Whole Foods Market
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Whole Foods Market Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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Specialty Department Interview

Anonymous Employee

Interviewed at Whole Foods Market

Interview Details Initial phone interview, two personal interviews. Took about 2weeks

Interview Question – Are you a fisherman or a hunter?   Answer Question

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Whole Body Buyer Canada Interview

Anonymous Employee
Markham, ON

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2012.

Interview Details Most interviews take place at a hotel banquet hall...it is somewhat of a cattle call if it is due to a new store opening. You are required to fill our some forms and then given a short panel interview and required to watch some short company culture videos.

Interview Question – What products do you use and what natural lines and supplements do you like?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Not much room to negotiate hourly rate. You either take it or leave it. The research I did on the position revealed a misleading salary base rate.

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ATL Interview

Anonymous Employee
West Vancouver, BC

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

Interview Details Interviewed with Associate Store Team Leader then department Team Leader, followed by the Store Team Leader and a panel interview. Questioned pertaining to leadership and training ability, product knowledge, lifestyle and outlook.

Interview Question – Nothing is difficult or unexpected in an interview.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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Team Leader Interview

Team Leader
Oakville, ON

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in June 2011.

Interview Details Several Team Members, HR, STL and coordinator....
Questions regarding financials, culture and etc...

Interview Question – Tell me a time when you have a problem with a customer and how did you resolve it?   View Answer

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Front End Team Member Interview

Front End Team Member
Vancouver, BC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in April 2010.

Interview Details I was asked how much I know about WFM and about core values. Make sure you know them well and refer to them. Also customer service experience is important.

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Florist Interview

Florist
Oakville, ON

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in January 2010.

Interview Details Brought in my resume and completed an application.
Was contacted by the Produce Team Leader. We chatted briefly and then set-up an in person interview.
Typically you would have a screening with the Store Team Leader then with the department Team Leader. My was reversed due to availability.
Both interviews were less than 30 mins. Spoke about why I wanted to work there, why I left my last job, my previous experience and a bit about flowers. Very laid back interview. Conversational.

Interview Question – Spring is coming up - name top three flowers you'd want to see on the sales floor for the season.   View Answer

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Fish Monger Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market.

Interview Details I submitted my application online through the employer's website. I was contacted by phone to set an initial interview. I went through 2 interviews prior to being hired on full time with the seafood department. The interviews were short and sweet. The whole process was well organized and efficient. Orientation was not as organized and was drawn out over several months. The orientation classes often seemed after the fact as I was learning most of what was covered during the 30-60 minute classes on the job.

Interview Question – Who is your favorite superhero?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non existant

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Front End Cashier Interview

Anonymous Employee
Northbrook, IL (US)

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in August 2013.

Interview Details All applications are accepted online. Through email, an interview was set up. It is important to show interest in natural and organic products. Be able to describe those in an effective and accurate matter, in a way you would explain it to a customer. It is also important to be engaging and comfortable with asking customers for donations.

Interview Question – Are you comfortable with asking for donations? What do you know about Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was little to negotiate, the pay was set at $10.00 starting salary. In other departments, with more skills you can negotiate to start higher.

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Bakery Team Member Interview

Anonymous Employee
Houston, TX (US)

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Whole Foods Market in April 2014.

Interview Details Saw the job online. Signed up with WF website, created a profile, uploaded my resume, entered all of my job history various times on the WF website profile, created a cover letter for the website. Received an email inviting me to the job fair. Showed up at job fair, met with three people, all were very nice. Was interviewed by one local manager, then passed to another location's manager. At the job fair there were 3 tables lined up with two interviewers at each table. They all had one interviewee they were both talking to, but you were seated right next to the other people. You could hear other people interviewing at the same time as you. It was a small challenge to maintain focus while you were answering or during the pause before the next question not to start listening to other people. She asked me many questions about relevant job history, what i know about WF stores, if I could help with certain bakery things, cake decorating, training, etc. She offered me an hourly rate on the spot.

Interview Question – -Tell me a little bit about what you did at your last job. I wasn't prepared for a clear concise answer for this.
-Do you shop at WF; if so, what is it you like about it? Specifically.
- Tell me a little about the signage at your whole foods, what do you notice.
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Negotiation Details – No negotiation. She offered I accepted.

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Marketing Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Interviewed at Whole Foods Market

Interview Details After submitting my resume there was an email exchange, followed-up by a phone interview. After successfully advancing past those steps there was a group interview that was done in a "speed dating" format. I had never heard of that before but was game. It was weird to see the other job candidates in the same room but then again Whole Foods isn't like other companies.

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