Starbucks Starbucks-Barista Interview Questions

Updated Apr 18, 2015
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Barista - Starbucks Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online – interviewed at Starbucks.

Interview

I applied online and received a call to set up an interview appointment. Dress your best as you should for any interview. You're offered any drink. I would accept it. Why, because you're going to be one of the biggest promoters of this company's product. If you don't drink accept a free product for the company you're applying for it shows lack of passion and excitement. If you're honest, have great work ethic, happy most the time, and like people this interview will be a breeze.

Interview Questions

  • Where do you see yourself in the next five years?   1 Answer
  • Name the hardest problem you came across, and explain you handled that situation.   1 Answer
  • Why do you want to work for Starbucks?   1 Answer

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    Starbucks-Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kennesaw, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Starbucks (Kennesaw, GA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Everything was perfect especially sincevit was only my second interview my whole life after filling out an online application I got a call from the store two days later askibg if I could schedule an interview for the same day. I went to the interview dressed very professional black dress pants acwhite collard shirt and heels I also keot my nose stud ring in as well when I walked it they offered me a free drink ok my choice and I sat and waited I akso had a typed resume with a cover letter at hand. The process was very laid back and the manger made me feel really comfortable and confident about myself she told me about the Starbucks company about herself qnd the work atmosphere and she asked me about my work history and if I had any questions. After that she hired me on the spot.

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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Starbucks in April 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online – you are able to choose up to 5 stores at a time. After you submit your application you will get an email with information of the stores you applied for and an inclusive message that reads: “We are always accepting applications for our retail stores; however, some locations may not be hiring at the time of your application. Your application will be available for consideration for 60 days. After 7 days your application will also be available for consideration at store locations within 25 miles of your preferred store selections.” How awesome is that?!

    I didn’t get any calls so I went into one of the stores about a week later, ordered a coffee, and asked “are you still hiring? ☺”. The store manager asked for my name and said she would call me. The next week I got a call and was asked a few questions, one being “Why Starbucks?” Be honest, energetic, and friendly! Make sure to read a little about Starbucks history and express all the reasons why you love it. I went to my interview; get this, to the wrong location! (I was called from a store about half a mile away not the one I went into – make sure you don’t do that!) I walked in (5 minutes late), did not mention the incident, asked for the manager, was offered a free drink of my choice and the manager came out to greet me and interview me.

    Interview: The manager was lovely. It was really more like talking. If you have never had work experience just think of examples that have happened in your volunteer experiences or even with your family. They just want to know that you are friendly and a go-getter. Ask questions! I learned so much about the company and love it so much more because of it. Ask about the manager’s background. People love to share their experiences and this shows that you are friendly and interested in your peers and people in general. This is a customer service job so being nice and outgoing is essential!

    I got the job on the spot! Remember, smile a lot, be nice, shake hands, and pretend the manager is your best friend, but stay professional. The best of luck future partners!

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time your received criticism from your peers or manager and how did you handle it?
      Tell me about a difficult experience you had at work and how did you handle it?
      How do you make sure things get done?
      How did you first built relationships with your old coworkers?
      Are you still friends with your old coworkers?
       
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Apple Valley, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Starbucks (Apple Valley, CA).

    Interview

    Simple and enjoyable process. Manager was quick to communicate. Went into the store and chatted with the manager. Then had two interviews. After that I was informed I was waiting on my background check.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you used great customer service?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation

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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    It was super de super easy. Just have a positive attitude and believe you've already got the job. It's a very laid back, easy going company. Good luck! Have fun with it!

    Interview Questions

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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview

    applied online, and got a call the next day from the store manager to make an app for a interview at the store. Once there he asked me about my experience, what I was looking for, what did I knew about starbucks as a company, and what were my expectations of the job, goals in my life, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you think you would be a good match for this job?   1 Answer
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview

    I interviewed with two managers of two different new jersey starbucks. They were nice and friendly. They asked me some typical interview questions, such why I wanted to work for starbucks and describe my customer service experience. They also explained that I get a free drink after the interview. Furthermore, they explained that they are meeting with different candidates to fill the open positions in the northern New Jersey stores. They asked me what my preference was for shifts and what hours I was currently looking for at the position as well as the pay rate which I thought was fairly low but I wanted to experience, why people loved working at Starbucks for myself. Afterwards. They told me, they would get back to me a d that they should hear back from them by Monday at the latest. They never called me back, instead I had to call the store that one of the managers worked with, to find out the status of my interview. The manager told me that I should hear back from the manager that day and provide some the contact details for the store, they send my information as a potential employee. I received a call for the manager the same day and I scheduled to meet with them the following day and they asked me a few questions about my customer service experience and why I wanted to work for Starbucks. The interview was laid back and she was very friendly and explained the process thoroughly. I also liked that she received my comments from the previous two managers about that I was interested in building a career with the company and she explained how I can move up to an eventual manager position which was my goal. She also offered me a free drink and greeted me from the moment I walked through the store which was a plus. I liked the interview process since everyone who a really friendly and very engaged in the interview. I believe the atmopshere and the managers are very friendly at starbucks a d they appear to support their employees. I never saw anyone that was miserable there or slacking off of work. I recommend people to interview there, just for the positive experience, since they provided the ideal experience for an interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you work at Starbucks?
      Can you describe an experience where you couldn't meet a customer's expectations and how you fixed the situation?
       
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Starbucks (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied to Starbucks on the Starbucks website. I literally applied to like 20 locations ; They let you apply to 5 locations at once. So take advantage ! I got a call back after 3-4 days.First Phone interview was simple, they asked what I used to do at my last job and availability. I believe they transferred me to another store, because a location i didn't apply to called me back 2 hours later. On this phone interview he asked what school i attended, what tasks i did at my last job to improve customer service, and my availability, basically the same like the other. Then after the questions he told me come in for an interview two days after. My interview was at 2pm, got there 10 min early, they offer you a drink, i accepted, I heard it was apart of the interview. So it would be best if you take it too. They are suppose to interview you twice, once at the original store and with another manager at a different store. But he did mines both at once, so two people were interviewing me at the same time. I was so freakin nervous!!! They basically asked behavioral questions on how to deal with customers and handling authority criticism, and the famous question why you want to work at starbucks. The interview lasted 15 minutes . They were very friendly. At the end they asked do you have any questions. Make sure you come up with a question to ask, so you seem interested. He then told me they are going to run a background check and later on in the day i will get an email and a call pertaining the BC. He did call precisely 10 minutes after asking for date of birth, and saying if the BC came back as a pass, they will call to see if your still interested. which to me basically meant they wanted to hire me. 4 business days after the background check, I got a call back saying they wanted to hire me for the job, and that I started two days after.

    Interview Questions

    • How did you handle a conflict you had with a co-worker?Did you ever have a task where you had to work efficiently in a matter of time?How did you handle?   1 Answer
    • How did you handle criticism from your manager? Did you ever make any mistakes at your previous job, and how did you handle it?   1 Answer
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?How did you do with customer service on last job?   1 Answer
    • Tell me about yourself?   1 Answer
    • Why do you want to work at starbucks?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No i was not. they did not mention my salary pay until my first day. My stores starting rate was $11.00/hr

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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Altos, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Starbucks (Los Altos, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Sat down with the manager, discussed the job and my qualifications. We discovered I had much experience that would qualify me not only for the job I currently hold, but that my prospects of advancement were good. Manager went over benefits, her experience with the company. We discussed my availability and my plans for the future.

    Interview Questions

    • Did I realize how physically demanding the job is and was I up for it?   1 Answer
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Starbucks in March 2015.

    Interview

    Met with the SM and ASM and thy asked several behavioral questions based on previous customer service experience. They were very nice and offered a drink. ACCEPT THE DRINK. it shows you like there product and you're comfortable in the atmosphere.

    Interview Questions

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