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Starbucks Barista Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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Interview Details – I had experience in coffee shops, learned the dress code, shirts with collars.....bought the book on CD, listen to it over and over, applied for the job, I had no tattoos, the assistant manager, had tattoos from her finger to her elbow! I no longer go to Starbucks.

Interview Question – Availability is the biggest issue. I said I was avail, 24 X7, including holidays, and I wouldbe happy to work any shift. I did not get a call back......they are looking for reasons NOT to hire you.   Answer Question


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Barista
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in July 2013.

Interview Details – Starbucks requires that you submit an online application, rather than applying in person. You apply via their site and can list up to 10 preferred stores. Your application is sent to the managers of those store first, then made available to other managers at a later date. In my experience, it was highly beneficial to go to the stores you applied to an ask to see the manager prior to being contacted about an interview. It helped to put a face to the name. If the stores are hiring, you will be contacted about an interview by the interested store manager. Mine took place in the back of the store and was fairly informal. My manager and I had a brief conversation (a get to know you sort of thing) then moved on to a series of situational questions. These are provided by the corporate office and I didn't get the impression that they varied among stores. They included: Tell us about a time you were late to work, what did you do? What is something you had to do for a job that you did not want to do? How did you handle it? etc. I was contacted with and offer within two weeks of interviewing.

Interview Question – All the questions were fairly straight forward.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was not any negotiation. I began at local minimum wage ($8.25) and received a raise based on the regional profile after six months. After that, baristas receive a performance based raise every six months.


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Barista
Oklahoma City, OK

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Starbucks in June 2014.

Interview Details – Typically when looking for an employee I look at availability that I need for my store. After you apply, you can call and ask for the hiring manager . When you get him or her, asking what day-part they need help will let you know right away where you can get a foot in the door, by making yourself available in that time. There's usually a phone screen with standard questions about you application, if you meet the needs of the store a 1 on 1 interview is set up. While in the interview you are asked, "Why do you want to work for Starbucks?" Think on that a second, and don't just say "for the free coffee" even if you're thinking it. You'll then be asked generally between 1-5 questions about different scenarios. At the end you'll be given the dress code, physical requirements, etc.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time where you failed to meet a customer's expectation. (Why was it a failure? What was the outcome? If you had to do the same situation again would you do anything different?)   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Starting wage is not negotiable. it is $7.80 plus tips.


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Barista

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Starbucks in July 2014.

Interview Details – Within a week of applying I was called in for an interview, which is very nice considering other companies don't reply or respond at all. Manager doing the interview was very nice, told all about the benefits for the job, focused on being friendly with customers and being able to handle being under pressure.

Interview Question – "Do you have a problem cleaning bathrooms?" He asked this because every employee has to do it at some point, and thinks no one should be exempt from cleaning the bathroom.   Answer Question


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Barista
Roseville, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Starbucks in April 2014.

Interview Details – Upon arriving to the store, I approached the barista behind the counter and informed them of my interview. One of them went to the back to let the manager know while the other offered a free drink, which I have accepted. The manager made her appearance, holding a clipboard and a blank sheet of paper to take notes on. She was cordial and straight to the point, explaining that the interview process will mainly focus on questions that will help her understand the personality of the interviewee. A few set of questions asked that I can immediately recall are, "How do you go about meeting new people?", how you organize yourself in order to tackle a busy environment that requires multitasking, whether or not you have work experience, and so forth. The manager was patient and seemed to be understanding, reminding me that it was okay to take my time with my responses to her questions. The most fun part about the interview process was asking her questions and hearing her responses to them which helps me learn a little more about the manager and the company, too. Upon wrapping it up, she had stated that she will be going over the information she had gathered of not only me, but other interviewees and will call accordingly if interested. I asked whether or not they were taking resumes and cover letters and handed them when she had responded with a yes. Overall, it was a laid back sort of interview where you are able to incorporate your interest in working for Starbucks with your response and also, expressing your personality in a general manner.

Interview Question – "How do you go about meeting new people?" My being reserved, I was momentarily stumped, though if asked next time, an answer will flow more smoothly, I'm sure.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Barista Interview

Barista
Denver, CO

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

Interview Details – the online application is very easy to fill out, it takes about 15 minutes to complete it. if the location where you applied to is hiring at the time your application gets to the manager, you will get a call to set up an interview within one or two days. they require no previous work experience and you have to be 16 years old to apply.

Interview Question – there are no difficult questions, they ask you if you are skilled on computers, if you are looking for a full or part time job, if this is your very first job or not. and how you feel about working with heating elements.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no negotiation at all.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Barista Interview

Barista
Chicago, IL

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Starbucks in April 2014.

Interview Details – I submitted my application online and gave my resume to the manager in the store in person. The interview is a two step process (two interviews) but my manager needed to hire, so she brought in another store manager to get both interviews out of the way in one. It was very quick, just 5 minutes. Very simple questions, mostly about me.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Barista Interview

Barista
Omaha, NE

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

Interview Details – Interview with 2 store managers that wasn't going to be my manager. Very friendly and very proud of their company. I was able to talk easily with my interviewers and felt like I had made friends after I left the interview.

Interview Question – Very easy questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I wasn't told my starting rate. So when I started I was shocked to find out I was to be started at minimum wage even though I had over 10 years customer service and previous barista experience.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Barista Interview

Barista

I applied in-person and interviewed at Starbucks.

Interview Details – I believe there were 2 interviews, with fairly typical questions. I submitted a resume in person to begin with. I called later and spoke with the GM who asked me some simple questions about availability and such and then was asked to come in for an interview. You get a free beverage of your choice while interviewing, which was very nice. I believe i was asked a myriad of questions by the GM diring the interview and filled out a questionnaire that we went over. I was called and offered a position after.

Interview Question – I believe it was "What are your shortcomings?" Or something to that affect.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Average Interview

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Barista
Riverside, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Starbucks in April 2013.

Interview Details – First job. Had a current employee refer me to work here, from then on applied online and sent Resume to manager in person. Initial interview was with the Assistant Manager to get to know you, why you wanted to work here and why you'd think you'd be a good fit for this company and what you know about this company. Had a second interview 3 weeks after the initial with the actual Manager, lots of behavioral questions. Strengths and weaknesses, as well as previous work experience questions.

Interview Question – What are your weaknesses and tell me a challenge that you encountered at your previous job and how you overcame it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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