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Starbucks Starbucks-Barista Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2014
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Barista - Starbucks

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

Interview Details – Short, simple, and straight to the point. Starbucks does not drug test, they only do a background check. Just be yourself and try to smile. They're looking for folks who want to grow with the company. They're not looking for individuals looking for a quick buck.

Negotiation Details – Negotiate pay.


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Barista - Starbucks
Fullerton, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in December 2010.

Interview Details – Simple, why should we hire you? What do you know about coffee? What is your availability? all the basics. Do you go to school? Do you have family with the company? How many hours can you work a week? What do you like about Starbucks? Make sure you dress nice, talk clear, and talk with the manager, look them in the eye.

Interview Question – What is your knowledge on coffee?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No


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Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
Palo Alto, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Starbucks in July 2014.

Interview Details – I submitted my application online, through the Starbucks website. It was easy and simple, but takes awhile, like most online applications do. I was able to pick 5 locations at which I was willing to work. I received a phone call a day or two later from Chris, a Starbucks Manager. He wanted to know if any other Starbucks Managers had contacted me. They hadn't.
I interviewed in person soon after. The interview was informal - in the store at the tables with customers all around. It is rather nice that they offer you a free drink when you interview. The questions were basic. Why do you want to work for Starbucks? Because it's reliable and I can bike to it and coffee sounds fun and smells nice. Are you only interested in working for chain stores? No. Why is your availability only between these hours/do you even know what our store hours are? No I don't, actually! Is anything going to show up on your background check? No, there is nothing there. This question seemed to be his biggest concern. Starbucks conduct the background check soon after.
I thought I interviewed horribly. I couldn't always hear the Manager, because the store is loud. I was slightly surprised to get the job - I guess they just want to know that you're not crazy and you're reliable. In this expensive area, it seems that these minimum wage positions may not have the largest worker pool to chose from.

Interview Question – Unexpected: Do you have a nickname?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Uh, as far as I know, there is no negotiation phase to a minimum wage Barista position.


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Starbucks-Barista

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in March 2014.

Interview Details – I was an employee referral. I submitted my application online. The store manager called me asking if I was available for an interview.

A week later, I walked in business casual. Stayed close to the walkway towards the back room until a barista approached me. Said my name and that I was here for the Store Manager for an interview. The SM offered me a drink. I accepted. We sat down in the lobby. It was slightly distracting with drinking being called out and rambunctious children. The interview took about 10-15 minutes. Asked me about my previous work experience. Ran through some typical interview questions, and if I was ok with cleaning bathrooms. Got my availability and information necessary for a background check.

a week later, I got a call for my first day of training and asked about attire.

Interview Question – If I was ok with cleaning bathrooms and mopping floors was must unexpected. But it is something that everyone does.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Base pay typically off of experience. Degrees are irrelevant.


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Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
Clarksville, TN

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Starbucks in December 2013.

Interview Details – Stay persistent! Had to go by and meet with the manager a few times to get to the actual interview process. It was a one time 45 minute interview where we each drank a cup of coffee and talked about prior work experience and why you would want to work in coffee. Very laid back!

Interview Question – How would you handle a customer who got their coffee and then turned around and complained at you that it was made wrong, even if you did not make it yourself.   View Answer


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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.


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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


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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


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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

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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

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