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Central Market Cashier Interview Questions

Updated Aug 17, 2014
Updated Aug 17, 2014
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Cashier Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied online – interviewed at Central Market.

Interview Details

There was a quick phone screening and then they set up a time for a group interview. They corralled as many people as they could (10+) and made the group interview that lasted a whooping three hours as impersonal as they could. Quite remarkable really. There was the "Make a resume with construction paper and markers!" We were forced back to pre-school and most people boasted about where they traveled and nothing to actually do with them or their resume. There was a "Identify This" test where there were really simple things like pumpkin seeds and nutmeg, a rambutan and such which I'd say the majority bombed. They also had us sell one of the products we identified to them 1 on 1. Then they gave us customer scenarios and paired us up and had us present them. Really simple things. From being with the others for three hours I learned I had the most qualified experiences (I'd worked in grocery before and been a cashier before and others were just getting out of college and had no real life experiences) and obviously realized this was something that hurt me in the end. They want people who have no aim, especially no career, people they can mold and force them into staying with Central Market for the rest of their lives.

Interview Questions
  • There were no difficult questions, just mainly ones that had nothing to do with the job or who a person really is. "Do you cook?"   View Answer
No Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview

Other Interview Reviews for Central Market

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    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Central Market.

    Interview Details

    Have a group interview m get call from a manager from a department thats interested in bringing you into they're department , set up a one-on-one , then get hired

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plano, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plano, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Central Market in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    I received a phone call for a group interview about a week after I had applied online. All of the applicants at the interview seemed to be between 18-24 years old and everyone appeared to be very qualified. The group interview lasted over 2 hours and it was strange yet quite fun. I received a call a couple of hours later from a manager to schedule an individual interview. The manager asked me the usual job interview questions and then made me an offer, which I accepted! The hourly pay is pretty good.

    Interview Questions
    • Most difficult decision that you've had to make in your life..   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Central Market in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my online application and received a phone call a few days later. The phone call consisted of a few short questions including: Why do you want to work at Central Market? What is your favorite food? Do you cook? I think it is important to be creative with these answers to separate yourself from other interviewees. Don't give a cut and dry answer, but say Italian is my favorite because I spent a semester abroad and fell in love with Italian pizza, etc.

    A few days later I got a call back to arrange a group interview time. This was my first group interview and I was somewhat unsure of what to expect. There were at least 10 people in the group and a variety of positions. Some people were applying to this same position as me so it felt competitive. We went around the room and introduced ourselves. Some of the activities included a drawing resume (this was abstract to me but basically you list unique things about you and try to make it creative), a test where we had to guess what some seasonings & utensils were (don't worry half the people do bad on this) and also a role playing exercise. This exercise was fun and really let your personality shine through it. They are looking for the confident people in the room so try and be the most confident one!

    Once again, a few days late I was called back for a one-on-one interview. This consisted of more serious questions: What are you most proud of? What is your experience and how does it relate to CM? When was a time you had to think fast on your feet? The questions are harder but you can come up with a strong answer on the top of your head. I was hired on the spot and the rest is history.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Central Market.

    Interview Details

    Online application. called approx. 2 days later to come in for group interview.
    Office environment was clean, Interviewers are polite.
    Temperature was extremely uncomfortable.
    Associates on the sales floor were very unhelpful, unfriendly.
    Not one offered a hello or assistance. (does not seem like the interview process is working).

    They will call you for an interview even if they have no intention of hiring you. It is a group interview so I guess they need an even number.......
    The requirement on application should state: PREVIOUS H-E-B EXPERIENCE.

    Interview Questions
    • Many times I had to get up in front of the group of other interviewers, supervisors and managers; to act out scenarios with other candidate. Also had to give presentation "about me" with craft supplies. Written Q & A. Guess the food game was fun but ulterior motives are behind all of the activities. It does not seem to have the employee in mind but company image. Imagine going down a one way street......This is what I received from the group interview. From the little info. I received it is a strict dress code.

      To sum everything up about the interview experience. It is unnecessary stress,unhealthy competition, embarrassment and waste of resources.

      NEVER AGAIN unless there is no other option.
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Central Market in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process here is bizarre by any standard, and completely unexpected from a grocery store. Right away you see that working at Central Market is a completely different experience from anywhere else. Potential employees are put into a group interview phase in a cohort of about ten. We were given several hands-on exercises to do, from identifying unlabeled bulk foods to building with Legos to drawing our "résumé" with crayons -- all in front of about a dozen managers who simply watch. At the end is a Q&A session where the prospectives have a chance to ask the managers anything.

    When coming to interview here, put your right-brain creativity into motion and be prepared to wax eloquent, if not a little sophisticated, about food.

    Interview Questions
    • The ice breaker of getting 5 minutes to re-create your resume using construction paper and markers or crayons is disarming at first.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Central Market in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    The last two reviews are accurate. They wasted my time by scheduling a 2nd interview after the group (cattle call) interview. The second interview really gets your hopes up since during the group interview they stated "there may not be a position for you at this time though we are looking for future talent".
    For a green company they really waste a lot of paper from the construction paper, gas to get to the cattle call, and most of all time. Studies have shown interview don't prove s*** and are a power trip for managers and HR (who pick someone for a job when they have never done that job in their life and think it's below them.) So really two interviews. All of their imported foods/frozen foods/canned goods is not organic or inspected by the FDA. They post deals in their store adds and when I go to buy those products their out and I have to buy the closet thing which is 30%-40% more costly.

    Interview Questions
    • Our computers are down and we can't get your resumes, so can you make you resume with this construction paper, bead, glitter, ****.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Southlake, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Southlake, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Central Market in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    This is a cattle call. They may not even have an opening for what you applied for. They have you there early in the morning looking like a clown. They had cookies for breakfast with orange juice, yum. We had to use construction paper, stickers, and glitter to recreate our application. Then stand up and tell everyone what it means. We had to have a partner and reenact scenarios as a customer and the employee (you play both parts). Then you will have to take a test were they set out ten weird fruits and veggies that you have never seen in your life, and you have to write down what you think they are. They had gummie bears (so you wouldnt make a zero) nutmeg, vanilla bean, passion fruit, a mexican potato thing and thats all I remember. The really hard stuff I can't even spell. The torture lasted two hours, and there was a panel of managers in the back of the room. You had a name tag on your front and on your back. The whole thing was weird especially those extra happy employees. Just skip it, unless you have no other job offers.

    Interview Questions
    • If you could go to any country and money was no object, where would you go and who would you take?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Central Market in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview was held in a group of 20 or more people. All department managers took turns to ask questions. They made us act out scenarios, create handmade creativity based pictures about ourselves, asked way more questions about food than anything else, and even had a food test. The one on one interview (the hiring one) was more of a real interview. It was the basic questionnaire about your needs financially. They promised me in the interview that I would be full time by my 3 month mark there now I've been there almost 7 months and they keep shrugging it off. They act like they'll fix it but they don't ever DO anything.

    Interview Questions
    • Look at all of these different unusual foods and tell us what they are.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fort Worth, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Central Market in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and about a week later received a phone call inviting me to a group interview. There was five other interviewees in my group and five central market managers on the panel. We watched a short video about the company and was then asked to recreate our application using construction paper, markers, stickers etc.

    Next, we were paired up for a role playing activity. You were given a situational question like, "You're a department manager and a customer comes up to you and says an employee was rude to him/her. How would you handle it?". The partners took turns being both roles.

    The next part was tricky for me. They brought out 10 food items and we had to identify them on a piece of paper. There were things like quinoa, wasabi, and yellow split peas.

    After that we sat back down and were asked a few more random questions. "If it were your last meal, what would you eat?"

    Finally, we were invited to ask the panel questions. I do recommend thinking of some beforehand.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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