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Updated Apr 20, 2014
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Anonymous Employee
Tacoma, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in August 2013.

Interview Details – If you submit an online resume, you will most likely NEVER hear back from the hiring managers; your resume is literally one of hundreds, sometimes thousands for just a single store. If you know someone who works there, ask them to give you a recommendation. If you don't have a Starbucks network available, hand in your resume in person and ask for the store manager (as well as submitting an online application)

Interview Question – All the interview questions are behavioral-based, such as:
-Give me an example of a time when your employer gave you constructive criticism, and how you reacted.
-Give me an example of how you work well in a team.
Make sure to have very specific answers.
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Negotiation Details – You basically start out at minimum wage, then you get tips when your training is completed. After 3 months of working at least 20 hours/week, you are eligible for full benefits and stock options.

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Anonymous Employee
Denver, CO

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Starbucks in September 2010.

Interview Details – Single one-on-one interview - focused on understanding my history, past work experience, desires for the new position, why seeking a new position - manager seemed genuinely interest in me and my background - very informal - took place at the store in a relaxed environment over a cup of coffee(of course!)

Interview Question – Most difficult question is identifying one's weakest traits   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Royal Oak, MI

I applied in-person and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Starbucks in January 2014.

Interview Details – Everything was behaivoral based questions

Interview Question – I was asked when I treated someone with respect even though the other had not   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not able to negotiate and they pay close to minimum wage.

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Interview Details – Very laid back but to-the-point. Very informed interviewing process. Background check. No drug testing required.

Interview Question – "Have you ever made a decision in a former place of employment that overrode your manager's authority?"   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Open. Very flexible.

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Anonymous Employee
Miami, FL

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Starbucks in August 2011.

Interview Details – One on one interview with the manager

Interview Question – Explain a time you dealt with a difficult customer and how you handled it.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Troy, MI

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Starbucks in December 2011.

Interview Details – applied online, got a call after one month for interview. interview was easy, basic customer service experience questions and workplace related questions. and then was scheduled for another interview for second opinion at another starbucks with another manager.

Negotiation Details – i applied for assistant manager but they said they dont need one right now, so they offered me barista position with the minimum wage. i took it thinking i would get promoted later based on my experience and work but never happened.

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Anonymous Employee
Geneseo, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Starbucks in October 2013.

Interview Details – I kept looking for an opportunity to work for Starbucks. The person from college HR department interviewed me on the day of me walking into their office, got my resume and said she did not have any open positions. After I got home, I emailed that person with a list of reasons why I wanted to work for Starbucks on campus and why they had to take me. 2 weeks later there was a couple of open shifts and they called me back.

Interview Question – Are you going to be fully committed?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Time was the biggest issue to negotiate.

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Anonymous Employee
New York, NY

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

Interview Details – I applied online and was called 2 days later. After a brief (and unprofessional) phone interview, I was asked to come in the next day for an in store interview. After having a 15 minute interview with the assisstant store manager, I was told I would receive a call to come in for training after a background check. I was called a week later to start the following Monday.

Interview Question – What do you like best about Starbucks? Why a coffee shop? Can you deal with this fast-paced environment?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, starting pay is 9$ P/H

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Clayton, NC

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

Interview Details – I was called up about a week after I put in my application online. They brought me in for an interview and within 2 weeks of submitting my application, I was hired. They really needed people that were willing to work weekends and during holidays. They hire the most people right after summer, because all of their specialty beverages (Pumpkin Spice Latte, etc etc) are mainly fall and winter drinks and people go nuts over them.

Interview Question – If you were a Starbucks beverage, what would you be? What represents who you are and why?   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee

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

Interview Details – It's a standard interview; they will ask about your availability, sales/service experience, how important is the customer, etc. Just like any other interview, the important thing is to be yourself. Wear something nice, clean up your face/hair and smile, and you should be pretty certain to get the job. It's all about showing that you're teachable/available.

Interview Question – What was your reasoning for leaving your previous job?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There wasn't much negotiation; it was either take the $8/hr or nothing.

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