We own and operate the world's leading chain of natural and organic food supermarkets, with over 455 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. We are proud to be America's first national certified organic grocer.
How to Get Hired
We asked Whole Foods Market for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
Whole Foods Market’s culture is best described through our Core Values. We tell candidates that our customers are an important stakeholder in our business and, therefore, look for people who feel passionate about serving others. It is a commonly held belief of Team Members to perceive their work at Whole Foods Market as a calling – and we ask potential Team Members about their motivations, passions and interests when determining their fit within our organization. Not only do Team Members bring their own sense of purpose to work, they do so with the expectation of making the world a better place. Creating an environment of excellence and happiness is key to the success of our business, and we seek Team Members who will perpetuate that environment – Team Members who want to make a difference in each other’s lives and in the lives of others.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
Prospective Team Members should spend time discovering their unique strengths, attributes and talents, and should be able to communicate a clear understanding of their passions and unique interests. This clear understanding should be easily distinguishable in their resumes, social media profiles, personal blogs or any channel that will help communicate who they are. From there, candidates can start interacting with our Team Members by visiting the stores within their communities, following our social recruiting channels, or by getting involved in one of the many community activities we support. We celebrate talent and diversity and look for people who can share their passion with us. The combination of strength, passion, and purpose is what ultimately gets our attention when hiring at Whole Foods Market.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
We have exciting initiatives across the company that will open the door for new positions. These include our new store concept, 365 by Whole Foods Market, which has three locations now open, with many more in development. We are constantly looking for talent to staff the positions required to run existing and new stores. Some essential positions include frontline roles (seafood, produce, meat, Whole Body and specialty positions). Prepared foods in particular needs creative and passionate people. As far as leadership, we will hire associate managers and managers that will lead all areas, ranging from shipping and distribution to our specialty sections (chocolate, wine, beer and cheese). These are innovative and exciting times on the technology front as well! With the launch of our Affinity (rewards) program, the establishment of our CRM team and a strong focus on mobile (iOs/Android) and digital, we will hire talent at the global level that will help support these teams.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Our Whole Foods Market careers website has up-to-date information regarding open positions as well as information about company culture, benefits, new store developments and frequently asked questions. Candidates can go to our Whole Foods Market careers site and create a profile, as well as set job alerts matching their interests in order to receive automatic notifications of open positions. We also advise people to interact with our recruiters by calling the regional office directly or reaching out via social media. For new store openings and leadership opportunities, we host career fairs and pre-hiring events. Depending on the event, we may create hashtags so that candidates can follow the conversation online. Prospective candidates can prepare for an interview by visiting the stores, interacting with stores and recruiters on social media and by reading and understanding our core values, history and leadership philosophy.