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Starbucks Starbucks-Barista Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2014
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Barista - Starbucks
Rehoboth Beach, DE

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Starbucks in December 2012.

Interview Details – I filled an application online. I called and talked to the manager to set up an interview which took a month to get in. I left the interview felling confident for I previous Starbucks experience working at the kiosk in Safeway. After the interview I had to wait for my background check to go through so I could be hired.

Interview Question – Have you ever had a customer with a complaint? How did you handle it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I wanted to get a higher pay because of my previous management experience and it had to be cleared with the district manager.


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Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
Houston, TX

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Starbucks in May 2014.

Interview Details – Very conversational. The longer the interviewer the better. The interviewer did not ask a billion questions, they just want to get to know WHO you are. They do offer you a coffee. Always accept, but do not make it to complicated. If you do not like coffee or have never tried it, ask for a blonde roast or a caramel machiatto.

Interview Question – Why Starbucks?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None available.


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Positive Experience

Average Interview

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Barista - Starbucks

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

Interview Details – I was on indeed.com job searching and I came across this ad. I applied online and I got a phone call 2 weeks later. I scheduled for an interview for the next week and I got the job. The whole process was around 3 weeks.

Interview Question – They were basic, simple questions. For example "what are your strengths and weaknesses ¿" and ai was also asked to pretend to sell them a product to see how I d. They also ask about your knowledge vof Starbucks and your background work/volunteer history.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Just go in dressed up sharp and accept their free coffee and just stay calm and cool, everyone is usually very nice.


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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Barista - Starbucks Interview

Barista - Starbucks

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

Interview Details – I applied online and received a phone call about a week later to set up an in person interview. Pretty lengthy interview for a barista position; maybe half an hour. General questions that measure work ethic, personality, integrity etc.

Interview Question – None of the questions were particularly difficult or unexpected. What was unexpected was the sheer number of questions that were asked.   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Average Interview

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Barista - Starbucks
Walnut Creek, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Starbucks in June 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online and received a call for an interview a week later. The interview was very laid back and the questions were mainly aimed towards personality and previous work experience. They offer a free drink, but I didn't accept it because I thought it would be rude for some reason (don't be dumb like me, take the damn drink offer!) After it was finished he said he'd call me the next day. He didn't call the next day, so I decided to follow up on the interview two days later and he ended up offering me a position!

Interview Question – Think of a time when someone was unhappy with your quality of work.
Do you think you'd be intimidated with being the newbie of a tight knit corporation?
Do you think positive reinforcement is important in the workplace?
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Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Barista - Starbucks Interview

Barista - Starbucks

I applied online and interviewed at Starbucks.

Interview Details – You meet the district manager after you meet the store manager. I think it was specific to that district. I was asked about customer service skills and timeliness and my feelings about uniform. They even offered me a free drink. The process is not long the entire interview was about half hour. Took a month to know I was hired and started working a week later.

Interview Question – How did I go out my way in my previous job?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Barista - Starbucks Interview

Barista - Starbucks

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

Interview Details – apply online, in store interview, phone interview. Background Check followed by an in house training sessions as well as a single starbucks experience seminar. Some hassling of the store and store manager was required.

Interview Question – "describe a time when you did not meet expectations and how you handled it"   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – non-existent


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

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Barista - Starbucks

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Starbucks in July 2012.

Interview Details – I interviewed in the lobby of the actual store I applied to. The manager was very friendly and professional. She even offered me a free drink. I dressed business casual - blue collared button up and black slacks. The questions were tailored to draw out my experience working in stressful environments and with a team.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you had to confront a difficult situation at work or school.   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Average Interview

Barista - Starbucks Interview

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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Negative Experience

Average Interview

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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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