Starbucks Barista Interview Questions

Updated 22 Oct 2014
Updated 22 Oct 2014
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Barista Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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Application Details

I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Starbucks.

Interview Details

I applied online to a bunch of locations, and I got a callback from one of the Starbucks. I set up a time for an interview, and then I went there that day. I was a little lost, but got there 15 minutes early. They offer you a drink, and I accepted. After about 40 minutes, the manager came out and we started the interview.

We did it inside the store, so it was kind of loud. Sometimes I could barely hear what the manager was saying, but she was super nice.

I brought a resume, and she asked me a question based on what she saw on my resume. Then she asked, "Why Starbucks?"

I practiced and I think I had a pretty good answer, but of course I was nervous.

At the end, she talked about the responsibilities, pay and all that.

I dressed semiformal. Slacks and a collared shirt.

Interview Questions
  • Can you describe your experience in Nicaragua? (I went there during a summer)   Answer Question
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    hiring process was fairly simple. submit application and then interview. the lady that interviewed me was very nice and the time that she spent with me was a good overview of the company. overall i liked the interview process

    Interview Questions
    • why do you feel that you would be a good fit for the team   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
  2.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    Applied in person and was called back for an interview a couple of days later. The interview was at one of their locations and once I arrived they offered me a drink. I met with the manager of the location and the questions were pretty basic like "Why do you want to work here?" and "How would you handle a customer in this situation?". The interview went pretty well and he said he would call as soon as they had narrowed it down. A couple days later they called and asked me to go to another location for a second interview. When I got there I was again offered a drink and sat down to wait. I waited a good 45 minutes before the manager came to talk to me and she said it was because she forgot what time my interview was at. The interview was basically the same as the first and I was told they would call in a few days after they made a decision.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    Applications are submitted online. Often people have to call several times to hear back from the store if they have submitted an application. It helps to have a reference or someone you know who already works there, but it is not required. Starbucks does not usually hire people in high school or anyone under 16.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Starbucks.

    Interview Details

    It was a really simple interview; I was asked why I thought I would be a fit for the company, how I would handle unexpected situations and where I saw myself within the next five to ten years. The best answer to give is to hopefully still be growing with them.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied online, got a call from one the store managers about a week or 2 later. Went into the interview. Very straightforward interview questions.Why Starbucks? What are your career goals? Name a time you dealt with a dissatisfied customer?

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Applied online, got a call to interview at a store, got called back for a second interview. Second interview was a panel interview, totally unexpected. Hired immediately after the second interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Filled out an in-house application form. Resume and cover letter were not required. Did two interviews - one with an assistant manager, and one with the store manager before getting the job

    Interview Questions
    • What is your best friend like? Why would I hire you over your best friend?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations. It's starbucks
    Accepted Offer
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    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied online, and a few days later I received a call to come into a 1:1 interview the following week. The store manager interviewed me. I was offered a drink of my choice while we talked. The SM was very laid back and friendly. We made small talk, and I feel like the interview went well. I'm fairly certain my only disadvantage was that I'm transitioning out of an office job and am lacking a lot of customer service experience.
    Starbucks store interviews are behavioral based, mostly consisting of questions to determine how you might handle a difficult situation or problem solve. Nothing too tough, and the SM made the interview feel less daunting.
    I was also informed of a district hiring fair the following week by this SM and another store that called me about it, but I was unable to attend. I think I may hear from another store in the future, but I'm not going to wait for the opportunity if something else comes up.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of how you dealt with a difficult coworker in the past.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Starbucks in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    A few days after applying online, I was called to come to a hiring event. I arrived there about 10 minutes before the event began and ordered a drink before checking into the table where the store managers in the area sat. I was then interviewed by an store manager at the location nearest to where I live, because I wasn't sure which location I wanted to work. The interview was pretty easygoing and conversational - it really felt like the interviewer valued what I was telling her as she took notes. She assured me that I didn't need to be nervous and made casual conversation that really did help me to ease up a bit. This is the best interview I've had, trying to get my first actual job. The managers are very friendly and approachable. Overall, this first interview lasted about an hour and I was told I would be called again the following week, but I was called back two days later by a store manager of another location to come in for an interview. This interview lasted about 20 minutes and it was pretty clear to me at this point that I had gotten the job; this second manager was very nice and took down my birthdate and asked me whether I would be able to fulfill the physical requirements of the job. Two days later, I received a call offering me the job, and I accepted. After a background check (which takes up to 32 hours), I will start training at a slower location before being transferred to the busier one I was hired for.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a job expectation-what happened, how did you overcome that, and what did it look like later when you met that expectation.

      Describe a time when you had to make a decision without guidance.

      When you've started up previous jobs, what did you do to make sure you were successful?

      Tell me about a time you were put in a position where you felt that a manager's assignment was unfair. What actions did you take? What was the outcome?
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate. New baristas start at 7.95 an hour and get a portion of the tips - about 1.30 an hour at busy locations.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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