How to get a job at Starbucks

STARBUCKS receives more than 1,000,000 job applications annually.

They hire about 80,000 new people each year (for both permanent and temporary placements).

It is not difficult to do the math: Less than 10% of people who show their interest to work at STARBUCKS actually get a job with the company, with one of their retail stores.

How to belong to the privileged group? What can you do to improve your chances of succeeding? We will try to answer the questions now.


Step by step guide on how to sign a job contract with SB

Complete the online application, or try your luck in the store.

It is not possible to get a job directly in a STARBUCKS store anymore–you need to apply online. At least officially. Try to write as much information as possible when completing your online application, and try to make it relevant.

Pick more job locations and positions, to further improve your chances of getting an invitation for an interview with the company. Completing all fields on the application you show them that you really want the job, and do not take their online application system lightly. The more serious you are on your application, the more seriously they will consider it.

Alternatively you can try walking to a store, or having a coffee a few times in a place, trying to build relationship with one of the baristas.

Later on, you can tell them that you would like to work in the store, and ask them whether they could not help you with your dream. Officially it is not allowed to apply for a job in this way, but it does happen. At the end of the day personal referrals still count for many new hires at STARBUCKS. Why couldn’t you be the next one?


Show passion and determination when you finally get the chance to speak with the shift/store manager.

Once you finally get a chance to speak with the manager (it doesn’t matter if it is an official interview, or if you just meet them in a store, or even in a street), you should show enthusiasm, and demonstrate your motivation to work at STARBUCKS.

Tell them that the meeting means a lot to you, praise the working environment in the store, praise their for the good work they are doing. This is your chance, the meeting you’ve waited for. Try to get the best out of it, try to create a good connection with the decision makers.


Have answers to interview questions ready

When they start considering to hire you, they will ask you some questions. You can expect to hear the following questions in your interview:

  • Why would you like to work at STARBUCKS, and not somewhere else?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you plan to do in five years from now?
  • Tell me a little about your working experience.
  • If another co-worker were gossiping about someone else something which was untrue, how would you react?
  • What would your former colleagues say about you?
  • How long do you want to work at STARBUCKS?
  • What would you do if you were late for a shift?
  • What have you learned in the last year?
  • What is your availability?
  • Would you mind working in the night, at weekends?
  • How comfortable are you in such close quarters with up to five co-workers?
  • Tell us about a conflict you had with one of your colleagues.
  • Why should we hire you?
  • …..


Help with your interview answers

If you are serious about your job search, if you would like to see the entire list of questions for an interview at STARBUCKS, and learn how to answer each one, you should check the interview guide from Mathew Arnolds, an interview coach who worked for STARBUCKS before.

He wrote an eBook that is designed to help young people to get a job with the most famous coffee retailer in the world. You can find his guide here: Link to the guide.



Getting a job at STARBUCKS does not differ much from getting a job with other companies.

The process is simple: Submit a good online application, arrange the meeting with the manager (you can arrange it also directly in the store), show your enthusiasm for the position and for the company, and demonstrate right attitude and skills with your answers to the interview questions.

How well you have to do all of that depends mainly on one thing: the number of people who compete with you for the same vacancy.

At STARBUCKS, you can be sure you will compete with many other people.


May also interest you

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