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Updated Dec 12, 2014
Updated Dec 12, 2014
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Crew Member Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Interview Details

Applied in person and got called about a month later. 15 minute interview with mid level manager. Asked to start the day after my interview. Not flexible on wages during interview process.

Interview Questions
Accepted Offer

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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Trader Joe's.

    Interview Details

    I literally filled out an application and handed it in the same day. I received a call back two days later for an interview. I went in for my first interview and it went pretty smoothly. They made me feel comfortable. Three hours after my first interview I received a call back for my second interview.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no unexpected questions.
      Why do you want to work at Trader Joe's? What's your favorite product? What are your strengths? What motivates you? Describe yourself. What were some issues that you've had in your previous job? Have you received any criticisms from your previous job? What would your old co workers say about you?
       
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    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Trader Joe's.

    Interview Details

    They tell you that they will call you, but, most likely will not. However, if you contact them too often asking about the job, they won't hire you either, so it's all about finding a balance and being proactive. Years ago, they had a math test in the application which you had to pass in order to get hired. Also, you had to be able to lift a certain amount of weight to get hired. You may be able to negotiate your pay based on experience.
    If you get the job, be prepared to work most, if not all, weekends. Also, the hours can vary - one week you're coming in as early as 4 AM and the next you're leaving around midnight. Sometimes, depending on your availability, you'll have an early and a ate shift one after the other with only an 8 hour turn-around.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you handle a difficult/rude customer?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was a teenager and didn't know I could negotiate. If I knew then what I know now, I would have asked for more.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Daly City, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Daly City, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Trader Joe's.

    Interview Details

    Only needed one interview because of a referral from a current employee. Interview lasted 40 minutes, which is decent considering I didn't have to come back for any more interviews. Be yourself and show your positivity to be a part of a growing company!

    Availability is also important, so make sure that you lay out this information.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Wage was not negotiable.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Trader Joe's.

    Interview Details

    All the questions were similar to the ones listed here. No unexpected questions except that they asked me three times why I wanted to work at Trader Joe's.

    My hiring process was very expedited and the manager was even surprised how fast I got to him. It was a good experience.

    Negotiation Details
    No negotation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at Trader Joe's.

    Interview Details

    1st) Print out the application online and hand in to the store.
    2nd) They schedule a first interview with -- in my case -- two "mates"/managers
    3rd) Interview with store captain

    Interview Questions
    • It's really basic. Just know their values -- hint: "value" is their main value.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I gave them a range and they offered me the lower end of the range -- of course. No experience no negotiation -- especially since they are so concious about how they have the highest pay in the industry.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Trader Joe's.

    Interview Details

    Walked in and turned in an application I printed out online and filled out. Spoke with a manager when I went to hand it in. They do a mini interview with you on the spot so dress appropriately.They ask you Why do you want to work at Trader Joes? What is your favorite item? Told me they would call with in 2 weeks or so. I called back a week or so later to check on the status of my app. they checked and told me it was still in process, but little did I know calling made them flag my app for an interview. I called back a few days later to check up again and they said they would like to bring me in for an interview. First interview with a Mate was fairly laid back. Asked me why trader joes, my favorite item( so have one already picked out) what would your co-workers have to say about your work ethic, what would your manager say about you, what you liked most/least about your last job, how do you deal with a difficult customer. Got a second interview with the Captain a few days later. Interview again was relaxed feeling asked me questions like what makes your customer service skills great? What did you like most/least about last job. Why trader joes? What would your last manager say about you? a few others I cant remember. Offered me a job right after the interview.
    Keep in mind it took me a long time to get this position. I applied about 3 times to a store and got a letter saying they were not hiring a little bit after and also applied to 2 other stores. be persistent and call or go in to check on your application even tho they said they would call you. It shows you really are interested. Just keep trying :)

    Interview Questions
    • No questions I thought were out of the ordinary or really difficult   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Told me what they would pay me. Didnt negotiate. matched pay from my previous job that I was happy with.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process was quick, fun, and simple. I printed out an application online and I filled it out, then I turned it in at Trader Joe's. About a month later I received a call letting me know that they were starting their hiring process and that they'd like to interview me. I had two interviews and was offered a position.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I was moving..

    Declined Offer
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Trader Joe's in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied in person at one location.They will ask you 3 questions tops on the spot usually just why you want to work for trader joes, and what your favorite products are. The first time I went to the hiring manager and thought I made a great impression she told me she would definitely call me to set up an interview and never did. I didn't get discouraged since they always seem busy and I never called to check on my application. I applied again however this time I put extra effort into the application and even wrote a cover letter addressed to the hiring managers. I brought it to a different mate this time and called a week later to check on my application. A week and a half later received a phone call for an interview.

    The first interview went great I definitely nailed it thanks to glassdoor I was fully prepared for every question asked and had no surprises. Just make sure you can talk about previous situations at jobs you have had as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Smile a lot and dress nicely. I was told by the Mate that she wanted me to "Meet" the captain next and was called about 1 week later for the second interview.

    The second interview I thought went well there were some tougher questions but I never stalled and I thought I made a great impression. Apparently not, however because I was called the next day by a completely different mate telling me they had decided to go with someone else. I understand they don't give feedback but I felt a little disrespected that neither one of the people who interviewed me called me to give me the news, they passed the dirty work onto a different person. I was extremely disappointed because I felt like the perfect fit for the store and had done so much research and preparation for the job but I guess it wasn't meant to be. Looking back I guess I didn't make an impression enough on the captain for him to hire me, because the mate who interviewed me loved me and i'm sure I wouldn't of made it to the second interview if she didn't feel I was a good fit.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Crew Member Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Trader Joe's in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I carefully prepared for a casual interview after reading other interviews for Trader Joe's Crew Member on Glassdoor. Even though most people said the interview-on-the-spot was pleasant and very easy, I was nervous as I have not had to go through the interview process at all in the last 20 years. The jobs I have had were all introduced to me through friends and were not formal or typical of most jobs. I downloaded the application from the Trader Joe's website, filled it out and readied myself to be interviewed upon handing it in.

       I had read sample interview questions, and had prepared a few answers, trying to not make them sound too scripted. I dressed nicely and walked into TJ's and headed straight up to the counter by the cash registers where the "Mates" hang out. There were 2 women there and I asked one "Who should I talk to about applying for a job?" She said "That would be me", and smiled. Then she asked if I had an application and I handed her mine plus 3 references stapled to the back. I had assumed we would go somewhere for the spontaneous interview, maybe in the back or at a table and chairs somewhere, but she conducted the brief interview right there from behind her counter as I stood on the other side. That made me feel a lot more at ease. The questions were exactly in line with what others had posted here. "Why Trader Joe's?", to which I responded "I like the interaction between Crew Members and customers. It seems like a fun, high energy place to work. Other places like Whole Foods you might stand around waiting for the crew members to stop talking to one another so that they might help you." "What's your favorite Trader Joe's product?" I said I liked the Cookie Butter with some Trader Joe's pretzels, The Hake fish in parchment paper, and Shephards Pie. "What have you been doing since your last job?", to which I replied that I was in a band that was helping supplement my income somewhat, and was doing backline tech at an instrument rental place here in Austin, TX. That was basically it, then she handed me a card and explained that if I hadn't heard anything within 2 weeks, feel free to give a call to the store and ask about my application. She also said that they weren't actively hiring right now, but are always looking to hire the right person. I said "Thank you," and shook her hand.

       It was over so quickly and I had been so worried about how it would all go down, I was relieved it was so painless. The flip side of that is that she asked far fewer questions than most people had suggested they might ask in the first interview, and I'm somewhat worried that they are not interested in my application as they are flush with employees right now. I can easily see not getting a call within 2 weeks, but I will call them in about a week and a half just to show I am really interested in working at Trader Joe's!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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