I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Trader Joe's.
Interview Details – When I came in and asked for a paper application, the woman I talked to at the desk in the store asked me to "Describe Myself In One Word" This is Phase one of the interview, most people have the slightest clue. Based off of what you say there is a pass/fail pile just to filter out weirdos right off the bat. Then came the call for the Second Interview. It was a typical interview, reviewing my application and clarifying my availability and such. Initially I thought it was a really bland interview and didn't make the cut, until the end where my interviewer told me there was another step in the interviewing process... I came in about a week later and did a much more in depth interview with the "Captain" aka the head honcho.
Interview Question – He asked if I have ever traveled? What I do with my free time (I think they look to hire those who are "interesting") And what my favorite 3 products in the store were. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Competitive pay, I made $10 an hour at my old job so he gave me $11 with a raise opportunity every six months
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Trader Joe's in January 2013.
Interview Details – Walked into the store with a completed application and a resume in my hand and, by luck, headed immediately to the store captain and with my best smile said I was interested in a career with Trader Joe's. I had an interview with a senior mate the next day. Again I smiled the entire time, was super enthusiastic, and said I wanted the job so much I was applying at other stores. Got an interview with the store captain the next day where I did all the talking and at the end he said this was the best/easiest interview he has had in 21 years with Trader Joe's and said he was going to do something he never does and offer me the job of crew member on the spot. I started two days later and was getting five days, eight hours right from the start.
Interview Question – The interviews where very easy just be upbeat and smile. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – If you have a college degree ask for $11.50/hour to start.
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Trader Joe's in October 2013.
Interview Details – I printed out an application and when I went to drop it off I had a quick impromptu interview with one of the crew members. I was scheduled for a 2nd interview. The 2nd interview went well and I was called back the next day with an offer.
Interview Question – I didn't find any of the questions to be difficult or unexpected. I came prepared to ask questions at the end of the interview about qualities they were looking for in an employee and potential for growth. During the interview I focused on expressing my interest in the Trader Joe business model and related my passion to food with the store principles. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I declined because I didn't want to work the schedule they offered me.
I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Trader Joe's.
Interview Details – Show up and be ready to "wow" them. When you drop off your application, make sure to ask for the Captain or a Mate. Be ready to talk about your assets and character - what can you improve? What do you like about Trader Joe's? Be honest and show enthusiasm.
Interview Question – What do you not like about your current job? Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Trader Joe's.
Interview Details – After 3 interviews and a wait of a month and a half I received a rejection letter from trader Joe's today. I will never shop there again. How do you string someone along like that for 6 weeks for a part time job in a grocery store? I did well on the longest of the three interviews and I was fairly certain I had got the job. On my last interview the "Captain" looked at me and gave me a dirty look and it was clearly at that point it was decided even though he never spoke to me. Also when I was screened when I turned in my application I was asked if I was looking for "full time hours" or "part time hours" I said full time and was never informed it was a part time gig until the last interview. Overall the process was long and I was disappointed with the lack of professionalism. It seemed that the other people who I saw come in for interview were high school kids. Maybe that's what they're looking for.
Interview Question – Questions were fairly straight forward. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Trader Joe's in November 2011.
Interview Details – First there was a phone interview. Then there were three in-store interviews. The third is with the regional manager. The whole process was pretty casual. It also happens very fast. My phone interview was about a day after they called, the store interview was two days after my phone interview. The whole process flew.
Interview Question – Name a time that you had to overcome a difficulty managing a group of people. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Trader Joe's in September 2013.
Interview Details – I printed an application online and gave it to the Captain, he asked me this question "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I said, what do you mean, I am already grown up and I am a mom. I got a rejection letter a few days after dated in the same day. I went again to the store and gave another application and waited a week and a half before I got a call, interviewed by 2 mates, they were really nice and knows how to make you feel comfortable.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult , they were the same questions that were listed here, What do you know about trader joe's, How would your previous employer describe you? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – WHen I say yes, I have another interview today.. NO negotiation yet they told me they are offering around $10, how do I like that, I said there is always room for negotiation when the time comes.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at Trader Joe's in September 2013.
Interview Details – Interviewed at a job fair. The recruiter was pleasant & offered other positions within the company I could apply for.
Interview Question – why are you here today? View Answer
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Trader Joe's in September 2013.
Interview Details – I submitted an application about a month before they called me for an interview. They did their usual few questions that they ask any time someone submits an application to there like what is your favorite product? Then a month later on Labor day a woman called me regarding a holiday position which has the potential to become a permanent position later down the road. That week I was actually planning to go out of town so she managed to fit me in for an interview the very next day when they weren't planning on holding them until later that week. So, I went in for my interview and I think the woman who talked to me forgot to make note of my early interview because when I went in they seemed confused about the fact that I was there. They decided to roll with it any way which was probably for the best because I got to interview with the Captain and a mate instead of just 2 mates this way skipping ahead in the interview process. The interview lasted about 25 minutes. They have you go outside and grab some crates then sit on them. They asked me quite a few general questions and a lot of the questions that other people had listed but luckily I had brushed up on them about a half hour before coming so I had them down. It wasn't a really tough interview mostly conversational with the captain asking pretty much all the questions while the mate just listened. They seemed fairly pleased with me and I left in fast fashion like I usually do after interviews. I had my phone off and then when I turned it on a few minutes after leaving I had a voicemail from the captain saying they tried to find me once I left but I was gone so quick they couldn't catch me. I called back and they wanted to offer me the job. So far they seem to be very accommodating considering I will be starting school at the end of this month as well as working around the fact that I am going out of town this week. So, I start on Monday.
Interview Question – They ask situational questions at the end. They asked 3. They weren't too hard to answer.
1. I'm the Captain and I tell you stack crates one way and that is how you learned. Then the next day a mate tells you to stack them a different way and the next day a different mate tells you to stack them another way. What would you do?
2. You are on cash register one day and a customer comes to the register with a lot of groceries and they are talking on the phone. They are not paying attention and you are trying to tell them their total in a polite way to get them to notice and get them to pay. They start trying to run their card and they are sliding the card the wrong way. They finally get off the phone and they are frustrated because they were running the card the wrong way and the transaction wasn't going through. They finally get the card to slide and then they notice that you've single bagged all their items and they wanted them double bagged but they didn't tell you that? What do you do now?
3. You have been taught how to stock the shelves with chips one way. One day you are stocking with another crew member and they start stocking them a completely different way. What would you say to them? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I think I should have been ready to negotiate a little bit better. I had read online that most people start at 11 or 12 dollars an hour. So, when they offered me 10 I let them know that I had heard online that they pay 11. The store manager told me that due to my lack of grocery experience (Although I have 6 years of customer service and retail combined just not grocery) that she can only offer me 1 more dollar than what I had made at a previous position and I had only accepted 9 dollars an hour at my old job which was a pay cut because I really wanted to work there. I should have told them I had another job offer at a competitor store like whole foods that was will to pay me more because I know whole foods starts at 11.
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