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Trader Joe's Interview Questions

Updated Nov 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (40)  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (Lincoln, NE).

    Interview

    I went into the store and handed the acting manager my application. She looked it over, then immediately asked, "What's your favorite Trader Joe's item?" I answered, and then she signed me up for an interview the very next day. I had an interview with the assistant manager, where he took me to the back of the store and we sat in chairs across from each other. It was very casual. He asked me very normal questions about why I wanted to work at TJ's and what I was hoping to do. He was friendly and I answered everything in a friendly but concise manner. I had prepared for most of the questions he'd asked. When the interview was over I asked him questions about himself. He then invited me to come for a second interview with the store manager. The second interview was much the same and he asked nearly the same questions. I asked him a lot of questions about himself and his opinion of the store and he spent most of the interview talking--more than I did actually. At the end of the interview he asked me to reapply for a manager position and mentioned that if I didn't get the management position he'd hire me as a crew member. Very laid back and earnest interview process. There was no background check or drug test.

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  2. Helpful (2)  

    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    I was told by a young man half my age that I was not getting an interview in person, because I was not qualified.

    I feel this is age discrimination. I have great references and years of organic market and sales experience. I also have a culinary degree and a food handler certifcation.

    It is poor business practice to not interview qualified applicants. Disappointing.

  3.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Trader Joe's.

    Interview

    I filled in the form at the store and the assistant manager asked me a few questions such as why trader joe's. I answered as I planned to. After that he gave me a card said, if I did't call you two weeks later, call me back. still waiting.

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  4. Helpful (3)  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (New York, NY) in November 2017.

    Interview

    i printed out an application, filled it out, dropped it off at the store and was scheduled for an interview right there in person. i went to the interview a week after and it was really easy going and non stressful interview. told me they would call me within 2 weeks. still waiting.

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  5.  

    Crew Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (Lexington-Fayette, KY).

    Interview

    Great interview, basic questions. Essentially wanted to know about my last job and conflicts/responsibilities I had there. Very easy and laid back process. Only took a week. Questions asking about past jobs and what I want from Trader Joes

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  6. Helpful (1)  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (New York, NY) in November 2017.

    Interview

    Short. Felt good for the most part. However, for a place that is looking energetic people my interviewer was very, very laid back. He was more interested in my last job than he was into me as a person and a possible employee at Trader Joe's. He also only asked me one question pertaining to Trader Joe's.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at Trader Joe's?   1 Answer
    • Did I need special credentials for my last job?   1 Answer
    • Was there ever a time I had to deal with some one difficult from my last job?   1 Answer
    • Do you have any questions?   1 Answer

  7. Helpful (2)  

    Crew Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Trader Joe's.

    Interview

    You submit an application in person, shake hands and talk for a bit. Then they say they'll call or email you to schedule an interview. Seems you should dumb yourself down on the application. My antisocial friend who flunked out of college and studied a dry subject got a call back. I, the friendly one, who has a postgraduate, works in the arts and has exactly the same availability did not receive a call back from the same store. If you're well educated I suggest leaving it off the application. Ironic that their vision was to fill the aisles with "unemployed PhDs" but they want typical retail staff.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you shop at Trader Joe's? What's your favorite product?   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (5)  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Trader Joe's.

    Interview

    Immediately upon application, a manager took the time to speak with me about my experience and availability. I was given a call to sit down with him and one other manager shortly after. He was easy-going, friendly, and fun to speak to. The interview was conducted in the back-room of the store and felt very comfortable and informal. After this interview, I was called back sit down with the Captain (General Manager) of the store.

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  9. Helpful (2)  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (New York, NY) in October 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online and was sent an email that stated "I am writing to set up a time for the next step in our interview process. I apologize for the short time frame..." It was very short notice but I immedately replied and set up a time. When I arrived at the Chelsea store, I saw about 4 other people filling out an application. Since I already had mine, the interviewer and I went to the side, took a seat and she started interviewing me. In all honesty, I thought the interview went well. I answered all her questions clearly, I was personable and even tried to engage the interviewer. In the past, I have interviewed for Trader Joes and after I always felt like I could of did better with the interview but this time, I was confident that I would be offered a position or an interview with the captain.

    The interviewer at the end even looked over my schedule and I was hopeful. However, a few days later, I received an email that said "I would not be moving forward in the interview process" The next step would have been to speak with the store captain which I desperately wish I could have done. I don't think it's fair for candidates to only speak to a hiring manager and have them make the choice. I believe the captain should also speak with the candidates because they have the final say. I was really discouraged when I recieved the email. I've always had a respect for Trader Joes and I know I would have been a great team-member but now I don't believe I will apply for Trader Joes again because it's obvious they have a "personal criteria" in hiring employees.

    A few days later I called the Chelsea store out of curiousity and asked if I could speak to the store captain. I was told by the manager (mate) that he wasn't in. I asked when he would be and called again on the day where I was told the same thing again. Finally, I ended up explaining the situation to the mate since it was apparent I would never get to speak to the captain. He told me to call the 72nd street store since they deal with who gets hired and gave me three people I could speak too. I called the store and ended up speaking to a hiring manager, she said if I wasn't selected, I just wasn't the right fit but she was extremely cold which surprised me since this is Trader Joes. When we finally hung up, I decided it's probably not worth applying in the future despite the fact that I've been trying for years, I obviously don't have the factor that they are looking for despite being college educated, friendly, hardworking and dependable. I even told the manager during my interview that my schedule is flexible "depending on the store's needs" so if that isn't dedication to the store, I don't know what is.

    By the way, the short time frame email is done purposefully. A relative of mine applied the next week and they also sent her the same email the day before the interview "apologizing for the short time frame" when booking the interview which is pretty inconvienent to those who work or go to school.

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  10. Helpful (1)  

    Crew Member Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Temecula, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Trader Joe's (Temecula, CA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    3 Interviews. First with fellow crew. Second with Mates (asst. mgrs). Third with Captain (manager). All three interviews pretty much asked the same exact questions. Very friendly interviews. I wasn't intimidated at all.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a situation where you were challenged and were able to resolve it.   1 Answer
    • What can you bring to the team   Answer Question

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