Team member interview questions shared by candidates
Are you OK with helping out in the store when you're not making deliveries?1 Answer
I would have no problem doing that. I know that as a delivery driver it's also my responsibility to be helping the team members inside the store when I have idle time.
What do you think of garden nomes.47 Answers
I don't think of them.
I'd ask in return: what value do they offer? For example if you put a gnome in the garden, do they scare aware birds? and then finally, how does this question relate to the job?
It depends on the profit margin and how we can sell them. I feel a part of Trader Joe's is whimsey, but also based on good values. The nomes are part whimsey, but can bring in customers to the store
Hm. I usually think of garden gnomes.
I prefer gargoyles and dragons instead. Gnomes are too happy.
Gnomes are determined, they fish in all weather, they are hardworkers as denoted by the wheel barrows they push, but are vertically challenged for most jobs.
I think Gnomes are overrated
Garden gnomes? What a perfectly and ridiculously evil way of saying, "I'm obviously superior to you because I'm cleverer than you. If you were so smart you would throw up your hands, call me a bad name and storm out mumbling under your breath, "what a pompous dweeb!"
Geez don, why the pent up anger? I love this question, particularly if it was the first question or if the interviewee appeared to be so uptight, the interviewer wasn't going to get a view of the real personality of the interviewee. My opinion, potential response is to laugh and answer somewhat similar. "It depends are they wearing a red or a green jacket?"
I never think of Garden Nomes. never did like them, and they should be banned in all gardens immediately if not sooner!!
Re: TNT Actually, I didn't think my anger was pent up. Should have been clearer. I guess one's response to this MAY be determined by whether you have a job or not. I assume you do. I don't currently have a job and have been in (more than) my share of interviews. It's a stressful situation at best and unless the interviewer can give some reason for asking the question ("Your working here depends on whether or not I like your answer" vs "Let me gain some insight into how you think" vs "Hey, lets have some fun just to break the ice, I know you're in a difficult situation and maybe taking a minute to ponder the imponderable will help!" Fair enuf. But, to play with you like a cat/mouse is unprofessional and I suggest condescending. Oh, for sure, I'd play along sweating the whole time trying to guess what this guy/gal is looking for unless he/she has articulated it before. Just frickin' tell me about the job and let me tell you about myself. I guess my feelings are THAT is the purpose and goal of most interviews. Not cat and mouse games.
If I could get work as one then I probably wouldn't be here today talking to you.
With my eyes closed.
As the Goddess of inspiration, Cerridwen would answer that this is an excellent question for a potential team member of Trader Joe's to answer. This question is a concrete one that requests the interviewee to show creativity. What I personally think of garden gnomes is irrelevant; however, what does matter is - can I present garden gnomes to potential buyers in such a way that the need to own at least one helps sell the product - and by extension, can I help the seller to create a positive view of garden gnomes to help sell them. Gnomes are magical beings regardless of what they look like - but they can be cute or ugly --- which is in the eye of the beholder. My job is create a cuteness and utility to having a gnome in ones garden or anywhere else that a gnome would be useful.
I've never given any thought to garden gnomes. Is that what you make here?
ok, so this is for Trader Joe's, who I think might actually sell garden gnomes: "Some people like them. I would sell them in the gardenning section of the store and probably only stock them in the Spring"
I would laugh and say, "Great question!!" It would show me that the manager has a sense of humor, and I like that at a job. It would also put me more at ease.
I couldn't eat a whole one
I prefer gargoyles and dragons instead. I am a litigator.
Me: a bit over-sized but perfectly acceptable for Lawn Darts.
It would depend where in the interview this occurred. It could be a waste of time, it could be a put at ease ice-breaker, or it could reveal your general view on somewhat pointless, quirky things. Since Trader Joe's is a quirky style company (floral print shirts, a giant bell used to make announcements, a tounge in cheek mailer, I would view it as an attempt to determine if I would embrace quirky or be frustrated by it. Now if this was asked at an interview at a large corporate bank, I'd view it as a waste of time question
It depends.... Do they like Prosecco?
More people should give them credit for being the original flower children!
I'd love them if it gave me a chance to hang out with Harry Potter trying to toss them out of the garden.
I think Toadaly is on the money. Given that this is for a retail organisation, I would say I'm not keen personally but if there is money to be made selling them that's entirely different.
I think of George Harrison, David Robinson, and Travelocity. I think George had an album cover with gnomes on it. David Robinson was playing one on one with Tim Duncan and used a gnome as a boundary. Well, Travelocity is well known for it traveling gnome. Not sure I would think of these off the cuff at an interview though.
"I own 7 garden gnomes carved out of materials reclaimed from abandoned indie record stores. I find they really compliment my whimsical woodsy decor. I've named each one after a different iconic bearded hipster folk indie pop singer. They are dank." (I assume that I would be a giant hipster if I was applying at Trader Joes"
@don... generally speaking, when called for an interview, you are already qualified for the job, that's what the resume is for, the purpose of the interview is two part, one, to verify the stuff you wrote on the resume is accurate and two, to see how you will "fit" into the company (this goes both ways), being this is trader joe's...i think it is an appropriate question which could be answered with some humor and spin it by injecting how you can contribute to the company.
Could be an excellent prop for displaying the garden fresh ___________ that is on sale this week! Shows that you've actually been in a Trader Joe's
I think they are effective to keep one's garden... cute.
re: Frank. Fair enuf that this is a Part 2 type question. It just makes me nervous to think my mortgage, my kids braces, college tuition, their health care and my car payments depend on how I feel about garden gnomes.
When I was a kid, I enjoyed watching that cartoon that chronicled the life of a garden gnome and his wife. Boy, those garden gnomes sure live a dangerous life!
I am not going to lie. I will always through in a ridiculous question, which has no bearing on the position, simply for my amusement. Let's face it if you are doing interviews all day, you have to let yourself have some fun. Yes I do work for a major corporation and I have never been ridiculed for doing so.
As someone who has interviewed thousands of people in the course of my career, I suspect this question is designed more to get people talking and to show their underlying personality. TJ's (full disclosure...I love shopping there), is a retail outlet and it's important for employees to make connections with their customers. I've overheard some pretty bizarre questions asked during shopping trips there and you want employees who will take them in stride.
My answer: I like garden gnomes. They are colorful, whimsical and can serve as a focal point in the garden. I suppose they aren't favored by everyone, but that's okay-our differences make the world more interesting. Is Trader Joes's thinking of selling Garden Gnomes in its stores? But what I'd really be thinking is: I can't believe I have to answer stupid questions like this one just to get affordable health insurance and an $ 8/hr job. What refuse of the bull! I feel sorry for all you job seekers here.
Hmm - Chunks of cheap concrete or plaster, with simple, easy to reproduce in quantity, with the opportunities for endless new model varieties - at a truly ridculous markup once you have a marketable design - I wish I had royalty rights on that product! Too bad about the shipping costs with gas prices, but at least you'd never have to worry that the stock would spoil, as you can leave them out in the rain!
You would not see them in my front yard.
I don't think of them much, but I suppose I'm wondering three things right now: 1. What is with the gnome in the Travelocity commercial? How does a gnome make you want to take a vacation? 2. Why are their hats taller than they are? It's like whoever manufactured them was making fun of them which is sad since whoever manufactured them was getting money for doing so. So basically, whoever manufactured them was making fun of the thing that helps pay their bills. 3. Why did you misspell "gnome"?
I think it is just getting more stupid the interviews. they are playing with people who are more than able to do the job, the questions are just entertainment for the interviewers. I like critical thinking but people are making are mock of it. Who cares about gnome , or how many people are there in different places of the world? many are taking the opportunity to steal ideas from candidates to create new products for the company, it should be illegal or recorded in the boardroom(do not sell your idea), if it is really good , they will ignore you and keep your idea.
Y'know, it's funny. Everyone worries about the zombie apocalypse. No one is prepared for the gnome apocalypse. NO ONE :P.
@ Shining Star. You just do not get it. This interview question alone, has triggered your frustration, and displayed your inability to improvise and just have fun. Take the interviewer at face value, and stretch your imagination to an unknown world that you have never considered possible. If you can consider a video game as a reality, try using your imagination as the same tool. You think, therefore it can be possible.
If they can't get their DPS over 45K in Elegon, they need to be vote kicked.
they're great for target practice....
There very different
Its spelled "gnomes" and they're creepy
Contradiction. Abnormal yet normal
What would your "last" meal be if you had to choose.4 Answers
The worlds best hamburger, my sisters macroni and cheese, and my grandmothers potato salad.
They're looking for the person to answer with some kind of healthy food. Take a look online or around the store to see what they sell and just make up a meal. This is what they're looking for.
They don't care WHAT your answer is, they just want to see that you can be passionate about food. They want to see you smile at the thought of what you eat.
2 California rolls, 2 spicy tuna rolls, a NY strip followed by some mashed potatoes and gravy. A Peligrino to drink.
What do you tell your boss when you give the person the wrong order? How are you going to fix it?3 Answers
On the application there was a cashier front desk and food line option but overall you still do a little bit of everything. My answer was pretty logical: you apologize, quickly make the right order and tell the boss the truth and make sure to have less to no mistakes in the future.
What experiences do you have that are related to the position you are appling for???2 Answers
I have several years of cashiering expereince including one in which I was forced to resolve customer complaints that were within my rhealm, processing returns and exchanges in accordance with company guidelines and etc.
I have several years of experience doing stock and unloading the trucks,and bringing the frieght to the right floors packing them out and making sure that i'm puting the right items and price tag on the shelves.
The Stubs program was the hardest, they give you the pamphlet 5 to 10 minutes before the interview and expect you to have memorized most of it.2 Answers
I keyed in on the parts I liked so I could talk energetically about it but still it felt like the guy thought it was insufficient. They'd like you to focus on the fact it can be "self renewing" because if you see over a 100 movies a year you can get the money on the card required to renew.
It's really not that difficult. All you have to do is look it up beforehand to find out the benefits, and then you won't be in a rush to read the pamphlet they give you. Do some math before you go as well, and then you'll know how many movies someone has to see and what they have to buy to make their money back.
Pretend you were helping a mom find a pair of shoes for her 3 year old son. As you are helping her, you realized that the correct size is not on the shelf, what would you do?2 Answers
I might have remembered this question wrong because I don't even think I understood it. I just said she should leave her number and we will call her when the item is in stock.
Check to see if you have the correct size in the backroom, if not try to look up the inventory of another store to see if they have the size for which she is looking.
Tell me about a time where you made a difficult decision?2 Answers
What was your answer?
I had to make a decision recently between two configurations on one of our routers. Time was quickly moving away from me, and I had to have all the equipment back up in a matter of minutes. I chose the configuration that I had the most data on because I knew at least that I could better troubleshoot it if there was a problem. My decision was the right one.
Tell about a problem and how you fixed it2 Answers
Tell them exactly that
Since the position is for sales floor team member, I would say this" well, if there is a customer that comes to me and complain about something in the store that I wasn't familiar with because I'm new, I will refer the customer to my co worker in the floor team that's been working in target for years and has much more experience than me.
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