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Whole Foods Market Interview Questions & Reviews
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- Cashier (59)
- Prepared Foods Team Member (35)
- Team Member (27)
- Bakery Team Member (27)
- Grocery Team Member (27)
- Front End Cashier (22)
- Team Leader (13)
- Specialty/Wine Team Member (8)
- Produce Team Member (8)
- Whole Body Team Member (7)
- Customer Service (7)
- Front End Team Member (6)
- Prepared Foods Cook (6)
- Seafood Team Member (6)
- Customer Service Supervisor (5)
- Store Graphic Artist (5)
- Associate Team Leader (5)
- Marketing Supervisor (5)
- Marketing Team Leader (5)
- Specialty Team Member (5)
- Administration (4)
- Assistant Team Leader (4)
- Marketing (4)
- Cashier Assistant (4)
- Marketing Specialist (4)
- Customer Service Team Member (4)
- Meat Team Member (3)
- Courtesy Clerk (3)
- Demo Specialist (3)
- Human Resources (3)
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Produce Team Leader Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
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 Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
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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Grocery Team Member Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
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 (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
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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Whole Body Team Leader Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in February 2013.
Interview Details – Panel interview. Typically anywhere from 5-10 team members, also with Store Leadership, and regional leadership. They all randomly ask questions in no particular order. A lot of situational questions.
Interview Question – If you don't get this position, why do you think that is? View Answer
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Specialty Wine Buyer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in January 2014.
Interview Details – I applied online for the position but did not hear from them for 6 weeks. I finally got a call from the specialty team leader and had a 20 minute phone interview which went well. I was invited to interview in person the next week and arrived 15 minutes early and was told to wait in the cafe. When I sat in the small cafe to wait, I realized they were interviewing another person for the same position a few tables away in full view and earshot of me. The other person probably didn't know I was there to interview as well, but I felt a little uncomfortable because I could see and hear everything. I found it to be somewhat unprofessional. They ran late with their other interview and they didn't get to me until a good 30 minutes after our appointment. I first interviewed with the specialty team leader I talked to on the phone for a good 30 minutes and then he took me on a tour of the store and the department. While on the tour we bumped into a team member from a different department who put me on the spot asking me a couple pretty detailed questions about wine regions, styles, and recommendations. I took it in stride and responded well, but felt ambushed that some random employee would put me on the spot like that in the middle of a job interview. In retrospect it was most likely a pre planned set up, if not it was really a jerk move on their part to butt in like that and test me. Anyways I handled it no problem and we sat back down in the cafe for a second interview. The second interviewer just gave me his first name, I wasn't told he was the overall store team leader, I found that out later, but that interview also went well. He didn't ask me anything job specific, he was mostly interested in why I wanted to work there. He was basically looking to see that I was knowledgeable about their corporate core values, shared their beliefs, and that I was enthusiastic about coming to work at Whole Foods. He asked me a couple random things, might as well have asked what my favorite color was because they had absolutely nothing to do with my qualifications or experience. In any event I nailed which was now my 3rd interview and we parted ways with them saying they would be in touch, I was there over 2 hours. I fully expected a job offer but a week came and went with no contact. About 10 days after my 3rd interview I got a call and they wanted me to come back in the next week for a 4th interview. I came in and again met with someone who wasn't properly introduced, he was some sort of assistant team leader I think. This one was brief, he talked to me for like 5 minutes and that was it. I met with the specialty team leader again before I left and he told me things were going to move quickly from that point and he would call me later that day. That call never came. 3 days after my 4th interview I called them and was told they were trying to organize a couple regional managers to come in for a panel interview which would be with the 2 regionals, the store team leader, assistant team leader, specialty team leader, and a few random team members from various departments. So at this point I was to come back for a 5th interview with 7 different people which they were trying to schedule for the following week. I got a call the following week to let me know it wasn't going to happen that week but most likely would be the next week. It wasn't until that phone call that they let me know I was the only candidate going forward. After the panel interview I would finally get an actual job offer, and then have to wait another week or two for them to complete a background check at which point I could finally start working. This would have been about 3 full months after I initially applied for the position. All this for a $12.00-$14.00/hr job! During this process I received three other job offers from other companies which I applied and felt it would be foolish to turn down real job offers to gamble on Whole Foods finally making me a real job offer. When I called to inform them of my decision they made me feel bad about it and actually accused me of not really wanting to work there in the first place. The truth is I REALLY wanted to work for Whole Foods. I was going to take a substantial pay cut to get my foot in the door with the company, but I couldn't wait 3 months for their very unorthodox hiring process to play out. I would hope going forward they make an effort internally to expedite their hiring process. In my case they lost what was going to be a great team member with great leadership potential who wanted to be a member of the team for many years to come.
Interview Question – They had a team member ambush me with some wine questions during the tour of the store. Not very difficult but certainly unexpected. View Answer
Reason for Declining – It was the only candidate going into the final step of the hiring process, but just couldn't justify declining other real job offers for what wasn't a sure thing. Every day that passed put me deeper in debt and I couldn't risk declining jobs and possibly not having anything at the end of the process.
Front End Cashier Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.
Interview Details – 2 interviews panel style asked about skills and familiarity of products asked about familiarity of company if you are a customer and favorite products also asked about familiarity of green lifestyle organic products what organic and clean products meant to you and how you value organic and natural products
Interview Question – problem solving question Answer Question
Negotiation Details – short got desired salary but was expected to perform at a high level
Non-Retail Associate Accountant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in May 2014.
Interview Details – The interview process consisted of a screen phone interview and a second panel interview. I am a new undergraduate and was very nervous about the panel interview; however, the associates made me feel at ease.
Interview Question – Unexpected Question: If you were an animal, what kind would you be and why? Answer Question
Vitamin/Bodycare Buyer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in September 2010.
Interview Details – I was interviewed by Omar. We had just been bought and became Wholefoods and the latter was Wild Oats. He was very business like but he had the same values.
Interview Question – It was the values that threw me because I did not know that Wholefoods had my same values and I was nervous of our latter company did not share these values. I was surprised when he smiled with my ideas. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Continue doing my job.
Marketing Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and interviewed at Whole Foods Market.
Interview Details – There is a panel interview. Mine had 8 people on it, all of whom I knew, but it was still really intimidating. There was a homework assignment that needed to be done as well as reaching out to everyone that was on the panel. The interview is about 45 minutes long and you usually hear if you got the position the same day.
Interview Question – How can you help the customer service team more with fundraising? Answer Question
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