Whole Foods Market Associate Team Leader Interview Questions

Updated Jul 17, 2015
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Associate Team Leader Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied in-person – interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

Interview

All applications are online. If you meet specific requirements then you will be either pre-screened or called in for an interview. Make sure you know about the company! Too many people know absolutely nothing about the company they are applying to work for. Show interest in moving up, the company is vastly expanding. Lastly, maintain a positive attitude and demeanor. Answers should be positive but honest. Show a passion for leading!!!

Interview Questions

  • Most questions are open ended, so think about specifics moments in all of your managerial or leadership experience that stand out.. negative and positive. Times where you failed and why, biggest leadership lesson, and tell me about a time you had to humble yourself.   Answer Question

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    Associate Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market (Chicago, IL) in December 2014.

    Interview

    There is a pre screen call, then after, you get invited to a formal interview panel and asked to bring a project or homework that they assign to you at the time of the invitation.

    Interview Questions

    • what do you like about your job, what don't you like? how would you manage a given situation? how would your peers describe you? your boss? your family?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    the negotiation phase was not pretty simple, they can only offer a certain hourly wage, you can negotiate a few dollars but they usually have a goal based on their department's sales and so you can really only fall into a specific bracket at the end of the day. this is something that they are up front with you about on the initial call.

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    Associate Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market (San Francisco, CA) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Initial communication was done over phone and email. The hiring team leader was quite responsive and personable. We spoke on the phone as well and conducted an informal interview. The in-person interview had a panel of 5 - store team leader, regional coordinator, team leader, team member and a team leader from another department. It usually takes about 24 hours to hear back on the results from the interview. IF you did not receive the position you will likely receive feedback on why not and what to improve before you apply again (if you are set on working for the company).

    Interview Questions

    • It is hard to say what the most difficult question is, but some of the harder questions involve financials (margin, etc) as well as real life scenarios that management is involved in. The interview panel will ask questions to gauge proficiency in managing people as well as extensive knowledge in department operations and product knowledge. It is very common to get promoted from within, but when no viable candidates are identified, outside candidates receive a chance to interview.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was no room for negotiation on the hourly wage.

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    Associate Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brentwood, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Whole Foods Market (Brentwood, MO) in November 2010.

    Interview

    The interview process is conducted in a group setting. The group is comprised of both store management and team members. Everyone helps in the candidate selection. Candidates are asked questions by all members of the group.

    Interview Questions

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    Associate Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in November 2008.

    Interview

    The hiring interview process at whole foods was exceptionally casual, and by casual I mean my interviewer was wearing warm-up pants, a white t-shirt and running shoes, for both initial and final interviews it was just the person above the postion I was interviewing for and their direct supervisor. They asked all of the usual questions with the focus on retail experience, I have an extensive background in food/nutrition already so they're were most concerned about whether or not I'd be able to carry out the retail and merchadising side of things. They didnt ask anything weird, just about interactions with former co-workers, management situations, and relationships with athority figures, very straight forward. I took in letters of rec. and read all fo the company values and history pre-interview so I was really well prepared, I didnt actually need most of the information I'd read up on but knowing it helped me tailor my answers to reflect the kind of employee that I though they were looking for. They called me immediately (I mean I was still in the parking lot) back for a second interview which went pretty much the same they had me elaborate on why I wanted to work there and asked some more detailed retail questions. Ultimately I lost the position to an internal candidate but was strongly encourage to stand by for furture openings, since then nothing has come of it which makes me wonder if they say that to all the dissapointed hopefuls...

    Interview Questions

    • What attracts you to a specific product on the shelf?   1 Answer
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    Associate Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview

    You must submit a resume to the store and team you want to apply for. You must also contact several members of leadership and regional. You must interview in front of a panel and prove you are better than anyone else. It's very competitive and can be very stressful. I have seen very good very competent people get turned down and instead had less qualified candidates get the position based on "personality" or "leadership style". You can't predict how you will do in an interview because so many things can come into play.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time you had to change direction and work towards a new goal.   1 Answer
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    Associate Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in September 2011.

    Interview

    The Team Leaders at Whole Foods really expect you to visit every store and meet them. Don't worry about asking them too much of the job itself, but give them a chance to get to know you as a person and how your personality will fit in with their team.

    Interview Questions

    • Were there any questions what you weren't asked, but were prepared for?... followed by them asking such question.   Answer Question
    • What are you most afraid of if you take this job offer? ... followed by How will you tackle that said fear?   Answer Question
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    Associate Team Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in October 2009.

    Interview

    WF's called me to come in for an interview. Do your due diligence. They ask that you do a 30,60,90 action plan. Interviewed with a panael of 7. 24 hours later I got a job offer. There was the store team leader, the team leader of the particular department, the coordinator of the the deparment, and 4 other team members.. The interview was held at the regional offices. This office is well kept and very green. When you first walk in you are greeted by the receptionist who was very nice. Whole Foods culture is terrific!

    Interview Questions

    • If you had to take away one core value which one would it be and why?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I negotiated and it worked in my favor. Don't be affraid to negotiate all they can say is no.

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