How to Get a Job at Starbucks

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If you are enthusiastic, trustworthy and quality-conscious, Starbucks might be interested in you. The coffee powerhouse offers lots of opportunities for qualified candidates to make and serve specialty hot and cold coffee drinks for customers who enjoy the company's beverages and laid-back atmosphere. Starbucks also offers part-time jobs, so you can work while your children are in school and still have time to interact with them in the afternoons.

How to Get a Job at Starbucks

Go in person to your nearby Starbucks, and fill out an application for a fast track to a job there. Bring a form of ID, such as a driver’s license, state identification card, passport or birth certificate. Fill out the application; if you are applying for a barista position, you must study a training handbook and then pass a test on the information.

Alternately, fill out an application online at the Starbucks website. Click on the interview and resume section, and then use the drop-down menu to select a role, such as a barista, and fill out that specific application. If you receive a call for an interview, you'll follow the same steps as if you applied in person.

How to Get a Job at Starbucks Corporate

Fill out an online application for a job at Starbucks corporate offices. Go to the Starbucks website and click on corporate careers. Use the drop-down menu to select the type of job you're applying for, and fill out the application. There are many choices for working with the corporate office, such as administrative support, manufacturing and distribution, accounting and finance, and technology. If you get a call from the corporate hiring office, go to the interview and put your best foot forward.

What Is a Barista Job at Starbucks?

A Starbucks barista provides customer service in a professional manner. Baristas take orders for coffee drinks, make them to the customer specifications and serve them. They might also operate credit card machines and cash registers. Baristas answer questions from customers as well as complaints. They might perform cleaning of machines, floors and bathrooms.

Do You Get Tips Working at Starbucks?

The actual wages for baristas are not reported by Starbucks, but Glassdoor reports that wages are between $7 and $15 per hour, whether part-time or full-time, with the average being about $10 per hour. These figures are reported from actual baristas at Starbucks. The average amount of tips for a barista is approximately $1,279 per year. Baristas also get cash bonuses, stock bonuses, profit sharing and commission sharing.

Starbucks also offers other job benefits such as health, vision and dental benefits and life insurance. You might also receive a 401(k) retirement plan and paid vacation.

What Do You Wear to a Starbucks Interview?

As in all job interviews, match your interview attire to that of the job you are applying for and the customers. Starbucks is well-known for customers who are young to older professionals, so your interview clothing should reflect that. Choose a business casual look. When applying for a barista job, a woman could choose slacks and a simple blouse, probably in a solid color, without frills. A man might wear khaki pants and a plain, colored polo shirt.

If you are interviewing for a managerial position at a local Starbucks, you'll need to dress up a bit. A pencil skirt that isn’t too tight with a dressier blouse works well for women. Men might wear a shirt and tie. It should still give the appearance of business casual.

The Starbucks Dress Code

Starbucks reports that employees who are not in managerial positions can wear gray, navy, brown, dark denim, black and white shirts with or without patterns. You can also wear a variety of bottoms including shorts, dresses, pants, skirts and dark-washed jeans. You can have permanent or semi-permanent hair color and even wear hats, such as beanies or fedoras. This updated dress code was approved in 2016 to allow employees more personal expression in their jobs.

Another Great Perk

When you are learning through hands-on training, you'll be sipping and tasting the different coffees and drinks so you can explain the differences or similarities between them. Some customers are not sure what they want, and product knowledge is helpful in a barista job. It certainly helps to like coffee, as you'll be a taster and tester before a being a server.