Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

Click here to go straight to all our career listings. Type in a department, location, specific role, or keyword and we’ll show you careers related to that search.

To apply, click on a career that interests you and then click the “Apply Now” button at the top or bottom of the description.

We suggest browsing our job descriptions and applying to the ones that align with your interests and experience. If you sign in with LinkedIn, we can suggest jobs for you based on your career experience. You can also check us out on Instagram or Facebook to learn about what our Team Members' various careers are like!

Complete your application to its entirety even if you’re attaching a resume. It helps showcase interest and effort, but also makes it easier for us to recognize why you’re so great! Additionally, think of ways outside of submitting an application to stand out. One person created a webpage and video specifically for a role and sent it to us. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond.

Sometimes resumes don't tell the whole story. Use your cover letter to talk about things you can't convey in a resume. It’s not required, but it’s a great way to showcase your passion, interest and what makes you a great candidate!

You sure can! It’s a great way to get face-to-face time with a hiring manager. However, you’ll still need to submit a resume online. We only consider applicants that apply online.

You don’t. But attaching a resume is strongly encouraged (especially for leadership positions). If you make it to the interview steps, it helps us to have your full resume to share with hiring managers.

While each case is considered individually, in general we do not offer sponsorship other than for hard to fill positions.

Relax, have a kale smoothie (optional), and sign up for our Talent Community by clicking here. We post new careers every day, and we’ll alert you when ones that interest you are posted.

You sure can. But don’t go overboard. Applying for more than one job is a great idea, but applying for too many shows you may not know what you want to do. Carefully read descriptions and decide which jobs best fit your skillset and focus on those. We also offer an "All Team Member" position that allows you to apply for any entry-level role within the store.

Unfortunately, no. We leave roles open as long as we can to ensure we get the right candidate. But once we close the role, it means we’ve made a decision.

As an equal opportunity employer, Whole Foods Market is committed to a diverse workforce and is also committed to a barrier-free employment process. Individuals that require accommodation in the job application process for a posted position may contact us. Please click on this link.

We apologize for the technical hiccup! For assistance, please click on this link to submit a technical support issue. A member of our career site technical support team will respond to your issue within two (2) business days.

When you apply for a Team Member role, you are applying for multiple entry-level positions within the store. After you take the assessment, a member of our recruiting team will reach out and discuss your experience, our available positions, and the next steps if there is a good fit.

Post Application Process

Your journey begins! Within 24 hours, you should see an email saying we received your application. We'll also give you next steps and provide some tips to help you with our interview process.

Depending on the role, it can take a few weeks to find the right candidates. We try to reach out at least once a week to let you know where we are in the process, but understand that hundreds and sometimes thousands of people apply for a single career opportunity.

Occasionally a candidate will be referred for another position than the ones for which they've applied. However, you will generally be considered only for the position(s) you applied to.

Don’t give up! Our acceptance rate is lower than Harvard’s. It’s very competitive to get a career here. But take the opportunity to find other careers revamp your resume and cover letter. Just because you didn’t get this position doesn’t mean you’ll never work with us.

If you aren't selected for a position, we'll notify you via email or phone.

Interview Process

A recruiting specialist will reach out to schedule the Due Diligence process if it is recommended or required for the position to which you applied. This process prepares candidates for the panel interview and allows them to piece together a comprehensive picture of the job through connecting with key business partners (subordinates, peers, and leadership) that candidates would work with directly if they were to get the job they are applying for.

Preparation consists of familiarizing yourself with our core values, visiting the store (or calling Team Members) and assessing a department’s performance, strengths and opportunities. You’ll start by emailing the people given to you by your recruiter, then set up a time to meet.

This is your opportunity to chat with them; to ask them what their expectations of the role are and how they would like to see you run the department; to get panel interview preparation suggestions, insights, expectation etc.

Maximize your time spent with Team Members and key partners by developing relationships and asking pertinent questions. Remember, they are making themselves available to you in an effort to help you best prepare for your panel interview.

It depends on the role. Our advice it to apply to a position without assuming relocation is involved. We will generally ask if you’ll be relocating for that position – that’s the perfect time for you to talk about relocation assistance.

Our interview process is unique. For more information about that, visit our “Process” page.

You can also learn more about store interviews by reading this blog post.

Leave the suit and tie at home – business casual works just fine here.

The panel interview is the most unique part of our interview process. We’re a family here, and being part of that family means working well together and maintaining our culture. Conducting panel interviews is our way of making sure we’ll all fit together.

It occurs when a hiring manager has narrowed the field down to 2-4 candidates for the open position (so if you’re reading this to prepare for your panel, congrats!). Your panel will consist of 3-8 direct and indirect peers. In this group-style interview, everyone on the panel will ask questions to see how you’ll fit in the role and on the team. At the end of the panel, everyone will vote on who will join our team!

It's more than acceptable to reach out before a panel and ask what to expect, what you'll be discussing, and what concerns (if any) they might have. We want you to do well in a final round interview -- it's not our last chance to stump you. Prepare for questions that they will ask based on what the previous conversations you’ve had during due diligence.

We can give you a whole bunch:

  • In your interviews, focus on culture, teamwork and your passion for the company. Leading with that versus "Here’s what I can do!" is our ideal candidate.
  • Read everything on our site -- specifically our core values. They drive a lot of what we do around here and how we do things, so it is important to be familiar with them.
  • Be able to answer, "Why Whole Foods Market?" It's asked in every interview, and it's a big way we distinguish candidates from one another.
  • Send a brief and sincere thank you note or email after an interview detailing why you're excited, citing specifics from the call. Not only is it a kind gesture, but it shows your interest in the job.
  • Be transparent. We do our due diligence, so stretching the truth or withholding vital information will go poorly for you. If you ever have any sticking points, be upfront and we'll work through them.
  • Your panel interview will be with people you work with directly AND indirectly. Be ready to speak to how you can help further Whole Foods Market outside of your own department.
  • If you are presenting a project, please be prepared ahead of time. Have everything set up, bring a backup USB drive and practice before the presentation.
  • Research our company, research what's been happening to us lately in the news, research new initiatives or products we're introducing to the public, and research the person you are interviewing so you can connect with them. It's all available for you to find.
  • If you are interviewing on the phone or Skype, make sure you’re in a quiet spot with reliable reception or internet connection. Nothing can derail an interview more than constant background noise or apologizing for dropping in and out of the interview.

Interviews may vary depending on the position. You may go through several application steps, including but not limited to: online application; phone screening; one-on-one interviews with the hiring manager; and/or panel interviews, which consist of a group of prospective colleagues and Team Members from related areas.

For some Global Support roles, we also administer tests to assess specific skills. Taking candidates through these steps helps to ensure the selection of well-rounded Team Members who possess the right combination of talent, skills, and most importantly, ability to fit into Whole Foods Market culture.

You do not. However, you’ll be light years ahead of everyone else applying. You know exactly what we’re looking for, which gives you a leg up on the competition.

Benefits

We offer a lot of benefits, and we like to think of them as "Whole Benefits" because we take care of you in multiple ways (and we love clever wordplay). For more information, visit our Benefits page.

Our Team Members accrue paid time off (PTO) based on their position and how long they've been with us. So, the longer you stay with us, the faster you'll accumulate PTO! Additionally, since we have a diverse Team Member base, many of our salaried Team Members get “floating holidays” instead of pre-defined holidays off. This allows Team Members the flexibility to use the floating holidays according to their preferences. Candidates should speak to their recruiter or Hiring Leader regarding their individual situation.

From day one, Team Members can take part in the company’s 401(k) plan through Fidelity.

Full-time Team Members at specific job levels in global and regional roles, Store and Facility Team Leaders, and other applicable Whole Foods Market leadership job levels, are eligible to receive Amazon restricted stock unit (RSU) awards. Talk to your hiring manager or recruiter to see if the position for which you are applying is eligible.

Amazon

You'll actually be both an Amazonian and a Whole Foods Team Member! We're still Whole Foods Market, but we have the backing and support of our Amazon co-workers.

You can! We're working on building a seamless way for Amazonians to come to Whole Foods Market, and vice versa. Talk with your local HR rep to learn more.

Lots, but in a good way. We're still Whole Foods Market, and we still sell the highest quality natural and organic products to our customers around the world. But behind the scenes, we now have tremendous resources from Amazon to continue to change the grocery landscape.