't call on friday so I called to follow up and they told me that manager goes between different stores so they didn't know when she'd be back. She eventually called on monday to offer me the job which I took.

Interview Question – STAR format. Typical interview questions, nothing too crazy.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, they pay a little above minimum wage and I just took that.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
New Fairfield, CT

I applied online and interviewed at Starbucks.

Interview Details – simple, standard procedure. I applied online, went through several questionnaires on their sight, talked with the manager on the phone and then went in for the interview. And was offered a position within the hour. Not impressed with the manager. I didn't think she was really starbucks image. I later learned that she was from Friendly's restaurant background.

Negotiation Details – nothing, she said even with all my experience they could only offer me the 6months rate (in CT it was $9.50 p/hr) later when I transferred to Albany, they didn't tell me it would go down to $7.95)

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