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Whole Foods Market Interview Questions

Updated Dec 21, 2014
Updated Dec 21, 2014
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted three week later and asked to come in for a panel interview. The panel consisted of 10 Team Leaders at the store. I was given each of their emails and encouraged to introduce myself. I reached out to each panel member and expressed my interest in working for Whole Foods. I walked the store with one of the panel members and was able to ask many questions that prepared me for my interview. I did my due diligence in researching the corporate culture and values.
    The interview was intense. There were no breaks for silence, each panel member was prepared with a question. Be prepared to discuss everything that Whole Foods encompasses from delicious food to local giving initiatives. The Marketing Team Leader has a hand in many aspects of the store, your strengths should reflect flexibility, positivity, and the ability to motivate others.

    Interview Questions
    • I was told to prepare a project of an event I would plan as Marketing Team Leader. I was at first perplexed and didn't know what kind of event the panel would be impressed by. I went with my first thought and it went over very well! Use this project as an opportunity to let you personality shine!   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was told at the end of my interview that I would hear from them within 24 hours. They called within that 24 hours and told me they needed more time, which I appreciate. I got a call 72 hours later and accepted the job. I was happy with my starting salary and did not feel the need to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    First you sit down with a Team Leader or Assistant Team Leader and discuss why it is that you want to work for whole foods and why you think whole foods should want to hire you. Very boiler plate questions, but with an air of self righteousness as there is a reputation of having the best of the best work for them, as well as the most caring and compassionate employees of all companies.
    Then, if you pas the first round of questions, another, more senior staff member does a second interview. This can either be the Team Leader (if it was an ATL conducting the interview) or a Store Team Leader, or an Assistant Store Team Leader. If they both agree that you should be hired, then they ask you to come back and fill out paperwork and begin training.

    Interview Questions
    • - Describe your idea of great customer service.
      - Describe a time you gave or received great customer service.
      - What do you think makes Whole Foods different from its competitors?
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There isn't much negotiating; either you're full time and they expect you to have open availability, or your part time and they have agreed to honor the days you are unavailable (they will expect a copy of your class schedule if you're in school).
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Graphic Artist, Sign Maker Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    Filed an online application and called the store to find out who to address the cover letter to. This turned out to be a really good move. The marketing team leader and sign maker invited me in for an informal introduction. They were very generous with their time and offered incredible insight on how to prepare for a potential interview with them. Was called in for pre-screening interview with marketing team leader and and regional coordinator. Interview was short, 15 minutes. Was called in for final interview with a panel of about 8 people. Five from the store and three regional people. Interview lasted about a half hour and I had to present two design projects they have me. I answered a lot of questions, was given a list of tasks to prioritize and had to offer feedback on one of their past in-store designs.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you handle multiple people giving input on a design? Particularly when their are conflicting opinions about the direction to go in.   Answer Question
    • How do your rate your skills with Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, vinyl cutting, Mac, and PC's?   Answer Question
    • How do you feel about the production aspect of this position?   Answer Question
    • What will your three month review look like/reflect on your performance?   Answer Question
    • Asked for a closing statement as to why I want to work with Whole Foods and why they should hire me. (This was my favorite question.)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not really a negotiation "phase", but did ask for more than the initial offer. Am waiting to see if my request can be accommodated...
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    All applications are online. If you meet specific requirements then you will be either pre-screened or called in for an interview. Make sure you know about the company! Too many people know absolutely nothing about the company they are applying to work for. Show interest in moving up, the company is vastly expanding. Lastly, maintain a positive attitude and demeanor. Answers should be positive but honest. Show a passion for leading!!!

    Interview Questions
    • Most questions are open ended, so think about specifics moments in all of your managerial or leadership experience that stand out.. negative and positive. Times where you failed and why, biggest leadership lesson, and tell me about a time you had to humble yourself.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Prepared Foods Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    one interview was done in a group setting and then a one on one. It was a relaxed setting and team members were very nice and enthusiastic. I liked the working environment and the atmosphere

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
  7.  

    Metro Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    Each position has the same interview process, all panel interviews you will need a cover letter and resume. If you are from outside of the company applying for a team leader or higher position make sure you tour the stores talk to leadership and get an understanding of the core values.

    Interview Questions
    • there wasn't any, If you know how to interview with a panel then all questions can be answered if you don't know the answer   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Front End Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    One phone interview to start and then two in person interviews a week a part. Second interviewer seemed less engaged, just interviewing as a formality. After the second interview it took a few weeks to finally hear back. I was offered the job, and came back in for another meeting about this.

    Interview Questions
    • Pretty standard questions. Asked about any relevant work experience, and how I would handle various situation that could arise.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't room to negotiate on salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bakery Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Keep in mind it seems that Whole Foods switches up the hiring process depending on the store, so my experience may be different from yours, however if you have a group interview the process will probably go like this.

     It was a group interview with about 14 other candidates. I had never been to a group interview so I was a little unsure of what to expect but it turned out to be pleasant. They brought us into a room with a power point presentation prepared, there were about 5 or 6 employees from different departments who each took turns telling us a little bit about themselves and the departments they work for. Then they went around had us say our names, and answer a few questions, "Why do you want to work for whole foods?" "What is your favorite food?" What department are you interested in. After that they began a short presentation about Whole Foods explaining a brief history as well as the core values. If you can, before your interview do a little research on Whole Foods because the person conducting the interview asked us a few things to see if anyone knew about whole foods, just basic stuff like the year the first store opened and where. After the presentation they divided us into groups and we had to come up with a short presentation in our groups that reflected the core values of whole foods. Some groups did skits my group just took turns explaining important aspects of customer service. Make sure you talk loud and try to assert yourself they are looking for outgoing people and people that give the most effort. After that there was one more exercise in different groups, this time my group did a small skit. We really only had 5 minutes, so we kind of freestyled our way through it but as long as you do it with a smile and talk loudly you'll be fine. After that we we were done, the whole thing was about two hours long.
    Some things to keep in mind before the group interview:

    Speak loudly when talking to the room
    Embrace the activities and give maximum effort
    Show you can work well with your team
    Smile a lot
    When you are leaving shake everyones hand before you go
    Dress nicely, a few people wore hoodies and jeans and I doubt any of them got called back. Another person wore a full suit and I doubt he got called back either, find some middle ground.

    Some people in the group were try-hards; don't be one of these people. It's ok to be enthusiastic but don't talk too much to the point where you are saying redundant things and holding up the person leading the interview.

    My second interview didn't seem like an interview at all. I was contacted a few days later to come back for a one on one and ended up getting hired on the spot. I was barely asked any questions by the Bakery team lead and he ended up hiring me for a position that paid a dollar more than I thought, with more hours.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, but I was offered a $1.40 more than I was originally told was offered to people starting.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer Service Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    Pretty straight forward interview for retail. The questions were pertaining to how well you work with customers and money handling abilities. The interview was pretty laid back, but professional. They are definitely looking for people with great customer service skills.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  11.  

    Customer Service Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went through two interviews. The first one was much more difficult than the first one. The second one, I was asked what I liked about Whole Foods and why I wanted to work there. It was important to know about the company, their values and what they do.

    Interview Questions
    • What size turkey do you need to feed 20 people.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negtiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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