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Starbucks Starbucks-Barista Interview Questions

Updated Dec 15, 2014
Updated Dec 15, 2014
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Barista - Starbucks Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of Industry, CA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of Industry, CA
Application Details

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

Interview Details

Applied online. Got a call within a week. Always accept the drink even if you just want a tall iced water. I suck at interviews and the manager was the nicest ever. She made me feel comfortable and the interview went great.

Interview Questions
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Application done online. Knowing someone that already works at Starbucks who can put in a good word for you helps a lot though. First they will do a phone screening to see if you sound professional. After you pass the phone screening they will invite you to the store for which you are interviewing for. You walk up and say that you are there for an interview. Whoever is in cafe will notify their manager and offer you a free drink of your choice. The interview is fairly relaxed with a lot of questions about customer situations. Basically they are trying to decide if you are someone who will take care of their customers. Passion for the company is a big plus. You will get asked why you want to work for Starbucks and what you know about the company.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    When going through the hiring process I had one phone interview, I was then asked to come in for an in person interview. The first in person interview was with the manager of the store I started out at, I then also had more more interview with a different manager at a different location.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't remember the most difficult question that I had since my interview was now awhile ago, but if you ever are asked a difficult question just remember to breathe. You can ask the person interviewing you to repeat the question and/or you can also say you are not sure and need a moment to think.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Starbucks in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Well I called around and this specific Starbucks was hiring. He looked my application up online ( I submitted it before I called) and told me that my age was iffy (I'm 16) but come down for an interview tomorrow. I came for an interview and I told a fellow Barista that I'm here to speak to the manager. They made me a drink of my choice for free and I sat down waiting for the manager. It took maybe 20 minutes for him to come out and I got there about 7 minutes early. He asked some questions and then told me I was a perfect fit for Starbucks and I carried myself well. This was my first interview of my life but then he told me that it would take time to train me. Time that he doesn't have. So I wasn't hired.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time where you failed and had to fix your mistake.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I got a call after I submitted my application, went in for the interview, went had my background check sent in, and was working within a week. The training wasn't AS specific as it could have been, but overall they did a pretty good job with that. The process of training takes about a week or two.

    Interview Questions
    • "What is a challenge that you have come across in your previous jobs, and how did you resolve the issue."   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They talked over the offer with me. I was pleasantly surprised by the generosity of the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got a phone call back. Initially there was a lot of rescheduling with the manager. I had 2 15 minute interviews within a week. A day after my second interview I was extended an offer. It was a take it or leave it type of deal.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you describe a time you couldn't resolve a customer's complaint. What could have been done differently?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None. You pretty much go in they tell you how much base pay is, explain the tip splits, and any promotional time for increased pay.
    Accepted Offer
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    I was in the store that hired me almost everyday as a regular customer. In fact, I was there so often that the manager asked me if I wanted to work there one day when they were short staffed on the floor. Stores are ALWAYS having issues with staffing turnover and good partner retention due to the fact that barista jobs are temporary/transitional in the minds of almost everyone that applies to the company.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you received unexpected, critical feedback about your performance?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    Keep your answers simple, and to the point. Be thorough, but do not overcomplicate. Remember the most important thing to Starbucks is the customer getting the great "Starbucks experience." They are looking for people who are reliable with a history of reliability.

    Interview Questions
    • What happens if the schedule gets crazy and it seems chaotic. What should you do?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I had worked there 13 years ago for about a year, so they gave me about 75¢ more per hour.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    This involved a single phone call (I later found out the typical process is a phone interview, then an in-person interview, but I guess I was an exception). It mostly involved clarifications about my resume and behavioral-situational questions. Very easy to build rapport if you get a good feel for the person who is interviewing you, and take the time to think through your questions. Also suggest practicing with situational questions ahead of time to get your mind in the right space. Questions were such as, "Recall a time where you had a conflict with a coworker. What was the issue and how did you solve it?" and "Why Starbucks?" Pretty straight forward.

    Interview Questions
    • Was there any time that you had a negative experience with a customer? What happened, and what did you do to try and make it better? (not difficult or unexpected, but important)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. It's a take it or leave it, slightly higher than minimum wage position.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Barista - Starbucks Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    The interview was easy and laid back. They offer you a drink, take it as it is a part of the interview. As long as you act enthused about customer service and starbucks, you will get the job

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

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