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How to answer why I want to work as a barista despite my obvious training for another field - June 1st 2015, 12:38 AM

Ok, I am trained to be in marketing. Yippee, but I am struggling to get my foot in the door and I will be applying to be a barista, amongst other similar jobs - waitressing, selling shoes or books, that sort of thing.

I am dreading the interview. My resume will clearly show 2 post secondary degrees and about a 2 years of part time xperience in my field along with some social work stuff. I clearly do not aspire to be a waitress (barista etc) and I am afraid no one will hire me because they want someone who will stick around vs someone who will quit the second something better comes long. I know that is exactly what I plan to do, but I also really need money and I would be happy to sell shoes or coffee or books because that's all stuff I like and I know it'll be fun and good experience for me AND I have a lot to offer. Plus people do this all the time, I just don't know any of these people well enough to find out what they said in an interview

So, my question is how to tell someone why I want to work at [insert organization] without sounding disingenuous? How can I make it clear that, yes, I obviously intend to work in marketing, but I'll be a great employee and will not quit for no reason. I haven't been able to find a Google - able thing for this.

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Re: How to answer why I want to work as a barista despite my obvious training for another field - June 2nd 2015, 01:13 AM


No LOL, I commend you for preparing for this interviewing and thinking about what you're going to be asked/how you should answer, so that's a good first step. As far as the question goes, I think you should avoid giving a normal answer LOL. If I was asked to answer that question, I think it would sound something like this:

I want to be a barista because baristas are a fundamentally important part of so many peoples' days. I want to be able to interact with those members of the community that drink coffee as part of their daily routine (that being everyone in the whole world ). The humble daily coffee plays such a large part of the generation of workplace productivity, and I want to be a part of that.

[It is here I would do some research about the establishment rate of cafes and find some sort of a correlation between the establishment of such businesses and the GDP growth rate, but I suppose I am just an economics nerd.]

Also, making coffee is an art form, and I don't just mean Latte Art, but I mean the slight nuances in the generation of coffee, the strength of the taste of the coffee, the extra second you spend straining it, the infusions and the oils you can include to jazz the process up a bit. I want to be able to express myself through the coffee I make and that could possibly mean a distinguishability between your shop and some of the other shops in the community [nudge, nudge, wink, wink].

I just think that coffee is a way for me to interact with the community and contribute to the productivity/betterment of my community, by giving them a reason to remember this shop, and keeping them up at night ().

Unless he is an actual businessman LOL, he will fall in love with that answer . No, but try to include that concept, the interaction with the community.


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Re: How to answer why I want to work as a barista despite my obvious training for another field - June 2nd 2015, 05:06 PM

Look up the job description of the particular place you are hiring, tailor your answer to fit the job description, but in a truthful way that applies to you and makes you unique. Hint that you're good at these points before they even ask why you want to be a barista.
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Re: How to answer why I want to work as a barista despite my obvious training for another field - June 8th 2015, 12:58 PM

Be honest and upfront. Tell them that you are looking to be a barista because you are looking for steady work while <<whatever>> happens. Also be clear that you won't just abandon this job, and that you will be a really good employee.

Or you leave qualifications off your resume, which is all about tailoring it to what you are applying for. Then though, be prepared for questions about what you were doing during those times.

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