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1. How important is it to keep the barista station clean during your shift?
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List of Barista Interview Questions
  1. How important is it to keep the barista station clean during your shift?
  2. Do you like coffee? What are your favorite brews?
  3. Would you give someone you knew a free coffee?
  4. Describe a situation in which you were able to positively influence the actions of others in a desired direction.
  5. When were you not able to help a customer be completely satisfied?
  6. What is a Breve?
  7. Are you a self-taught barista, or do you have any training? Either way, how do you feel your training has prepared you for this career?
  8. What is a macchiato?
  9. Have you ever worked in a fast manner?
  10. Have you ever worked in a coffee shop before?
  11. How well is your memory? Have you ever had to memorize a list of items before?
  12. If a customer said they wanted a double double, what are they referring too?
  13. How do you keep focused while doing an easy task?
  14. Tell me about a time when you gave exceptional customer service?
  15. Would you be upset if a customer orders three drinks and leaves no tip?
  16. Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
  17. How do you make a latte?
  18. How well do you remember names?
  19. Tell me about a time when you worked a few hours straight without a break?
  20. Have you ever had to do multiple tasks at once?
Contributing Author
Diana D'Souza
HR Professional
Barista Information
August 17th, 2017

Baristas work in coffee houses where they are responsible for preparing and serving a variety of hot and cold coffees to patrons. Baristas have extensive knowledge of different types of coffee-based beverages such as espresso drinks, flavored and iced coffees, blended coffees, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. In addition to serving coffees, they also served cafe food such as sandwiches, cakes, cookies, muffins and other baked items to customers.
While there are no minimum qualification requirements to become a barista, it is imperative that you know what the role involves and are familiar with how to make and serve different tea and coffee based beverages. Most cafe owners will put their newly hired baristas through a training period so they can familiarize themselves with the cafe's offerings. A period of internship before applying to an established coffee house will hold you in good stead and boost your employment chances.
At your interview for a barista job, your prospective employer will ask you several questions to test your knowledge of the job. Be prepared to answer questions about your work experience. What was the size of the coffee house that you worked in earlier or where you did your internship? What were your responsibilities during your work experience? What kinds of coffees do you know to prepare? Do you know the technique to preparing a perfect cappuccino?
Remember your communication skills and customer service skills will be tested as rigorously as your knowledge of coffee so be polite and confident when answering questions. Also take some time to read through barista mock interview questions before heading out to your interview.
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