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Whole Foods Market Specialty/Wine Team Member Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Feb 14, 2014
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Specialty/Wine Team Member
Lynnfield, MA

I applied online - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2013.

Interview Details – Took forever to get a full time position coming in from the outside.

Interview Question – What was my overall experience regarding handling food and doing food prep?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Took many attempts and interviews and job fairs but finally got an offer.

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Specialty/Wine Team Member
San Antonio, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in January 2014.

Interview Details – Interviewed by 2 managers. Asked basic questions of past employment, what kind of person you are, and what coffee/beer/cheese/wine etc. you prefer. Seemed like their first time interviewing potential candidates. I arrived early, they were fifteen minutes late, but I understand that previous interviews might have run a bit long.

Interview Question – Be ready to tell them what hipster coffee/beer/cheese/wine etc. you prefer. Have a few hot brand names to regurgitate. Mention organic/free-trade/shade-grown non-sense.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – They expect you to be an expert on every hipster brand of specialty products. At $10/hour, I doubt anyone who works there can afford to buy the products to try, even with a 20% discount. They take them selves too seriously, especially for a grocery store.

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Specialty/Wine Team Member
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in November 2013.

Interview Details – I applied online after asking in-store. I was called back within two weeks to schedule an interview with an assistant team leader. I sat down and had a conversational interview asking about my previous Whole Foods experience.

Interview Question – What gets you frustrated about your job?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – The definitiveness of salary needed to be checked over by a superior (or so I was informed). That was about all the negotiation.

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Specialty/Wine Team Member

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

Interview Details – Communication was done through the phone leading to the interview where I was quizzed on my wine, cheese and beer knowledge - knowledge of "basics of organics and steps", questions about what my favorites in each category are, what I can bring to the table, most stressful retail moments, have I ever worked the holidays, do I have open availability, etc etc.

Interview Question – If I could be any product in the store, what would I be and why?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Do your research on the company, on organics, on things that are involved in the department you are applying for and if you don't know the answer BE HONEST. Say you do not know and that you are willing to learn. I drew a blank on a lot of questions but, I was honest and said I had no idea and now I am learning everything I didn't have a clue about because I'm happy in the position I'm in and I am eager to show management that I am grateful they took a chance on me and I will work hard everyday to repay them.

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Specialty/Wine Team Member
Sherman Oaks, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in December 2011.

Interview Details – You must apply online. Go into the store and talk with the team leader and try and get an interview. It does not hurt to keep pushing through. They like to hire only from within but just keep pushing and you can get a chance.

Interview Question – Every interview is different.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They told me my pay and I could not argue.

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Specialty/Wine Team Member
Superior, CO

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2010.

Interview Details – Was fast and easy. I had a connect with a team member at the store, and the referral was a huge help. They didn't ask many questions, and I was hired after only meeting the Team Leader.

Interview Question – There was not one difficult or unexpected question.   Answer Question

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Specialty/Wine Team Member
Boston, MA

The process took 5 days - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in March 2010.

Interview Details – Had a brief phone interview, then a follow-up, in-person interview with a ATL and HR person. They took a while to meet me in the cafe after I checked in at the customer service booth, but they were friendly and personable. They're very focused on knowledge of the product, familiarity with Whole Foods, and desire to advance. Young interviewers and a bit nervous. Among the usual questions, they asked, "if you could make dinner for anyone, what would you make and who would it be?"

Interview Question – If you could prepare and share a dinner with anyone, who would it be and what would you make?   Answer Question

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Specialty/Wine Team Member
Dedham, MA

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2009.

Interview Details – the hiring process is pretty straightforward. i showed up at a career fair they had set up close to the location of a new store that is opening in MA. Everyone seemed very nice and cordial I felt like it would be a good work environment to work in.

Interview Question – What's your favorite meal?   View Answer

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