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Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015
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    Dishwasher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    The interview was fairly easy. I got to sit down with one of the Team Leaders and he asked me basic questions such as "Why do I want to work at Whole Foods?" and what I considered my strengths and weaknesses. It lasted about 5 minutes, and then he told me I was going to be interviewed by the Store Assistant Manager. He came back a few minutes later and said there wasn't any need for that and that I seemed like a good fit, and that I'd be receiving the new hire information through email.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Store Graphic Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    (please excuse any typos or grammatical inaccuracies; I wrote this quickly)

    Before I begin, I need to stress that if you are applying for a job at Whole Foods Market, you should really love the company and understand their mission.

    Pre-interview

    When applying for the position as store graphic artist, I made sure to give my resume a unique and personal design, while remaining professional. (Be memorable, not garish.)

    Interview

    Phone Interview: A month after I applied for the job, the head of marketing emailed me and asked to see my current portfolio. Two weeks later, I received an email asking me to participate in a phone interview. Without thinking twice, I immediately responded that I would be free during the time they suggested. Prior to the call I studied the store’s history. I would also suggest you visit the store if you don’t already shop there. I received the call from the store’s head of marketing and we spoke very briefly (maybe 20 minutes). They asked a few question about my resume and experience. They also asked me a few questions about the store specifically and about the company generally.

    Informal Interview: The interview was about a week after the call, which gave me plenty of time to worry. For the informal interview I studied once more and this time in more detail. I researched every article I could find on Google, the Whole Foods Market website, and Buzzfeed. I also took a mental note that Whole Foods is a very casual environment. So, for the interview I wore a pair of dark washed skinny jeans, ballerina flats, and a black blouse. I think it’s also important to note that I have unnaturally colored hair (blue hair) and plugs. But, I made sure to pull my hair back into a very neat pony tail and wore conservative plugs. During the interview the head of marketing gave me a quick tour and showed me some of the signs the previous graphic artist had been working on. (Remember to come up with plenty of questions!) At the end of the interview, they warned me that I would be required to complete an assignment prior to the last interview (and there would be an assignment I would have to complete during the interview).
    Panel Interview: Shortly after, I received an email to set an appointment for my panel interview. They also told me that I would be encouraged to reach out to some of the panel members. (They provided their names, job titles, and emails) I reached out to the panel members with a brief but enthusiastic email asking what they enjoyed most about working at WFM and what, in their opinion, set Whole Foods apart from other grocery stores. As for the assignment, I was given exactly 48 hours to complete a one page print ad. (I made sure to print a copy of my resume and ad for ever one of the panel members) The night before my interview I visited the store again and this time I memorized the store layout; learned the mission statement that was posted in the front of the store. To my interview, I wore a nice skirt, a conservative, plaid, black and while button up shirt, and a pair of black stockings and flats. I arrived at the store 15 minutes early and reviewed my resume as I waited. When it was time for my interview, the head of marketing lead me to a back room where there was a large table and 7 people sitting around it. They were all smiling and were very welcoming. It was somehow relaxed and serious at the same time. Before they began asking interview questions, they first asked me to show my assignment (They were pleased that I had been thoughtful enough to print out a copy of my resume and ad for everyone) and pick one piece from my portfolio that represented my design style. They then started asking me questions about my credentials. Basic interview questions mixed with a few questions about my 5 year plan, my hobbies, and my likes and dislikes. This part of the interview, I felt, went really well. The atmosphere was so welcoming; I was even able to crack a few subtle jokes. Then it was time for the 5 minuet assignment. I was given a piece of chalk paper and few liquid chalk pens. I had never seen anything, or used anything like them before. But, I didn’t allow myself to panic.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you handle stressful situations?   View Answer
    • As you know we have our mission posted in the front of the store. Which of the statements do you feel is the most important and why?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fixed Asset Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

    Interview Details

    I received an email saying they liked my resume and wanted to set up a phone interview. The phone interview lasted about 20 minutes. He asked me multiple questions about my resume and job experience (Make sure you know about whole foods history). He was very friendly and made it very relaxing. I received an email saying that I was moving on to the next stage of the interview process. I was invited to the corporate office for an in person panel style interview. There were seven people interviewing me at once. They were all very friendly and laid back. They all fired questions one after another some pertained to the job others were about my hobbies and what I do for fun. I felt the interview went great but to my disappointment I received an email saying that they decided to go with a candidate who closer met the credentials. Over all great experience.

    Interview Questions
    • If you could be any animal what kind of animal would you be?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Specialty Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Del Mar, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Del Mar, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a call to come in for an interview about a week after applying online. I interviewed with one associate team leader, it was very relaxed and as much a conversation as an interview. A week and a half or so later I got a call to come in for another interview with the team leader and the other associate team leader. This interview was a little harder but still not too hard and enjoyable enough. After they talked, they came in and said I was to interview with the store team leader briefly. I talked with the store team leader a bit and was basically given the job after that. The interview with the store team leader seemed like more of a formality. It did take a few days for the official offer to come over email.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if a customer asked for a cheese similar to ______ (some cheese I'd never heard of)?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They said pay started at $11/hr, I said that sounds just fine to me.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cake Decorator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I spoke to Someone about a month ago, then spoke to Another manager , then was brought in and spoke to three other hire ups, and was finally offered the position. They only start out at 12.00/ hr. And the max cap for the position pays 17/hr. I went online with a link they provided to submit my background check information immediately and discovered that for whatever reason, it had to be re-submitted. I called the store to rectify the matter, and I called the company to re-send the link to resubmit the information. In having touched base with The manager and she went ahead and filled the position due to the transpirance of time it took to get it all straightened out, not of any fault of my own.
    There was also a condensending tone with Her in alluding to having to put all of my years of experience into motion with having to do a presentation, as if my portfolio didn't matter. The other manager also said "after asking what my salary expectations were, and saying I was making 20/ hr. Right up the street, She believed in paying people what they were worth" ha, that after she comes back and says "they were only in a position to start someone out at 12/hr." it's companies like fresh market and whole foods that discredit themselves and continue to service the masses with a sub par product made in a sub par commissary shipped frozen, and sold to people that believe they are getting some kind of value for their money. The entire process was laughable at best, with them taking their sweet time sprawling out the interview process, and then when it came time to submit some information running into a glitch, they hire someone else??? Bogus.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer Service Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Getting a job at Whole Foods Market can be a challenge. I know this because I now work in the recruiting side of things. I applied several times before finally attending a Job Fair for a new store opening. If you choose to go this route, be prepared for a long day and some disorganization, so bring your patience with you.

    If you don't choose to go this route, and apply to work at a more established store, AND if you're lucky enough to get a call back, also bring your patience because it's a long process. First, you submit your application online. Luckily, you only have to create a profile once, but you can apply to as many positions as you want at any given time there are open positions. IF you get a call back, you will be asked several questions over the phone. Make sure you have done some research on the company first (i.e. read about their mission, Core Values, quality standards, non-profit organizations, etc.). It definitely helps to shop at WFM because they will likely ask you about what else you know about the store. If you phone interview well, they will ask you to either 1) come in for a Group Interview, or 2) come in for a one-on-one interview. The Group Interview is a fun, engaging way to interview, but does tend to celebrate and reward extroverts. If you're introverted, your chances will be better at a one-on-one interview. After that interview, you may be asked to go to a second interview on top of that.

    If you finally get a job offer, then you have to have a couple more hoops to jump through to become an official Team Member, which includes surviving the probationary period, as well as a team voting process. It's very involved!!!

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about Whole Foods Market?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Store Graphic Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lafayette, LA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lafayette, LA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I received an email from one of the graphic artists in charge of hiring on a Friday and I responded early morning Monday saying that I would love to come in for an interview. Later that night she sent me a test project where I had to design a banner to display in the store (gave me certain colors to use, picture, text, etc.) and the interview was scheduled for Wednesday.

    Two young women conducted the interview and they asked me questions such as:
    1. Why do you want to work at WFM
    2. Have I ever shopped at a WFM
    3. Asked me to talk about my design for the test project
    4. If I forgot to do a project at work how would my lead designer react
    5. Name a time that you had a difficult time dealing with a client and how you resolved it
    6. Favorite thing to cook.
    7. If they didn't have a full time job available would I accept part time.

    They then both scanned through my portfolio and told me they would go outside to deliberate. They came back no less than two minutes later and told me I wouldn't be a good fit because I didn't have experience working in a fast paced environment such as theirs (which no such question was ever asked that pertained to that) and suggested that I could go into the general job fair going on in the next room and apply for other jobs if I so desired (which felt insulting to say the least).

    The way the interview was conducted and the reasoning I was given for my dismissal seemed trivial and unjustified and I feel as if while interviewing me they had already made their decision as to who they were going to hire or already had a predetermined choice in mind. Simply put, I feel like I never had a fair shot.

    And in regards to not having worked in a fast paced environment, I help manage two large websites. They hang fliers in a supermarket. So you be the judge.

    Interview Questions
    • They told me they hadn't really had time to prepare anything. So the questions were off the top of their heads. I'd just be ready for anything.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    A new store is opening in the area and I applied online. I was contacted a couple of weeks later for a 'Job Fair' group interview at a local community center. The online sign up was problematic at first and had to be corrected and so there were multiple emails about that. The time slot I chose had over 100 people signed up.

    We were split into different rooms with about 30 people in each, sitting at tables facing a screen. We were warned to use the bathroom before the interview started because it's two hours long with no break. First we saw a slide show about Whole Foods Market. We also had to fill out a time availability sheet and sign it. Then we were joined by a large group of WF employees with clipboards and listened to one of them speak about being WF employees and what they are looking in new employees, which seems to be skewed toward very outgoing, cheerful, healthy people. We were also warned that any offer of employment requires a two hour assessment with a physical therapist to determine your fitness. (Two hours?!)

    We were asked to introduce ourselves to the room one at a time, and answer two questions, what is your favorite food, and why do you want to work at WFM? Next we were split into five groups with instructions to plan any type of presentation about Whole Foods in ten minutes. The WF employees walked around listening in on the groups as they planned. Then each group performed their presentation to the rest of us. After that new groups were formed, and had to plan a 3 minute 'commercial' about a WF core value, in ten minutes. The list of core values was provided. After the second performance we were told we would receive an email with either a thanks-but-no-thanks, or information about a second interview.

    About 500 people were being seen at this event over four days, for about 200 openings. As of this writing I have not yet heard back either way. As a shy person it was difficult for me to speak in front of a room full of strangers, and I don't know if I was successful. I'm always nervous at interviews, but this one was exceptionally difficult for me because of the format they use, whereas an outgoing, super confident person may be very at ease.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Team Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tigard, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tigard, OR
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Very simple and straightforward. Didn't ask for much information. Got a call a few days later for a quick on the spot phone interview. Then we set up an in-person interview for the following week. Met with and was interview with three people (at the same time). Got a call the same day offering me the job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Barista Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baton Rouge, LA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baton Rouge, LA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    They asked me the standard questions like:

    "Why would you like to work for Whole Foods?"
    "What's your favorite drink?"
    "Have you any prior food service or retail experience?"
    "How long have you worked at (previous coffee employer)?"
    "Are you willing to leave your current job?"

    I know I particularly wanted a second job or a place that could apply full time. They told me immediately they were looking for night shift & weekend only; 25 - 30 hours a week. They didn't speak anything about pay with me.

    I know at the time I applied, about 70 others had applied. I am aware that WF is really competitive. The interview only lasted 10 minutes, which personally I felt was not a good sign. I had the interview with two people present and both seemed friendly but not genuinely fully invested in the interview. I was prepared for more complicated questions but again, the interview was not long enough to even get to important questions.

    Interview Questions
    • "Are you willing to look into other positions or expand with the company?"   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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