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Whole Foods Market Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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Grocery Team Member Interview

Grocery Team Member
New York, NY

I applied online - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2012.

Interview Details – So after applying online, I received an email for a screening event on August 28 at a job agency office. So I learned that it wasn't an interview at all but a screening process to filter out candidates. The recruiter said there were very limited positions and they only seek experience. So I wanted to work in the grocery section, but the recruiter said I don't have experience despite working in grocery/retail for over 7 years. Instead, she pushed the cashier position on me so out of desperation I said I can do it. So I handed over my resume and the recruiter promised to "keep in touch" by calling back. Yeah right!

Even I get offered cashier position, I will flat out refuse because I am sick and tired of these positions. And when measured against the actual job description on the official website, the recruiter made no sense whatsoever. Obviously the recruiter had no idea what the job was. And because of that, I lost interest in the job and the company itself and would never apply/shop again.

Interview Question – None. Just the basics like "Have you been to Whole Foods?" and so forth.   Answer Question

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Associate Store Team Leader Interview

Associate Store Team Leader
Houston, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in April 2011.

Interview Details – this can be an extensive process. You are required to visit each store and tour it, as well meet with each Store Team Leader and discuss the role and store. Then, the actual interview is in front of an 8-10 person panel including all store team leaders, executive coordinator of operations, regional vp and hr representative. Questions are behavioral based.

Interview Question – They ask you to rank each store and leader based on your visits to the entire room of leaders.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – there is no negotiation, salary and position is what it is

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Customer Service Interview

Customer Service

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in September 2010.

Interview Details – The interview was long. Many questions were asked regarding your previous encounters and experience, and you were supposed to provide immediate examples that could backup your answers. If you passed the first interview, you also had to pass the Group/Panel interview. I am very much "pro" towards these difficult interviews. It is fair and is challenging.

Interview Question – Give me an example that you were criticized by your colleague or your supervisor, and how did you respond to it?   View Answer

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Produce Team Leader Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in April 2010.

Interview Details – Applied online after seeing the career opportunities listed on their website. Got an initial phone interview and screening after a few days. This consisted of basic questions about my past career and general details about my current position etc. About two weeks after that I was called for an interview and it consisted of a large panel of store team members and leaders. This is something out of the ordinary I am sure to many people in the retail industry. Whole foods is all about making decisions as a team and sharing the hiring process.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you lead others to success.   Answer Question

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Customer Service Team Leader Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in June 2010.

Interview Details – They expect you to be well verse on the WFM Missions & Core Value. You must do an assessment of who you'll work for (STL,ASTL, Regional Coordinators, your future inherited team members, the team status with successes and opportunities). Promote in within mostly. If you're from outside of the company, we want you to read the website in and out, believe in it and create an action plan of how you can make a successful transition coming from non WFM Culture.

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Whole Body Team Leader Interview

Whole Body Team Leader
Plano, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in March 2012.

Interview Details – Interview processes for management are difficult. First, you must apply online and then make it through a phone interview. Following the phone interview you will be scheduled for a panel interview that includes an HR officer, a store team leader, a department coordinator from the regional office and 2-3 subordinates (usually buyers from the team you are applying for). You will bring a resume and action plan with you. Interviews are capped at 45 minutes long. During the 45 minutes you will be asked questions regarding finance, merchandising, your personal approach to leadership, hypothetical HR questions and questions regarding your areas of knowledge and passion.

Interview Question – Questions regarding HR protocol are the most difficult to answer for an outside hire because they related to the GIG Book manual that an outside hire will not have access to. In   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation phase. They made me an offer and I accepted it.

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Payroll Benefits Specialist Interview

Payroll Benefits Specialist

I applied online and interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

Interview Details – It is a panel interview where you sit in front of a minimum of ten people, all of whom will ask you questions. This panel will include management, employees, regional directors, senior management, potential fellow co-workers. Applications are looked at more than resumes, so make sure that you put all of your experience on the application. Degrees are not awarded anything-experience and knowledge is all that counts. Find out the store leader name and mail your resume and application to them directly in addition to applying online.

Interview Question – They asked me to train them on something and then gave me 5 min. to prepare. Topic of my choice. Most candidates are asked to write an action plan-be sure that you contact and talk to a variety of employees for their input.   Answer Question

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Demo Specialist Interview

Demo Specialist

The process took 1 week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2012.

Interview Details – Previously applied for a position in a different dept so they had my resume. Was called and told I was selected for interview and had to complete a demo project. Given interview date and project assignment. Day of interview was expected to conduct a 20 min demo featuring key products. Demo was followed by panel interview discussion.

Interview Question – Was asked how I would go about putting together an in store event with demos and coordinate with all the departments?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was upfront and told them what I would be asking for the day they called me to schedule the interview. They said it would be in that range and I got the offer I was needing/expecting.

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Team Leader Interview

Team Leader

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

Interview Details – It is a panel interview, that sometime requires upwards of 7-10 people. The people are team members throughout the store and are going to ask questions that relate to how that positions will affect them. They will usually allow 3 people to interview for a position, and after the interview, they vote on who they felt is most deserving of the job.

Interview Question – Speaking to the financials aspects of the job   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They offered me a wage that I felt was fair, and I accepted

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Accounting Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2010.

Interview Details – It is best to apply and then try to get in touch with the hiring person and the hr or payroll benefits person at the location you desire. Making a connection with the store and the recruiter for the position desired can go a long way. There are many applicants for positions at whole foods so don't be surprised if you have to apply more than once or even three times or more before you are selected for an interview. If you are not getting selected for an interview it might be wise to look at a position that is better suited for your skill sets.

Interview Questions

  • what is your favorite core value and why?   View Answer
  • what was your most challenging obstacle in a position and how did you overcome it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It is best to do your research before any negotiations, salary etc.. If you are selected to get an interview it is always best to let the hiring manager know before a position is offered what your requirements are. After you are granted a position and it is accepted, it is more difficult to accommodate any requests you might have. This process could take a while and you might have to apply more than once, keep positive and do your research.

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