Barista Job Interview Questions

Your resume caught the eye of the employer and now you have an interview for the barista job that you applied for. These positions are highly competitive and so it’s time to start preparing for the interview and brainstorming answers to their questions.

If you rehearse, then your efforts will pay off and you will feel more confident going into the interview. We have put together 45 possible questions they could ask you.

  1. Why would you like to work for us?
  2. What would you do if a customer wasn’t happy with a coffee you made them?
  3. Describe an experience when you felt stressed? How did you manage?
  4. How will you remain focused each day with the monotony of making coffee?
  5. Do you have a favourite coffee drink?
  6. Explain a time when you provided excellent customer service?
  7. If you served a friend would you give them a free coffee?
  8. What are your favourite coffee techniques you use?
  9. Has there been a time when a customer was not satisfied?
  10. Can you tell me what a Breve is?
  11. Have you positively influenced someone in your life before?
  12. How do you define excellent customer service?
  13. Do you have a good memory, can you memorise a list of ordered items?
  14. When a customer orders a double double, what does this mean?
  15. Are you able to work in a fast paced environment?
  16. Can you name some coffee milk alternatives?
  17. Would you be disappointed if a customer didn’t leave a tip?
  18. How would you make a latte?
  19. Why do you like to work in a cafe or coffee shop?
  20. What did you like most about your barista course that you completed?
  21. Do you have a problem with working weekends?
  22. Explain a situation where you worked well in a team?
  23. Are you good at multi tasking?
  24. Discuss a time where you had to solve or make a quick decision?
  25. What processes do you complete to ensure your barista area is clean?
  26. Has your boss ever asked you to do something that you didn’t want to do?
  27. What would you do in an emergency situation eg fire?
  28. What makes you stand out against the other job applicants?
  29. This position requires early starts can you maintain this?
  30. What made you want to become a barista?
  31. What espresso machines have you worked with?
  32. What is your work availability?
  33. Would you complete further training in the coffee industry?
  34. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  35. What is the difference between a latte and cappuccino?
  36. What would you do if you saw your fellow employee take money from the register?
  37. If you were late for a shift what would you do?
  38. What would your former employer say about you?
  39. When are you able to start?
  40. Why did you leave your last job?
  41. What kind of salary do you want?
  42. Do you have any questions for me?
  43. What is a mistake you have learned from?
  44. How can you be a successful barista?
  45. Tell me about yourself?

If you have been asked any other questions in a barista job interview please contact us we would love to grow this list.