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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

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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

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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

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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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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.

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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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Accepted Offer

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Barista - Starbucks
Kenner, LA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in June 2011.

Interview Details – The hiring process was relatively short. I put in a online application and 2-4 weeks later was called in for an interview. The interview consisted of the most basic questions imaginable. A week or so later I was called for an offer of said position and accepted. Training for the position began the following week.

Interview Question – For me the most difficult question was name three things about yourself that you could work on. I feel like this is a trick question.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, I started at $8.40 which was a dollar over minimum wage and was please at the time.

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Barista - Starbucks

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

Interview Details – I applied to the specific store along with a few other locations. I was a minor, and it would be my first job. I had no other job experience. After applying online, I waited about a week, and then finally called asking about my application. The store manager was not there at the time, but one of the baristas who answered the phone gladly took my name down. I was very nice to him over the phone, and very thankful. This can be pretty important, because I have heard stories from other baristas that don't even put the person's name down if they are rude or sound uninterested. After he took my name down, I received a call a few days later from the store manager. We spoke over the phone, where she asked some basic questions like "Why do you want to work at Starbucks" and the most common "Tell me about yourself." Another question was on availability. I made myself as available as possible with no limitations, and I truly feel that this aided in my employment. She immediately set up an interview for the very next day. I went in, letting one of the baristas know that I was here to see the store manager about a job interview. She was with another applicant across the store from me so I sat down quiet and alert. A barista will offer you a complimentary drink. Do accept the drink, it's a little bit of a test, or so some say. However, I would suggest graciously accepting the drink and thanking them for taking time out to make one for free. It might look even better if you offer to pay at first. After waiting about 20-30 minutes, she finally sat down with me where we switched to sitting outside. The basic questions are situational ones that you have done in the past. If you did not have a prior employment like I did, then your interviewer will tell you to refer to school/club situations. They are very big on volunteers and people actively involved in their community. They will ask situations that sound wordy and difficult, but if you get past the vocabulary it asks pretty basic stuff. Always refer to these stories on practicing leadership and cooperation amongst groups in situations like school and any volunteer groups you were at. Be sure to fit in a variety of stories with colorful backgrounds so the interviewer may get a further insight on what you did besides just saying "I vounteered at a homeless shelter". Instead, say "Well, during one of my volunteer shifts at the soup kitchen, several group members were stealing the supplies. I practiced honesty and leadership by telling them that what they were doing was wrong and proceeded to report them." After the interview's main questions are over, and the interviewer asks "Do you have any questions for me?" If you can't think of anything at the time, ask something about the interviewer. "How long have you worked at Starbucks?" "Do you like it here?" "What's your favorite drink?" A personal touch to the interview, which is what I did, will let the interviewer know that you are friendly and you care about that person and what they have to say. Customer service is more important than anything at this job, so showing that side of you is sure to get you in.

Interview Question – "Tell me about a time that you were criticized for something you felt was not worthy of criticizing?"   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I made myself highly available. Many jobs right now, due to some recent poor decisions in the current presidential administration, end up restricting employers from hiring for full time, due to the requirement of providing benefits for full time employees. This increases the amount of part-timers, because a company that wishes to earn profit cannot spend all of its money on healthcare benefits. This availability could change with the change of administration currently in office, so this answer could vary over the years. There was very little negotiation when I made myself so available, so there would've been no reason to not hire me due to availability. I suggest doing this for yourself, if you are able.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Starbucks in May 2014.

Interview Details – I am applied to several Starbucks store, and never got a response back. So I kind of gave up looking until a few weeks ago my friend said I should apply for her Starbucks store and use her as a referral. I landed a interview like the next week and it was really easy and chill. I had to get my food handlers card before signing my paperworks the following week and you can get that online. After signing my paperworks, I started training the week after.

Interview Question – Explain a time where you got unexpected feedback from an employer.
What do you know about Starbucks?
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Negotiation Details – She said she would call me in a few days because she had to interview another person but my friend texted me right after my interview and basically implied that I got the job. I got a call in two days to sign my paperwork. I did not ask for how much I was getting paid because I did not want to make it seem like I am only there for the money. I really wanted to feel the experience of having a real job.

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Barista - Starbucks

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

Interview Details – The interview was fairly easy. I interviewed with 2 different managers, both realaxed and easy going. The questions to the interview were easy to understand and general in nature. I was also introduced to staff on the clock. I was impressed with the policies and procedures. The hiring process went quickly. I was hired on the spot.

Interview Question – As always, the most difficult question for me is to give an example of a conflict in your work experience and how you handled it.   Answer Question

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