Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 07:17 am

A typical take-away cup with starbucks logo. White color, green logoSTARBUCKS 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. You should try and write as much information as possible when completing your online application. 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 (you give yourself more chances of applying where a vacancy is currently available).

Completing all fields on the application, you show them that you really want the job, and do not take their online application process lightly. The more serious you are on your application, the more serious they will be while considering your application.

* Check Job Application Tips for more information on how to write an excellent application.


Try your luck and walk in!

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?

Check also: Simple guide on how to ask for a job referral.


Job interview in STARBUCKS back office, a female interviewer and a male candidate for store manager position. White computer is on a table.

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 them 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? Girls sit together to prepare for thier interview at a caffeteria
  • 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 motivates you in work?
  • 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?
  • …..


Conclusion and next steps

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, if you’re a bit lucky).
  • Show your enthusiasm for the position and for the company, and demonstrate right attitude and skills with your answers to the questions in an interview.

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 of them…

Continue your preparation with us:

  • How to get a job with no experience? Simple guide on getting a a great job while having no previous working experience.
  • How to handle interview nerves – Feeling nervous? You do not have to! Learn how to overcome your nerves and deliver in your interview.
  • Starbucks Interview Guide – Great answers to the most common questions, and a guide on how you can impress your interviewers at SB. From former STARBUCKS manager, and a successful interview coach. Get ready for your interview with SB, and learn something your competitors won’t know!


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