Welcome to the Employment Application for Empire Tea & Coffee
We heard you are interested in working at Empire Tea & Coffee...

Thank you for your interest in working at Empire Tea & Coffee.  We opened our doors at our first cafe in downtown Newport over 10 years ago with a goal of creating a community coffee shop.

Since then we've expanded our first location to become the largest coffee shop in Rhode Island with over 5,000 feet of seating, performance and meeting space.  In 2012 we added to our growing list of local and statewide awards with "Best Coffeehouse in Newport County" in Rhode Island Magazine and soon followed up by opening our second location in Middletown, RI.  We recently added a third location in April 2014 on Bellevue and Memorial in downtown Newport, RI.

Over the years we've met a lot of awesome people, learned how to make great drinks and have had a lot of fun.  We hope you can come along.
We behold a core set of values

Integrity - Do the right thing when no one is watching. You will often be working alongside other baristas, but sometimes on your own. Have the integrity not to take short cuts, and do the honorable thing even when no one else is there to implement it. 

Community -  We are community oriented. Empire is constantly giving back to the community; the same community that is loyal to us on a year round basis. 

Customer Service - We are first and foremost customer service oriented. Our customers are the reason we all have jobs, and they are passionate about what we do. Be just as passionate about it as them, and do it with a smile! 

Respect - Have respect for your customers who may not have the same opinions as you. Do not engage in inappropriate conversations or political conversations while at work and where customers can hear you. Also have respect for your co-workers and their privacy by obeying the privacy policy.
Enough about us, let's focus on you...

What is your name? *

Are you at least 18 years of age? *

Are you a US Citizen? *

Where do you live? *

What is your email address incase we need to contact you later? *

...and your phone number? *

We want to get a feel for what kind of personality you have, so please answer the following questions to the best of your ability. Remember there is no wrong answer, just be yourself and answer honestly.

What does "integrity" mean to you? *

How do you think you react in the face of adversity? Do you believe you handle it well? *

Give us two examples of Customer Service. One being a display of bad service and one of good service... *

Okay. Just a few questions left!

We have four locations we are hiring for and often our staff will work at more than one based on business needs and availability.  Let us know which stores you would be able to work at: *

Our positions require outgoing, hardworking and self motivated people.  We offer you flexibility to meet your personal needs along with an opportunity to contribute meaningfully in the operation of our business.  

We need to know if we are a good fit, let us know what you are looking for as an hourly rate and how many hours per week you would like to work. *

Our job is hard work.  Its fun also, but it really is work.  We like to make sure you know what you are getting into.  There is a lot of dishescleaning, taking out the trash... and on top of that, there is a lot to learn about tea, coffee and operating a community coffee shop.  Tell us some of your experiences (work and/or personal) that you think makes you a good fit for this type of job.

Our stores all open at 6am every day with our first staff member in around 5:30am.  The stores close at different times ranging from 3pm up till 10pm.  

With that knowledge, we need to know your availability.  Please list below your availability by the day (Monday-Sunday) and be as specific as possible.  We are very flexible, we just need to know if your availability matches our current needs. *

What is your desired start date?

Are you available to work year-round?

If you are not able to work year-round, what is the last day you are available for work? (If not applicable, please leave blank)

You have completed all the information we need, but if you want to add more to the conversation, tell us more about yourself, or submit a copy of your resume, please do so below:

We will review your answers and if we think its a good fit we will invite you in for an interview.  Good luck with your job search and we hope to see you soon.
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