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Helpful (68)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Trader Joe's.
I printed out the application and filled it out ahead of time. I turned it in and had an immediate, 5 minute interview with an assistant manager. We scheduled a time to come to interview again that week. Second interview was a sit down with a crew member. Same thing, scheduled for another interview that week. Another crew member interview and was told I would be called. After that, I received a call from a manager, which was technically another "interview" but more about logistics of the position. I was hired then. I prepared using the interview quesitons on Glassdoor. They were spot-on.
- Why do you want to work for Trader Joes? Tell us about a time you had a great customer service experience? Answer Question
Helpful (2)Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Trader Joe's.
I handed in an application that I printed from their website. I was called in for an interview. Interview was held by 2 nice people with a set of questions all trader joes require they ask. Was called on Sunday and informed of the sad salary. When I told them that I could not accept 13 an hour, they said good luck and goodbye.
- How do you handle when a customer asks you to help them? 1 Answer
Reasons for Declining
They offered me $13 an hour. I am an adult with a professional attitude, an excellent resume, and 100% availability. After taxes and health ins, that would not be enough to pay half the rent at my apartment even with every dime going towards it. I may not go hungry but with that job, it would be nessesary to recieve government assistance and Id rather not have to do that.
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (Irvine, CA).
I walked in and filled out a paper application. I turned that in and I was told I would receive a call back if they had any openings. I got the call, had a couple of sit down interviews with different managers, and then they called back for employment. I had another employment opportunity at the same time but I chose this job because I heard so many good things about it.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Trader Joe's.
They ask you fun questions like "what's your most recent regret" or "describe yourself in three words" (I gave them four words instead)--they mostly just want to gauge how well you vibe with them therefore how well you would vibe with customers.
- What do you wish you could change about yourself? What did you dislike about your last job? Answer Question
Helpful (6)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Trader Joe's in August 2015.
Submitted my application, got a callback two weeks later but I was dealing with family issues so I passed on it. Another two weeks pass and I get a call asking if I'm still interested and I set up an interview for three days later. I arrive on time to find they had double-booked the interviews. I wait for thirty minutes and then I talk with the manager. The questions were straightforward, including why I'm interested, what my favorite product of theirs is, and how my background in customer service prepared me for the job. Immediate offer on the spot.
- What is your favorite product here at Trader Joe's? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Trader Joe's.
Very relaxed, approachable interview, love it! Seems like most people enjoy working there and have worked there for years (8-17 yrs by those I was interviewed by) or come back time and time again. The starting pay is well above average for other similar types of stores so that is also a big plus in my mind.
- What is your favorite thing to get from Trader Joe&#039;s 1 Answer
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Trader Joe's in August 2015.
This is my first ever job and as some people know, it's hard getting a first job especially when you're 17 and a senior in high school like I am. I'm also shy and timid when it comes to talking to any stranger, so just relax and stay calm. Anyways, my aunt was talking to the manager last week and found out that 7 people left the store and they were desperately looking for young people to work. She asked for an application for me and the manager seemed interested in meeting me. After filling out the application, I went in on Tuesday (yesterday) at about 3pm and handed the manager my application. She checked my availability and set up an interview for Wednesday (today) at 11am. I arrived 10 minutes early and walked around a bit and met 2 crew members- a man and a woman. I thought I would be having the interview with the manager but it was with the crew members. We walked to a nearby donut shop and had the interview there. The interview was very brief- I was only asked like 10-13 basic questions since I've never had any job experience before. Be honest when you answer! They didn't mind me saying that I've only been there about 3 times a few years ago, but my mom buys their products so I told them some of my favorites (which they asked me next anyways). They mentioned that working here requires excellent customer service and by excellent they mean greeting every customer with a nice smile and conversation. Not a scripted "Hi, how are you?" They want you to converse with them as if you've been friends for a while. At the end of the interview, they asked if I had any questions for them- I asked them how long they've been there and their views as employees on the company, which they seemed to have really liked! They said they would call me to say if I got the job or not. Luckily, I was sitting outside the donut shop with my aunt and cousin and the interviewer came back out, took me aside and offered me the position! I start next Tuesday and starting pay is $10.50 :).
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- What are your college/career goals? Answer Question
No negotiation. I felt like I shouldn't negotiate as it is my first job and the pay is really good to start with.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (Kirkland, WA) in August 2015.
The interview process was great. First a mate interview me then the captain. After that the mate scheduling hours. Everyone in the store is exceptionally nice. The concept of trader joe's is courteous and nice to all that works there and help one another.
- 1. Why do I want to work at Trader Joe's. What was my previous work experience. What are my favorite products. 1 Answer
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (Delray Beach, FL) in August 2015.
I went into Trader Joe's and asked for an application. I filled it out and turned it in that next day. There was an impromptu interview then. I scheduled a second interview for a few days later. When I went in for that interview, it was very structured. The crew mates asked me set questions off of a clipboard. After that second interview, I was told I would be called back. After about a week and a half of not hearing from them, I called back Trader Joe's. They told me that they meant to have someone tell me that they wanted to schedule a third interview with me. We set a time for the third interview. I went in- the interview was essentially identical to the second interview, but with different crew mates. After, I waited another week and a half and didn't hear anything from Trader Joe's. So I called again. They said they would have the person who interviewed me return my call. She returned my call almost a week later. She told me that she wished me well on my continued job search.
- Was there ever a time you were criticized by your boss at a previous job? How did you handle it? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (Cleveland, OH) in August 2015.
I went into the store just asking for an application and was immediately asked some interview-type questions. I filled out my information at the store and gave them my application soon after. I was called back a few days later for an interview with some mates. I honestly thought that it went poorly but I was called back for another interview with the store manager a few days later.
- What's your favorite trader joes product? Answer Question
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