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Starbucks Starbucks-Barista Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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Barista - Starbucks
Saint Louis, MO

I applied online - interviewed at Starbucks in June 2013.

Interview Details – 2 Interview Process, Simple Interview questions. Base model interviews and the second interviewer will more than likely ask the same questions as the first interview. Answers could be Very honest and also have the ability to hold and start a conversation with the customers.

Interview Question – None Out of the Ordinary   Answer Question


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Barista - Starbucks
Buffalo, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in April 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online and received a call a week later, though it was a week day at 1. I was able to schedual an interview the same day, and went to the interview. I was offered the free drink, as per usual for starbucks interviews, and declined (due to having some earlier and I was already jittery). My interviewer noticed and commented on it. He then proceeded to fill out some sort of packet that he asked me questions from, most were about past experiences I've had dealing with people. His own body language was very closed off and he kept looking over at his workers and checking his phone. He at one point told me to stop referring to my volenteer experience as my answers. Overall it was very stressful on my end. He did however call me back a week later to inform me I never got the job.

Interview Question – All "STAR" questions based on past experiences.   Answer Question


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Barista - Starbucks
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Starbucks in November 2010.

Interview Details – Hiring process took 1 week. interview with store manager & district manager following day.
Was in training on & off for about two weeks. Very easy to learn & figure out... great environment for young people to work.

Interview Question – Interview questions were pretty casual   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation


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Barista - Starbucks

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

Interview Details – Online application - was contacted within a week by assistant store manager. Interviewed in store with manager, and had a second interview with another store manager at another location. The process is formal but not difficult. Most of the questions are feelers on how you handle working with others, working in a retail environment, and what kind of contributions you bring to the store.

Interview Question – Name a time where someone was disappointed or dissatisfied with your work. How did you react to this situation and what would you do to remedy it?   Answer Question


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Barista - Starbucks
Miami, FL

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Starbucks in January 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process was easy, I was granted a referral from a friend. My manager interviewed me and quit 2 weeks later. Overall seen many people get hired after the first interview. I would suggest to have some previous work experience as a Barista.

Negotiation Details – None


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Barista - Starbucks
Encino, CA

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Starbucks.

Interview Details – Went to hiring fairs. That way you can actually meet the manager(s). Just smile a lot, appear outgoing, and talk about how much you enjoy meeting people and how you've helped customers at your previous job. If you've never worked in customer service before, just talk about volunteer work, school, or other interactions with people. Smile and be friendly!

Interview Question – They asked me about my previous jobs; I really don't remember much else.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I didn't try. I don't think they are open to negotiation unless you have a lot of prior experience and are going for supervisor or higher position.


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Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
New York, NY

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Starbucks in January 2014.

Interview Details – Very laid back. Inquire about your coffee knowledge and why you re interested in becoming a partner with Starbucks. What kind of strengths do you think you could bring to the company? How do you handle irate customers were some of questions they asked of me. All in all a very easy interview process. It took about 45 minutes to complete.

Interview Question – what is difference between being a leader and leadership?   Answer Question


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Very Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
Laredo, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in January 2013.

Interview Details – it was easy they are very outgoing and flexible. There were two interview to go and a background check not big deal. If you didn't kill anyone you good to go

Negotiation Details – there is not negotiation phase


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Barista - Starbucks
Selma, TX

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Starbucks in January 2011.

Interview Details – Applied online. I had a friend who was a shift supervisor at that location, so she put in a good recommendation for me and had the manager look out for my application. Was called for an interview the next day. Even thought I had a college degree, I only got the job because of my friend's recommendation, because I did not have any "restaurant experience."

Interview Question – Describe a time when you had to make a difficult decision, and explain how you came to your decision and why you chose that decision.   Answer Question


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Barista Starbucks
Waldorf, MD

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Starbucks in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online, followed up by popping by the store to see if they got my application, waited for interview appointment call. Within a few days, I had a one-to-one Interview appointment, which was short and to the point. The store was busy at the time. Everyone seemed friendly that was working there so I took the offer to start work. :)

Interview Question – Asked how would I respond to impatient or grumpy customers, to see if I was customer service centered or if I'd let my temper or ego show. I said the customer is always right and smiled.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiating about hourly wage. Be flexible on hours as much as possible but definitely say if you have any restricted availablility (for a good reason like when you're in class or if you have another committment/job).

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