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25 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 26th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 25
How important is it to keep the barista station clean during your shift?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to hear that you understand it is essential to keep the barista station clean and tidy at all times. Tell the interviewer that it is imperative to keep the barista station clean during your shift for a variety of reasons.

From a health perspective, it is essential to keep it sanitary. From a work environment perspective, everyone enjoys working in a tidy environment. From a customer perspective, customers want to know their beverages are made in a well-kept sanitary environment; it creates a level of respect for the customer.

Be sure to mention where you have noticed a barista keeping their station clean. Did you see the barista at your local coffee shop wiping down the counter frequently during your last visit?

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Question 2 of 25
What is the first thing you noticed when you walked into our coffee shop?
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Many interviewers will ask this question to see how observant and engaged you are. If you are genuinely interested in working for this coffee shop, you will have noticed some of the great things about them when you first entered the building. Keep your response light and positive! This question is not the time to begin criticizing or offering suggestions on how to improve.

Question 3 of 25
What is a Caf? Breva, and why can it be challenging to make?
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The interviewer would like to know that you understand the difference between a cappuccino and a Breva. Sometimes, there are minimal differences between drinks, but a great barista is just like a bartender - able to know the small nuances between drinks. If you know how to make a Caf? Breva, walk the interviewer through it, and discuss why you believe it's harder to make than some drinks. If you do not know how to make a Caf? Breva, that is okay. It's then important you express to the interviewer that you are eager to learn.

Question 4 of 25
Tell me about a time when you received criticism from your manager. How did you react?
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How to Answer
This question is another way for an interviewer to ask you what your weaknesses may be. When you are thinking about examples of criticism, it's best to show that you want to grow as an employee and that you can handle constructive criticism professionally. Feedback from a manager helps you learn and improve the quality of your work. Give examples that would not make you exempt from the role. For instance, if you are interviewing to be a barista, you do not want to mention that your manager said you were terrible at interacting with customers!

Question 5 of 25
Would you give someone you know a free coffee?
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You understand that ethics are fundamental in a place of business, and the interviewer wants to hear that you will appropriately charge each customer for their order. The response to this question should always be no, you would never give away free product, even if it were a simple cup of coffee.

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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 03/27/2014
Last modified on: 12/26/2018

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