Does Starbucks Run Background Checks?

If you are looking for a job after your release and have experience working in a coffee shop, you might consider applying at Starbucks. You probably wonder if Starbucks runs background checks.

Let’s look at this question.

In this blog post, we’ll cover the following:

  • Does Starbucks Hire Felons?
  • Understanding the Application Process
  • What to Know About the Starbucks Background Check
  • Does the Type of Felony Matter?
  • Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?
  • What to Do if You Fail the Starbucks Background Check

Does Starbucks Hire Felons?

Yes, Starbucks has a history of hiring felons. Of course, they don’t hire all felons. 

The company states that they want to provide an opportunity to those that have a criminal history, which includes those with a felony conviction.

Starbucks looks at each applicant carefully on a case-by-case basis to make sure that anyone they hire fits the company culture and is a good hiring risk.

Starbucks considers a number of factors in their hiring decision, including the seriousness of the offense, the time since the conviction, and other personal factors like experience.

Understanding the Application Process

Starbucks began operation in 1971 and as of 2019 has more than 3,000 locations and 300,000 employees.

When looking for a job at Starbucks, you can take comfort in that there is no question on the application regarding criminal history.

An application at Starbucks is typically completed online. If Starbucks is interested in possibly hiring you, you will be scheduled for a face-to-face interview with a store manager. 

Interview questions mainly relate to your knowledge of the company, your ability to work in a fast-paced environment, using a cash register, and previous experience in making coffee drinks and other types or orders.

Starbucks prides itself on the honesty and integrity of its employees and their ability to provide honest, dedicated service to its customers. So, honesty on your application and in answering all questions about your work history and criminal history is important if you are considered for a position. Not being honest will eliminate you from being hired there.

Any information which is discovered following an interview but not previously revealed, not only will prevent getting a job at Starbucks can also place a felon at risk for a return to prison due to falsification of an application.

What to Know About the Starbucks Background Check

Starbucks does conduct background checks on employees after a conditional employment offer has been made. If a job is offered, you will be asked consent to a background check. 

A typical background check at Starbucks takes about a week.

Typically, Starbucks will consider the amount of time since the conviction as well as the nature of the offense, its severity, and how relevant the conviction is to working at Starbucks.

A background check at different Starbucks may vary because each state has somewhat different laws about how far back a background check can go. 

Starbucks runs a background check to protect the company, the employees, and all customers. They look for discrepancies between the report and how you responded on the application. 

Does the Type of Felony Matter?

Yes, the type of felony makes a critical difference in your chances at being hired at Starbucks.

If you have a conviction for felony theft or for a violent offense, you can probably forget about getting a job at Starbucks.

Theft offenses show your lack of honesty and integrity. A violent crime likely reflects your lack of caring about personal rights and safety of others. 

Either could easily negatively affect your customer relations as the company views it.

Other than those, most felonies will be considered for a position at Starbucks.

Can You Run a Background Check on Yourself?

Of course, you can run a background check on yourself. That is the recommended action to know exactly what Starbucks will discover when they run their check. Be prepared.

If you have any doubt, you can call an attorney and not take a chance on the results. 

You would have the best chance at getting a job at Starbucks or many other companies by having your record expunged if you are eligible to do so.

What to Do if You Fail the Starbucks Background Check

You might not pass the Starbucks background check. Even after running your own background check, Starbucks may still not hire you based on their results or for any other reason. They don’t hire all felons.

If you don’t get a job at Starbucks, it’s not the end of the world. You could challenge the background check results if you think there was a mistake made in yours.

Regardless, you can learn from your experience, and be ready for the next job application. There are jobs available with other employers. 

Look in other areas and find a specific job that might suit you better. Don’t give up. 

There is an employer who will give you a chance. You just haven’t found that one yet. It takes perseverance, but you have to be persistent.

Keep on looking until you find the one that will give you an opportunity.

So what do you think about this blog post about whether Starbucks runs background checks? Have you or someone you know had Starbucks run a background check? What was that like and what happened with it? Please tell us in the comments below.


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