How to Go on an Interview at Starbucks


Voted one of Fortune Magazine's 100 best companies to work for in 2011, working for Starbucks comes with many benefits. Starbucks employees may enjoy such benefits as medical, vision and dental insurance; childcare support; domestic partner benefits; a retirement plan; and, of course, free coffee. If you are interested in a retail position at Starbucks as a barista, or, if you are experienced and are interested in a supervisor position, you can begin the application process required to obtain an interview by visiting the Starbucks official website.

  • Visit the "Retail Careers" page of the Starbucks website. Click "Apply Now," under the "Retail Positions" section to go to the "Jobs by Location" page.

  • Scroll through the "city" and "state" menus and select the city and state, to search for jobs nearest to your desired employment area. Starbucks also offers the option to search for jobs by zip code. When searching by zip code, the search engine will look for results within 25 miles of that zip code. Click the green button next to the chosen search fields to find results.

  • Review the addresses. Click on addresses of Starbucks locations to see which places are hiring and for what positions. Starbucks gives applicants the option to apply to multiple positions at once. Click the "Apply" button next to the desired position to start the official application process.

  • Select additional locations to submit your application; then, click "Begin Application." Review the disclosure and follow the directions and prompts to complete the application, choose a username and password and upload a resume outlining your experiences relevant to the position.

  • Wait up to 60 days for an interview request. After 60 days, your application becomes inactive and you can update it and resubmit it.

  • Prepare for the interview in advance. Read books, visit job counselors or watch self-help videos to learn how to behave and what to expect on a job interview. Research and become informed about the Starbucks Company. Prepare questions in relation to the position that you can ask at the end of the interview. Asking questions shows that an interviewee has a genuine interest in the job. For food service positions like those at Starbucks, expect questions about working with others, handling multiple tasks, working in fast-paced environments and working with the public.

  • Dress professionally and arrive at the interview approximately 10 minutes in advance. Bring a copy of your resume printed on business paper. Starbucks retail interviews typically take place inside the café, during business hours and while customers are around.

  • Accept a cup of coffee to drink while waiting, if offered, to show appreciation for the Starbucks product. If the interviewer does not offer coffee, buy one. You may wish to eliminate any hint of coffee breath by swishing your mouth with water or by using a breath spray.

  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer during the interview and do not be distracted by surrounding activities. Leave the cup of coffee alone during the interview to avoid fidgeting with the cup. Sit upright and demonstrate to the interviewer a good attitude and positive social skills. When the interview ends, shake hands and thank the interviewer for his time.

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