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Top 30 Trader Joes Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
This position requires you to lift boxes up to 50 pounds. Are you physically capable of this task?
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Question 2 of 32
Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
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Are you the individual who prefers to know what the routine will be, or do you thrive on the challenge and excitement of unpredictability?

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"I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my tasks. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time."
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"Currently, I work around a random routine. Part of this is due to the nature of my role, and part of it is due to communication issues between departments. I can work in either type of environment; however, I certainly do prefer an organized workplace."
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Question 3 of 32
Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
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Even though you may have a great relationship with your employer, there may be times where you don't see eye to eye. Think of a conflict or disagreement you had with your boss where you responded well, either by suggesting a compromise or taking a calm, relaxed stance when you could have responded in a heated tone. Compromise puts you in a great position with your boss, because it shows your desire to work together and highlights your creative problem-solving abilities.

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"I had a boss that regularly forced overtime on employees at the last minute with no opportunity to make childcare arrangements or plan changes. Sometimes he knew about the need for plenty of time to warn everyone but did not. I spoke with him at length about morale, and eventually, he started giving the notice sooner, making everyone's lives easier."
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"I have done my best to always get along with my bosses, but inevitably I've disagreed with some of them in the past. Generally, the disagreements have been surrounding distribution of tasks among the staff. When I see that employees are unfairly treated, it bothers me. I'm not very confrontational, but I did pull my boss aside on a few occasions to let her know that the treatment seemed unfair and it was hurting morale. She was not thrilled at first since it questioned her authority and knowledge of the team, but after explaining how it was impacting the morale and productivity, she understood."
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Question 4 of 32
We have very busy and productive work days at Trader Joes. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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The interviewer wants to be assured that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

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"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."
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"Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload: - List your tasks and prioritize them - Think of which tasks add to the company's bottom line, and start there (Closest to the money!) - Exhale. Relax for a minute and collect yourself - Organize your tasks by which ones you can complete independently and which ones you need help with - Take sufficient breaks, so you do not exhaust yourself - Communicate your struggles with your leadership or team"
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Question 5 of 32
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
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Question 6 of 32
What is the worst thing a previous manager could say about you?
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Question 7 of 32
Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
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Question 8 of 32
What work situations excite and motivate you?
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Question 9 of 32
When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
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Question 10 of 32
How do you deal with stressful situations?
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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: 07/01/2018

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Question 11 of 32
What questions do you have for me, about Trader Joes?
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Question 12 of 32
Do you have reliable transportation?
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Question 13 of 32
What are you looking for in a job?
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Question 14 of 32
What is your current salary?
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Question 15 of 32
Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?
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Question 16 of 32
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
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Question 17 of 32
Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
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Question 18 of 32
Our stores are open nearly 24/7. Are you able to accommodate early start times, late start times, split shifts, weekends, overtime hours, and holidays?
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Question 19 of 32
What do you know about Trader Joe's?
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Question 20 of 32
We are in a very competitive market. Why do you want to work for Trader Joe's?
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Question 21 of 32
In this role with Trader Joe's, there are a few levels of management. Tell me about your ability to accept guidance and feedback from multiple managers.
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Question 22 of 32
At Trader Joe's our success is greatly based on the engagement level of our employees. Do you consider yourself a reliable employee?
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Question 23 of 32
At Trader Joe's we are set apart from our competitors by our incredible customer service. What is your customer service philosophy?
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Question 24 of 32
What type of career growth do you feel we can offer you here at Trader Joe's?
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Question 25 of 32
If you could choose to work in any department at Trader Joe's, which would you choose?
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Question 26 of 32
At Trader Joe's we take our theft prevention programs very seriously. Have you ever caught a coworker stealing? What did you do?
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Question 27 of 32
Are you looking for a long term employment opportunity?
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Question 28 of 32
Do you have experience in handling monetary transactions?
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Question 29 of 32
At Trader Joe's we like to train and promote our employees as often as possible. Where would you want to see your career with Trader Joe's take you?
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Question 30 of 32
How do you handle dissatisfied customers?
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Question 31 of 32
Do you have any experience in up-selling?
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Question 32 of 32
How do you motivate your fellow team members?
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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.

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