Whole Foods Market
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www.wholefoodsmarket.com Austin, TX 5000+ Employees

Whole Foods Market Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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Fish Monger Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

Interview Details – I submitted my application online through the employer's website. I was contacted by phone to set an initial interview. I went through 2 interviews prior to being hired on full time with the seafood department. The interviews were short and sweet. The whole process was well organized and efficient. Orientation was not as organized and was drawn out over several months. The orientation classes often seemed after the fact as I was learning most of what was covered during the 30-60 minute classes on the job.

Interview Question – Who is your favorite superhero?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non existant

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Front End Cashier Interview

Anonymous Employee
Northbrook, IL

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2013.

Interview Details – All applications are accepted online. Through email, an interview was set up. It is important to show interest in natural and organic products. Be able to describe those in an effective and accurate matter, in a way you would explain it to a customer. It is also important to be engaging and comfortable with asking customers for donations.

Interview Question – Are you comfortable with asking for donations? What do you know about Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was little to negotiate, the pay was set at $10.00 starting salary. In other departments, with more skills you can negotiate to start higher.

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Bakery Team Member Interview

Anonymous Employee
Houston, TX

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in April 2014.

Interview Details – Saw the job online. Signed up with WF website, created a profile, uploaded my resume, entered all of my job history various times on the WF website profile, created a cover letter for the website. Received an email inviting me to the job fair. Showed up at job fair, met with three people, all were very nice. Was interviewed by one local manager, then passed to another location's manager. At the job fair there were 3 tables lined up with two interviewers at each table. They all had one interviewee they were both talking to, but you were seated right next to the other people. You could hear other people interviewing at the same time as you. It was a small challenge to maintain focus while you were answering or during the pause before the next question not to start listening to other people. She asked me many questions about relevant job history, what i know about WF stores, if I could help with certain bakery things, cake decorating, training, etc. She offered me an hourly rate on the spot.

Interview Question – -Tell me a little bit about what you did at your last job. I wasn't prepared for a clear concise answer for this.
-Do you shop at WF; if so, what is it you like about it? Specifically.
- Tell me a little about the signage at your whole foods, what do you notice.
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation. She offered I accepted.

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Marketing Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at Whole Foods Market

Interview Details – After submitting my resume there was an email exchange, followed-up by a phone interview. After successfully advancing past those steps there was a group interview that was done in a "speed dating" format. I had never heard of that before but was game. It was weird to see the other job candidates in the same room but then again Whole Foods isn't like other companies.

Interview Question – What do you like to do in Austin?   Answer Question

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No Offer

Positive Experience

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Store Graphic Artist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Columbia, SC

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

Interview Details – I had a phone interview and a panel interview, with many of the managerial staff including but not limited to Body Life Manager, Marketing Manager, and Store Manager. There was a drawing test. I was not required to bring a portfolio but it was appreciated. They were interested in my studio background in addition to my design skills

Interview Question – A produce provider brings in strawberries that he says are as sweet as those strawberry candies. However, we do not sell this kind of product because it has genetically modified ingredients. How would you promote this commentary in our store without promoting an item with GM ingredients?   Answer Question

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No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Front End Cashier Assistant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Ramon, CA

I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in March 2014.

Interview Details – I applied for a different location than the one that contacted me. The day after I applied, a store 10 minutes from that location contacted me about an interview. I agreed, and later put in the application for that store. I went in and interviewed with 3 people; their positions were not disclosed. We sat outside and they asked me general questions regarding my past experience, best and worst scenarios, etc. It went very well, and they said they would be in touch. The very next day, I was contacted by one of the interviewers asking if I would come in again to meet with the store manager. I agreed, and went in and had a very informal conversation with the manager about why I wanted to work there. After we parted ways, the original interviewer came over and thanked me for coming in and said they'd be in touch in the next two days. I did not receive a phone call back, unfortunately.

Interview Question – No difficult questions - one of the interviewers asked me what my favorite season was.   View Answer

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Easy Interview

Prepared Foods Team Member Interview

Anonymous Employee
Charlotte, NC

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in September 2012.

Interview Details – I had to go back several times to get an interview. I was very persistent. They usually hire from within the company. They asked the usual questions. Why do you want to work at Whole Foods. What do you know about Whole Foods? Have you ever worked in a grocery store?

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had an irate customer and how you dealt with the situation?   Answer Question

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Average Interview

Front End Cashier Interview

Anonymous Employee
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in March 2014.

Interview Details – Initial call consisted of a supervisor asking why you'd like to work for Whole Foods. A second, follow-up call inviting me to participate in a group interview after another barrage of questions over the phone (experiences in customer service, most difficult customer experience, favorite Whole Foods product). Then there was the group interview which was essentially a cattle call, consisting of myself and 30+ other candidates. There were about 8 different "Team Leaders" (managers/supervisors), including the Assistant Store Manager. They told us a bit about the company and asked us to go around the room introducing ourselves. (Why do you want to work for WFM, what is your favorite food, etc.) Then they broke us down into 6 groups of 5 people to create a skit for Whole Foods highlighting a core value and a skit highlighting good customer service/bad customer service. The group interview lasted 3+ hours all told. We were told to arrive at 8am and I didn't leave until after 11am. We spent 1 hour from 8 to 9am waiting for the ASM to show up to start the interview. It seemed unprofessional. Then I was called back for a one-on-one interview, which consisted of a hiring manager and a supervisor for the department I was applying to. Mention the core values and the fact that WFM is rated as one of the top companies to work for by Forbes Magazine, it's very impressive. After that, they will either make you a job offer on the spot (which they did for me) or tell you they'll be in touch. Then about a week later you start your training at a different store than you were hired at, depending where the trainer is sent to.

Interview Question – Working in groups with people who you are up against for a job is very awkward if you're not thick skinned enough to handle it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They pay $11 dollars an hour starting April 1st. I don't think there is room for any negotiation amongst entry level employees.

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Easy Interview

Cashier Interview

Anonymous Employee
Nashville, TN

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in April 2011.

Interview Details – Phone interview, then interview at store with team leader (study up on WFM culture!) and then a follow-up interview w/the Store team leader

Interview Question – about the WFM culture   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None, their pay is non-negotiable

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Whole Foods Seafood Team Member Interview

Anonymous Employee
Beverly Hills, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in February 2014.

Interview Details – I interviewed the the Seafood Team Leader and the Assistant Seafood Team Leader at the same time. It was awkward sitting between the two of them getting grilled. But I was set-up for success. They asked me easy questions that anyone interviewing anywhere should already be prepared for. Questions like: Do you shop here, what do you know about fish, how would you handle this situation or that?

Interview Question – What would you do if you have three customers in line and the phone's ringing off the hook and you're the only person on the floor?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Nope.

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