Woolworths employment questions: “Tell us a time where food was the hero of your event”

One of the most unique questions we’ve seen an employer ask, Woolworths in all applications asks potential employees to describe a time that food was the hero at an event you held or attended. In what can be described as a little left of field, this question can trip up many applicants who don’t know how to answer the question. In this guide we will help you better understand why Woolworths asks this question and you how you can provide an answer which will increase your chances of being employed by one of Australia’s largest employers.

Why does Woolworths ask “tell us a time where food was the hero of your event”?

With any employment application question, the employer is attempting to filter out the best applicants to shortlist for interview through their questions. With this specific food related question, Woolworths is finding out multiple things about applicants through this question, including:

  • what is your current relationship with food
  • Do you have a good understanding how food provides an important role in families, communities and society
  • What is your ability to deal with questions which may seem out of the ordinary or different to what you might expect

Whilst Woolworths clearly knows that food isn’t a real hero in any event, it can provide an important way for communities to connect and engage and supermarkets have a special relationship in trying to help people do this.

In your answer you will want to show a strong understand of the relationship between food and community and ideally using a scenario where food was a ‘hero’ by enhancing or providing an even better experience.

Examples Responses about food being a hero at your event

Here’s some examples ways to answer this question – remember to not copy these and instead provide your own authentic responses about food being a hero at your event as this will greatly improve the chances of you gaining an interview and potential employment.

“One time that food was a hero at an event was at our family Christmas. With all families you can have differing views, experiences and feuds but each year we’re able to come together to enjoy Christmas lunch and dinner together. In particular our fathers special lasagne he makes is always a hit which gives everyone special memories and helps us to connect with each other.

“The best example I have of food being a hero at event was my wedding. For what was months of planning, stress and dieting for my big day, I was finally able to relax over the dinner and the best part – the cake! Months without sugar, that slice of cake was the true hero of the entire day for me.”

“As a parent it can be difficult to host an event with young children as they’re difficult to control whilst doing all of the preparation. To fix this I decided to get my children to engage in preparing the food by making their own cookies for the other children coming to the party – which kept them busy for hours while I was able to get the house ready for the event. The other children loved the cookies, my children formed a better relationship with food. Those cookies were definitely the hero of the event”.

Do you have a great example of food being a hero at your event? Let us know and we’ll share it with our readers to help the answer this unique question.

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