Trader Joe's
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Updated Apr 8, 2014
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I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Trader Joe's.

Interview Details – I asked for an application in person at the captain's desk at the store and submitted it that day. I met with the captain in person a few days later and spoke with him for about 30 minutes about my background and previous work/study experience. I was offered a job then and there and started the next week.

Interview Question – The interview with the captain was mostly a get-to-know-you conversation. He did ask some questions about work ethic and some behavioral questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was offered $13/hr to start, which was pretty good for this kind of work.

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I applied in-person and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Trader Joe's in April 2014.

Interview Details – Its pretty straightforward - they mini interview you when you turn in the app. Thrown you get an interview with a Mate. If that goes well, you get an interview with another Mate. And then if they plan to hire you, then you will meet the Captain.

Interview Question – Describe a dish you would make with our products.   Answer Question

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Interview Details – turned in an applacation 2014 had an interveiw on spot just asked what my favorite trader joes item was and if i shop there and what i like about trader joes havent gotten a second interveiw still waiting to hear back from them hopefully sooncause it would be an awsome place to work

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Atlanta, GA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Trader Joe's in January 2012.

Interview Details – Two interviews. First one with 2 Mates - about 40 minutes. Second on a different day with a Mate and Captain.

Interview Question – How would you deal with an angry customer?   View Answers (2)

Negotiation Details – I got the top dollar for new hires - Captain told me. I'm not sure though. There isn't much wiggle. Nothing really to negotiate. Oh but ask for days off before you accept job if you have a trip coming up etc.

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Williamsburg, VA

I applied in-person - interviewed at Trader Joe's in April 2012.

Interview Details – I submitted a resume/ application after walking in off the street. I had an initial interview on the spot with a member of management. The whole atmosphere of the store is so laid back, I didn't even realize that it was an interview until I thought back on it later; I thought I was just having a friendly conversation with one of the staff. Later, the Captain called me to set up a one on one interview.
Overall the whole process was very relaxed; we interviewed outside because it was a nice day. I felt overdressed for wearing business casual since the Captain was in his usual uniform of jeans and a Hawaiian shirt. It was about what you would expect of Trader Joe's.

Interview Question – What is your favorite Trader Joe's product?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I did not attempt to negotiate as the hourly rate offered was already higher than I expected.

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Columbus, OH

I applied in-person - interviewed at Trader Joe's in January 2014.

Interview Details – The process took about three weeks. The first interview with one of the managers went really well and he was nice. We talked about what I liked to buy at TJ's and what the job duties were. The second interview was with an a-hole of a manager who has absolutely no professionalism. He took a very disrespectful tone the entire second interview to try to intimidate me. In the interview he said the pay would be in the "$12 range" and then he called back the next day to say I had the job and the pay would be $11. I decided to take it because I had no other offers. The day after that I heard back from another job that offered me $12 an hour. I called back TJ's to see if they could bump it up a dollar since the second manager did say "$12 range." The second manager refused, and when I asked him to at least verify that I would be getting the minimum of hours I requested on my application and that we discussed in the interview, he said the offer was off the table and that I should take the other job.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult about an exact question, just the second manager's demeanor.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiating. Manager is a complete a-hole.

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I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Trader Joe's in March 2011.

Interview Details – All applications must be turned in in-person. Right then and there they ask you about five questions and decide whether you will get an interview.

Interview Question – They ask a lot of scenario questions, like "What would you do if...?"   View Answer

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Denver, CO

I applied in-person and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Trader Joe's in January 2014.

Interview Details – Attended Company hiring event in Hotel meeting room in Denver, Co. Submitted resume, cover letter, and completed TJ application. Was pre-screened by a veteran Mate and process was friendly and conversational. Next day, received an invitation for an interview. I prepared by reviewing Glassdoor interview notes, visiting Company website, and researched other web based articles. Needless to say, I was well prepared.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work for Trader Joe's? What do you like about Trader Joe's? What team building skills do you possess?   View Answer

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Denver, CO

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Trader Joe's in January 2014.

Interview Details – Applied in-person and had an informal interview on the spot. Was asked back for a second interview and was called a few days later with a job offer. Interviewers were really nice and personable. I just communicated (via friendliness and excitement) that I really wanted to work for Trader Joe's and they really responded to that.

Interview Question – Standard interview questions: Why Trader Joe's? How do you deal with conflict?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate. Probably should have.

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Denver, CO

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Trader Joe's.

Interview Details – Went in to drop off my resume and fill out an application (they really appreciate face to face rather than applying on-line). They were accepting interviews at a hotel because it is a brand new store. Sat down with someone that day for a screening as they reviewed your experience. The screening was more of an interview and it lasted longer than it was supposed to. The next day I got a call for a second interview. Went into the second interview and it was very laid-back. Asked many of the same questions from the first interview. It was with a different person. We did a lot of talking and it was less inquisitive and more friendly. Got a call an hour later saying that I got the job.

Interview Question – No difficult questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation

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