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Trader Joes Interview Questions

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Question 1 of 32
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
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Every place of employment will have its challenges. Talk to the interviewer about a specific issue that you were able to overcome in your previous role. Be sure to remain positive. Avoid complaining or saying negative things about your last employer or co-workers.

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"In my most recent position we had an ongoing concern with our most popular stock depleting before the new shipment would come in. Customers would become annoyed and upset, which then became an issue for me as the Customer Service Manager. I decided to document the cycle and then approach the Inventory Manager about my concern. We were able to work on a solution for ordering from that particular supplier. In the end, this solved the majority of supply issues."
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"In my most recent positions, communication was our biggest problem. I implemented, with the support of management, a weekly email update that kept our departments talking to each other instead of pointing fingers when an issue would arise."
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Question 2 of 32
How do you motivate your fellow team members?
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You don't have to be a manager or a team leader to motivate others. Offering a listening ear or providing words of encouragement can make a world of difference to your coworkers. Sometimes, just being a positive influence and showing up consistently can also make a difference.

If you have worked in a leadership role, think of ways you helped set clear goals or helped individuals cultivate a new skill. Reflect on your experience and share some ideas that you have helped encourage others to keep up the good work!

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"I motivate my fellow team members by coming to work with an exceptional attitude every day. I won't allow anyone's bad mood to let me down. That influence alone has helped many of my coworkers get through their day on a more positive note."
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"I motivate others by complimenting their work, asking them their opinion, and making them feel like a valued part of the team."
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Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?
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In which situation are you the happiest and most productive? Talk to the interviewer about your preference when it comes to teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (IE: I only like to work by myself).

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"I have found, in the past, that I work best in an individually driven environment; however, I can certainly be productive in a team-based setting as well."
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"I am a fan of team-based positions where everyone has something unique to offer. It creates a great diversity and generates ideas that may not have occurred in an individual based work environment."
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What is your current salary?
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A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

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"I am currently earning a base salary of $28,000. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
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"I am currently making $50,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."
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What are you looking for in a job?
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This can be a tricky question to answer if you've never had a job before! Think about your education and any volunteer experience you have received or training. What are some aspects of those experience that you enjoyed? For many people, working in an environment that is positive helps them to feel more motivated and often more productive. Your coworkers can have a huge influence on your experience as well. If you work with positive and encouraging people, you will feel appreciated and cared for at work. Review the job description so that you can also share some of what you're looking forward to learning. The most exciting part of a new job is that you have so much room to grow and learn. This is the beginning of your career so get excited!

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"I am new to my career so I am looking for a job that will give me great training and a positive work environment."
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"I'm looking for a company with which I can grow, and a team that will help me do it. I want to make the right decision with my first job out of school that will put me on the right career path."
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Author of Trader Joes Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 05/26/2018
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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About Trader Joes

When it comes to grocery chains, Trader Joe's isn't your average Joe. With about 340 stores in some 25 states, the company offers upscale grocery fare such as health foods, organic produce, and nutritional supplements. To keep costs down, its stores have no service departments and average about 10,000-15,000 sq. ft. The company's specialty is its line of more than 2,000 private-label products (70% of sales), including beverages (its signature Charles Shaw brand wine sells for $2 a bottle), soup, snacks, and frozen items. Started by Joe Coulombe as a Los Angeles convenience store chain in 1958, the company was bought in 1979 by German billionaires Karl and Theo Albrecht, who also founded the ALDI food chain.