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If you back up your work they will always have hours for you. At my store they schedule everybody 37.5 hrs and your welcome to help and make get your full 40. I wish they let me stay overtime..

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Yes you do have to pass a Drug Test

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It used to be that you could just walk in for them to apparently view your personality and get an on the spot interview but, I found out this method is a hit or miss because, if the interviewer is bias or just plain nasty, than you won't move on even if your qualified and have a great personality. Therefore, I recommend having them do the work and applying online through the trader Joe website or applying directly if they post job on job boards. Therefore, the store will contact your directly if interested instead of you having to chase after them since you have no idea what type of openings they currently have, but if they contact you than you can assume there are open positions to fill.

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Personally, I had negative experiences with walking in to get an interview, when I would get friendly people with on the spot interview than I would get scheduled a follow up interviews with other associates there that we're very unfriendly and pretty sexist. Therefore, I decided to follow another route to employment and applied online so they can contact me, if they want to interview me instead of me, chasing them. As a result, when I applied online, I ended up getting a confirmation email that if they are interested than you hear back in 3 weeks. In my case, I heard back in less than 2 weeks with an email that the store was interested and to call the store number to schedule interview with the store leadership. Therefore, I called the store and was able to schedule the interview early that week and they even allowed me to choose the best time, when I was available which was great for my needs since I was only free in the afternoons due to work. I'm not certain how the in person interviews go because, I heard and read that some people are interviewed with the manager right away and can get an offer that day while others go through 2 to 3 interviews and are either struck in limbo with no answer, get a rejection email, or an offer. I'm hoping that the process is faster because, in the current job market; no one has time to sit around, waiting for one employer especially when your interviewing with multiple companies; I prefer to get an offer as soon as possible to weigh my options.

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I walked into the store, ask for an application. Filled it out right there and than. I turned it in and the supervisor looked at my paper and ask if I wanted an interview for the next day. He told me I have good eye contact and was very friendly.

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The average is probably somewhere around 5 to 7. You will most definitely see some come and go. And occasionally you’ll see vets who’ve been at TJ for like 15 to 20 years. They’ve seen a lot lol

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They will not. Most likely if they feel that it would be dangerous for you the mates (managers) will assign you to work as a team with someone else or have you do more customer focused jobs like helms (walking around the store talking to customers) or demo (the sample area).

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Yes I'd prefer afternoon - not a morning person! But part time yes...

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I began working the day after I got hired.

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