Whole Foods Market Interview Questions

Updated Sep 26, 2014
Updated Sep 26, 2014
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    Cake Decorator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    Panel review. Short 15-25 minute interview. Was asked a series of casual questions regarding experience, attitude towards learning, willingness to work overtime to complete projects. Seemed as though they really just wanted experience and a positive attitude. Was hired and offered the job five minutes after I left over the phone.

    Interview Questions
    • What did you dislike about your previous job? Do you have any food allergies?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Meat Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Background check, regular hiring process of calls, interviews, etc. Applied online, got a call from the head of the department and given a brief phone interview. Then was told to come in for a sit down interview and was offered the job afterwards.

    Interview Questions
    • Typical interview questions. Greatest strength, weakness, etc.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Front End Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cupertino, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    I got an initial call about a week after I applied. Was hired right after the interview and offered a Full-Time position. You do about a week of training (watching videos, going over job expectations, exc.), and after that you work as a bagger and do carts (go through the parking lot and round up the stray carts and put them away) for 2-4 months. After that point, you shadow a cashier for about 2 weeks and then you get your own till to work.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    General Submission Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It was a group interview with about 10-12 other people. They made you do these skit type things like "pretend a customer comes in and is angry...play out the situation" or "Create an ad based on our core values." The whole thing lasts about 2 and a half hours, but they feed you and give you some breaks.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing really difficult. They just look for people who get along anyone.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Marketing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    Submit online application, you will then be contacted for a phone prescreen, you will be assigned a homework assignment to present to the panel interviewing you, reach out to team members for research, and then panel interview where you present your homework and are asked questions by the panel.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer Service Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    Since it was more than two years ago, I don't quite remember the interview process. The questions seemed generic and after being in Customer Service, I realized they just needed people to fill. Customer Service is viewed as an entry job where people then move to different departments.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't remember any difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Grocery Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    I sent in my application and got a call back in about 10 days.
    The team leader asked me to come in for an interview on Monday (three days away) after she asked me a few simple questions over the phone.
    When I arrived on Monday morning I went to the customer service desk and told them I was there for an interview, they told me to go ahead and sit at 'The Porch' and she would see me shortly. About 10 minutes after that she arrived and we started the interview with a casual convo , questions like 'How's your day going?', 'Its hot out there today isn't it?", etc. She then told me how she has received numerous applications regarding this position and got to the point that she would only look at applications that were COMPLETLEY filled out and she thanked me for doing so. She then started just confirming things I had stated on my application questions like my name, have I worked for Whole foods before, where do I work now, simple questions like that. The rest of the interview questions were fairly easy, I was asked questions like 'What's your biggest strength?", "Weakness?", "What makes you want to work for whole foods?", "Why are you considering leaving your current job?", "Have you ever received any promotions at your past jobs?", "What was a time where you really made a customers day?" To which I answered as honestly and professionally as possible. She seemed rather happy with my answers so she called one of the Assistant Store Leaders to come interview me as well.
     (Before she left she told me she had a few more interviews that day and tomorrow and that I would hear from her around Wednesday or Thursday. )
    When the Assistant Store Leader came he was very laid back , friendly and asked the same questions but in a slightly different way, for instance , rather than saying 'Why do you want to work for Whole Foods Market?' he said 'So....Why a grocery store ? What makes you want to work for a grocery store of all places?' To me, it kinda seemed like a way of tripping me up and getting me to say something like "Ehh, it seems cool ya know? moneys good" but rather than saying that I said "Well...I like to think of this place as more than 'just a grocery store', this place has such an upbeat feel about it. I love the way the employees all get along, how each and every customer is served above and beyond their expectations , thats what I love to do in any job I have." he seemed very happy with my answer and with that he just wanted to know if I had any questions for him. I asked him what was his story in moving up with whole foods,if he really enjoyed it, things like that. That part of the interview was very short, lasted maybe 10 minutes. He told me to have a good day and id hear from my team leader soon. The whole interview lasted about 30-45 minutes.
    3 days later, I got a call from the team leader offering me the position, she sent out my backround check, Monday morning I got a call asking me to come in for my first day of training, and Ive been working there ever since.. :)

    Negotiation Details
    They start all Team Members out at $10
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The process will vary by location and you should remember that it is very likely that the people in charge of hiring have likely chosen the person for the position beforehand. With that caveat, the best way to prepare is to over prepare. Learn all you can about the company and it's core values. Learn about the department you are applying for and the standards that set it apart from a conventional grocery store. Finally, learn the math. Profit margin, shrink, sales to purchase ratio, and inventory management are the biggest concerns in this position. Customer service is also huge, and the answer should always focus on solving the customers needs no matter how needy.

    Interview Questions
    • I would prepare for the standard, "Why should we hire you over someone inside the company" question.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was pretty easy cause it wasnt group interview THANK GOD! ; I was hired on the spot at 57th street , Pay rate a 11 a hour over time 16.50 a hour.

    Interview Questions
    • What are your skills , why do you wanna leave best buy.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No they just offer you 11 take it most stores only pay 8 , but trader joes pay 13.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Bakery Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. I received a phone call the next day requesting an interview and was asked a few screening questions. Three days later I went in for the interview with the team leader and another team member. It was very casual and relaxed and there was a bit of cracking wise, so it's important to remind yourself that it's still an interview. The questions were fairly standard for a customer service job. The interview seems largely to be about feeling you out to see if your personality is a good fit for the team. The best approach is to just be yourself and be honest. After about 30 minutes they thanked me and said they'd call me the next day to let me know if I had the job.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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