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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.