Whole Foods Market Team Member Interview Questions

Updated Sep 26, 2014
Updated Sep 26, 2014
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    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Grocery Team Member Interview Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Plantation, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plantation, FL
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied online and completed the basic skills test. I received a call about 5 days later asking me to come in for an interview. Upon arrival, I was asked to wait in the customer lounge. As I am sitting there the first thing I noticed was that most employees were dressed in baggy pants about to fall off and covered in tattoos, including the neck. Most were early 20's. I knew I was DOA because all there were half my age. After waiting 25 minutes, I was interviewed, in the noisy customer lounge, by a team lead. Typical STAR questions were asked. It went well, but all I was thinking is this place is not for me. Then I waited another 25 minutes and was interviewed by a manager. She looked tired and bored throughout the entire process. Again STAR questions asked along with me providing answers to what are the differences between Whole Foods and the competition. Then she asked if I shopped at Whole Foods. I said no because it is expensive. She did not seem to like that answer. It was then I got "thank you, we have other people to interview and will be in touch" line. They seem to be very sensitive, almost hostile to the competition. In the end, my impression of the store environment was unprofessional. If they think of themselves as high-end, they need to act and dress better. It is just a grocery store like all others.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    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
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    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
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    Bakery Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume online through the corporate website. I received an email shortly after saying that my resume and application had been received, and the next step would be that a WFM employee would review both and then get a hold of me.

    Interview Questions
    • My most difficult question to answer was "When was a time that you had difficulty working with someone in your last job?" because I was only part of a 2-person office, and didn't want to speak about my difficulties with my boss.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Specialty Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Del Mar, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Del Mar, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a call to come in for an interview about a week after applying online. I interviewed with one associate team leader, it was very relaxed and as much a conversation as an interview. A week and a half or so later I got a call to come in for another interview with the team leader and the other associate team leader. This interview was a little harder but still not too hard and enjoyable enough. After they talked, they came in and said I was to interview with the store team leader briefly. I talked with the store team leader a bit and was basically given the job after that. The interview with the store team leader seemed like more of a formality. It did take a few days for the official offer to come over email.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if a customer asked for a cheese similar to ______ (some cheese I'd never heard of)?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They said pay started at $11/hr, I said that sounds just fine to me.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    A new store is opening in the area and I applied online. I was contacted a couple of weeks later for a 'Job Fair' group interview at a local community center. The online sign up was problematic at first and had to be corrected and so there were multiple emails about that. The time slot I chose had over 100 people signed up.

    We were split into different rooms with about 30 people in each, sitting at tables facing a screen. We were warned to use the bathroom before the interview started because it's two hours long with no break. First we saw a slide show about Whole Foods Market. We also had to fill out a time availability sheet and sign it. Then we were joined by a large group of WF employees with clipboards and listened to one of them speak about being WF employees and what they are looking in new employees, which seems to be skewed toward very outgoing, cheerful, healthy people. We were also warned that any offer of employment requires a two hour assessment with a physical therapist to determine your fitness. (Two hours?!)

    We were asked to introduce ourselves to the room one at a time, and answer two questions, what is your favorite food, and why do you want to work at WFM? Next we were split into five groups with instructions to plan any type of presentation about Whole Foods in ten minutes. The WF employees walked around listening in on the groups as they planned. Then each group performed their presentation to the rest of us. After that new groups were formed, and had to plan a 3 minute 'commercial' about a WF core value, in ten minutes. The list of core values was provided. After the second performance we were told we would receive an email with either a thanks-but-no-thanks, or information about a second interview.

    About 500 people were being seen at this event over four days, for about 200 openings. As of this writing I have not yet heard back either way. As a shy person it was difficult for me to speak in front of a room full of strangers, and I don't know if I was successful. I'm always nervous at interviews, but this one was exceptionally difficult for me because of the format they use, whereas an outgoing, super confident person may be very at ease.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tigard, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tigard, OR
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Very simple and straightforward. Didn't ask for much information. Got a call a few days later for a quick on the spot phone interview. Then we set up an in-person interview for the following week. Met with and was interview with three people (at the same time). Got a call the same day offering me the job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Customer Service Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Getting a job at Whole Foods Market can be a challenge. I know this because I now work in the recruiting side of things. I applied several times before finally attending a Job Fair for a new store opening. If you choose to go this route, be prepared for a long day and some disorganization, so bring your patience with you.

    If you don't choose to go this route, and apply to work at a more established store, AND if you're lucky enough to get a call back, also bring your patience because it's a long process. First, you submit your application online. Luckily, you only have to create a profile once, but you can apply to as many positions as you want at any given time there are open positions. IF you get a call back, you will be asked several questions over the phone. Make sure you have done some research on the company first (i.e. read about their mission, Core Values, quality standards, non-profit organizations, etc.). It definitely helps to shop at WFM because they will likely ask you about what else you know about the store. If you phone interview well, they will ask you to either 1) come in for a Group Interview, or 2) come in for a one-on-one interview. The Group Interview is a fun, engaging way to interview, but does tend to celebrate and reward extroverts. If you're introverted, your chances will be better at a one-on-one interview. After that interview, you may be asked to go to a second interview on top of that.

    If you finally get a job offer, then you have to have a couple more hoops to jump through to become an official Team Member, which includes surviving the probationary period, as well as a team voting process. It's very involved!!!

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about Whole Foods Market?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer

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