So, you’ve got an interview at Starbucks! Congratulations.
Brilliant work getting to this point. We know it’s not easy to get a job at one of the most popular coffee shops in the world—they have millions of applicants every year!
But we’re here to help you nail your interview. And when we say “nail,” we mean this: You need to wear something that will make them want to hire you.
Here are our top tips for what to wear to a Starbucks interview:
What To Wear To A Starbucks Interview?
We all know that the first impression is everything. But what if you don’t know what to wear?
That’s where we come in. We’ve got your back with our handy guide to what to wear to a Starbucks interview.
- Wear something comfortable. You don’t want to be fidgeting or tugging at your clothes during the interview—you’ll look nervous and distracted, and it will make you less likely to give your best performance. So skip the tight-fitting trousers or skirt, and opt for something loose-fitting instead (like a pair of jeans).
- If you’re going for a more formal look, try a blazer or jacket over your shirt or top. Remember that you should always dress up if they tell you that they’ll be wearing suits—and even if they aren’t wearing suits, dressing up can help show them respect and appreciation for their time and efforts in scheduling the interview!
- Make sure everything fits well! Nothing says “unprofessional” like an ill-fitting suit—so make sure everything is sized properly before heading out the door!
What are your strengths and Weaknesses?
My strengths include my ability to work well with others and be a good team player, as well as my ability to make strong decisions. I am also a hard worker who is always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
My weaknesses include that I sometimes procrastinate on tasks and don’t always get things done on time.
Tell us about a time when you had to deal with an angry customer and how did you handle it?
When I worked at Starbucks, I had to deal with an angry customer who was upset about the size of her latte. She said it was too small and asked for a new one. I explained that we don’t make drinks to order, so we can’t just make a new one for her. Instead, I offered to give her a free refill as a way to help her out and make sure she got what she wanted. She said “no” and left without drinking anything.
I think this situation could have been handled better on both sides—maybe if the barista had explained how our drinks are made ahead of time, or maybe if the customer had been more understanding when they were told they couldn’t get a new one made specifically for them.
What is one thing that makes you an ideal candidate for this position?
I think I’m an ideal candidate for this position because I love coffee, and I love people. I’ve been a barista for over 2 years now, and I’ve met so many wonderful people along the way. Every day there is something new to learn from my customers—whether it’s how they take their coffee or what their favorite drink is.
I’m really excited about this opportunity not only because it will allow me to continue serving great coffee to great people, but also because it will give me the chance to help people create a space where they can come together as a community. It’s a place where everyone comes from different backgrounds and experiences, but they’re all able to come together over something they all love: caffeine!
How would you describe your personality?
I’m a very kind, patient person. I love to help people, and I’m always willing to listen to their problems. If something’s going wrong in my life, I know that it’s not always about me—and that makes me want to help others even more.
I’m always up for a good conversation and will always try to make sure that everyone feels comfortable around me.
Do you have any experience with retail?
From a management perspective, it was really helpful to be able to relate to customers as if they were my friends. Asking them about their day, remembering their favorite drink (and sometimes even going so far as to remember their order), made me feel like I was making a real difference in their lives—and that’s something that isn’t easy to do when you’re running a business.
But from the customer perspective, it was equally important for me to be able to communicate clearly with the people who worked there. When you’re buying something for someone else, or just want your drink prepared right away because you’re running late, it’s nice to know that someone knows what they’re doing behind the counter.
Wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. You want to be able to show your personality and be yourself, so don’t try too hard. This is not the time to break out the power suit or dress in head-to-toe black.
It’s always good to have a copy of your resume handy, but there are other ways Starbucks asks candidates for their resumes during the interview process.
You should dress professionally but comfortably. We want to see that you can fit in with our team and the environment we create at Starbucks. Don’t overdress or underdress—you want to look like yourself!
You should bring along a copy of your resume and any other documents that have been requested by your interviewer. Also, bring a pen and paper for note-taking during the interview; you never know when someone might ask for an example of something from your work experience or academic record!
Some of the common questions you’ll be asked include: “Why do you want to work at Starbucks?” and “How well do you know our menu?”
If possible, try to prepare answers to these questions before your interview so that they’ll be fresh in your mind when they come up!
While the dress code for a Starbucks interview varies from company to company, it’s generally accepted that you should dress professionally. If you’re interviewing at a corporate location, this means wearing slacks or a skirt and a button-up blouse or blazer.