With more than 27,000 locations, Starbucks is a major employer around the globe. 2016 statistics show the company has approximately 238,000 employees across its many locations. If you are seeking a job with the coffee shop chain, you may be wondering what a Starbucks background check looks like and what to expect from the company’s hiring process.
It’s important to note that Starbucks does conduct background checks on its employees. However, these background checks do not typically take place until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. In most cases, the hiring process consists of an application and one job interview. If you are offered the job, you will be asked to consent to a background check. The results of the background check will dictate whether you are cleared to start orientation with the company. Most Starbucks background checks don’t take longer than one week (five business days).
According to company policy, Starbucks is willing to hire felons. “We review each felon/felony on a case by case basis,” reads the corporate statement on the matter, encouraging all candidates to apply regardless of criminal history. Starbucks will look at the amount of time that has elapsed since a conviction as well as the nature, severity, and relevance of the conviction.
Because the company has stores in many locations, Starbucks background checks (and how the company responds to certain criminal records) will vary from store to store. States have different laws about how far back a background check can look. There are also differing laws about whether employers can consider arrest histories when making hiring decisions. Starbucks background checks should reflect the laws and ordinances in that state.
Across the board, Starbucks has “banned the box,” which means you won’t see any questions about criminal history on job applications. The company delays any inquiry about criminal history until after the interview process and a conditional offer of employment.