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Top 30 Peets Coffee and Tea Interview Questions

Question 1 of 33
As you know, we have a lot of competitors in this industry. Why do you want to work for Peets Coffee and Tea?
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Question 2 of 33
Describe your leadership qualities.
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The interviewer would like to know what you consider to be strong leadership qualities. When describing your leadership qualities, try to avoid general terms and give some unique ideas.

A great leader is someone who people naturally want to follow. They have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with nearly any personality type. A respected leader will take ownership of their mistakes and will always lead their team by example. True leaders see the importance of motivating others and recognizing even the smallest achievements. Leaders are able to recognize the strengths in others and help coach their team to reach their true potential. With which of these qualities do you most identify with?

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"I have taken a handful of workshops and courses to improve my leadership skills this year. My leadership qualities are best summed as dedicated, attentive, and motivating. I am dedicated to being a good role model and leading by example. I like to recognize my employees' small wins because that motivates them to continue achieving."
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"Here are some other leadership qualities: - Integrity - Ability to inspire others - Attention to detail - Honesty and transparency - Unwavering confidence - Willingness to present new ideas - Patience while training others - Authentic, friendly, and approachable - Empathetic towards others experiences "
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Question 3 of 33
Rate your communication skills on a scale from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?

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"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. I am working on this by making sure that I always check in with my co-workers and ask if they have any questions. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills."
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"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. I believe it is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator, so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
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Question 4 of 33
How would you describe your personality?
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Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your traits vs. your values. Try to think about how your friends or coworkers would describe you. These traits should include buzzwords such as introverted, energetic, confident, friendly and positive.

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"I would describe my personality as approachable, light-hearted, and positive. I always try to see the good in things. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me."
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"Here are some descriptive personality words: - Ambitious - Adventurous - Calm - Creative - Determined - Energetic - Flexible - Honest - Imaginative - Kind - Organized - Persuasive - Resourceful - Talkative"
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Question 5 of 33
Days can sometimes be stressful at Peets Coffee and Tea. How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 6 of 33
Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
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Question 7 of 33
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 8 of 33
At Peets Coffee and Tea, we believe that everyone has leadership capabilities. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
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Question 9 of 33
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role, that will help you in this position with Peets Coffee and Tea.
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Question 10 of 33
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
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Author of Peets Coffee and Tea Answers and Questions

Carly Zucker
Carly Zucker is an Instructional Designer who creates training for higher education, K-12 and organizations. She also has a background in corporate recruiting. With her experience, she enjoys creating fun and engaging material for her learners. When she is not kayaking or trying a new restaurant, she is writing about exciting innovations in education.
Published: 07/29/2018

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Question 11 of 33
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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Question 12 of 33
Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?
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Question 13 of 33
At Peets Coffee and Tea, we are looking for reliable employees who come to work on time. Do you have reliable transportation?
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Question 14 of 33
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 15 of 33
How would your favorite teacher or professor describe you?
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Question 16 of 33
How does this position with Peets Coffee and Tea fit into your career goals?
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Question 17 of 33
Where do you see yourself a year from now?
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Question 18 of 33
When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?
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Question 19 of 33
Have you ever come to Peets Coffee and Tea as a customer? Tell me about your experience.
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Question 20 of 33
At Peets Coffee and Tea we receive many applications on a daily basis. Why should we hire you?
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Question 21 of 33
Walk me through your industry related experience. Which role was your favorite, and why did you leave?
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Question 22 of 33
From your understanding of our job posting, what do you feel your primary duties will be with Peets Coffee and Tea?
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Question 23 of 33
What characteristics do you feel a good barista will have?
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Question 24 of 33
At Peets Coffee and Tea we want to be the best in the coffee industry. Where do you think we could improve?
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Question 25 of 33
At Peets Coffee and Tea we have very high standards when it comes to food safety. Have you ever taken any food safety or hygiene related courses?
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Question 26 of 33
At Peets Coffee and Tea we offer many corporate growth opportunities to our star employees. Where do you see your career with Peets Coffee and Tea taking you?
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Question 27 of 33
Thank you for spending your time interviewing with Peets Coffee and Tea. I realize I have asked you a lot of questions. Do you have any questions for me?
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Question 28 of 33
At Peets Coffee and Tea we have had previous concerns with employee theft. How would you handle it if you caught an employee stealing?
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Question 29 of 33
If a customer complained that you gave them incorrect change, what would you do?
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Question 30 of 33
Are you familiar with the types of products that we serve at Peets Coffee and Tea?
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Question 31 of 33
At Peets Coffee and Tea we are open 7 days a week. We may schedule you for early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays. Are you able to offer flexibility in your schedule, or do you have restrictions?
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Question 32 of 33
Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond at work.
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Question 33 of 33
At Peets Coffee and Tea, we value accuracy and a job well done. Do you always double check or proofread your work?
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About Peets Coffee and Tea

Peet's Coffee & Tea, Inc. (Peet's) is a specialty coffee roaster and marketer of fresh roasted whole bean coffee and tea. The Company sells its coffee through multiple channels of distribution, including grocery stores, home delivery, office, restaurant and food service accounts and Company-owned and operated stores in six states. The Company operates its business through two segments: retail and specialty sales. As of January 3, 2010, the Company operated 192 retail stores in six states, through which the Company sells whole bean coffee, beverages and pastries, tea and other related items. Its stores are designed to facilitate the sale of fresh whole bean coffee and to encourage customer trial of its coffee through coffee beverages. Each store has a staff person at the bean counter to take orders and assist customers with questions on coffee origins and on home brewing.

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