Avon Products
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Avon Products Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 16, 2014

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Toxicologist II Interview

Toxicologist II

I applied online and interviewed at Avon Products.

Interview Details – Phone interview was typical for a large company. Onsite interview was rolling along until Lunch. Maybe I expected too much, but we went to the cafeteria, where the hiring manager had me pay for my own lunch. Based on experience from other companies, this seemed a little odd. There was a bad vibe the rest of the day/

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Sales Representative Interview

Sales Representative
Jamaica, NY

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Avon Products in December 2013.

Interview Details – Interview and hiring is easy and laid back

Interview Question – There wasn't no hard hitting questions   Answer Question

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Independent Sales Representative Interview

Independent Sales Representative
Victorville, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Avon Products.

Interview Details – There is not really an interview. You just pay a ten dollar fee to get started and fill out some paperwork.

Interview Question – None of the questions are very hard.   View Answer

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Independent Sales Representative Interview

Independent Sales Representative

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Avon Products in May 2013.

Interview Details – I never recruited anyone.

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Avon Representative Interview

Avon Representative

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Avon Products in September 2010.

Interview Details – Actually my Avon lady recruited me, I helped with her sales an decided to do it myself to make ends meet.

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Easy Interview

Executive Director, Organizational & Talent Development Interview

Executive Director, Organizational & Talent Development
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Avon Products in September 2013.

Interview Details – BAIT and SWITCH

i was contacted on LI by the TAM for the position noted above. she requested a resume and i sent one. she proposed a time for an interview.

at the beginning of the interview she mentioned that she was recruiting for several hr/od and changes roles (they are in the midset of a HUGE transformation and erp implementation) in addition to the for which she had contacted me. possibly holistic recruiting approach and all well and good. not so fast...

she asks me to walk her through my resume. it has 20 years of related but varied experience (consultant and practitioner; professional services and industry; public and private sector, firm and corp) so i tried to pinpoint her needs. she didn't really answer the question so i asked where she wanted me to start, grad school, experience 20 years ago, 10 years ago and she seemed to get irritated. hey, vague questions need clarifying lady.

this question bothers me because it is so obtuse and any smart consulting or business person will try to pinpoint the needs of the audience with pointed, specific questions. and we all know how the old "ink blot" test can screw people--the more one talks, explains, describes, the worse the interview goes. so i ask directly are you looking for job/role relevance and specific examples of work and experience (aka targeted selection or behavioral interviewing which is a better predictor of potential success) which related back to the ob or for (what i know to be the more common unstated desire) job transitions.

of course her preference was job transitions (and it irks me that people are unwilling to come out and ask for that up front) so they can play psychologist and assume your motivations for job changes, downtown, gaps etc and erroneously infer they "get it and then pass ill-advised judgement. and this is an attempt to screen people OUT, not in. i learned my lesson long ago you do want to make the answer to this request succinct, crisp, well-organized, positive, and polished, even more so than other role and responsibility related questions. so i get out my script, read it like i am talking not reciting, with confidence and ease, pause after every job to attempt to force follow up questions to get off this trail which almost never works but i still do it.

after i pass the perfunctory, isn't a derelict, has good reasons, rationale, and motivations for changes and transitions, she says, well, we like i said in the beginning, i'm looking for multiple roles and i think you are best suited for an HRBP. TOTAL bait and switch. so i proceed to inquire further, highlight my OD and change experience, leadership experience, org design experience (all documented in the JD) which she tells me was obtained in a consulting environment which is "not as good, no offense" as within industry and despite me redirecting her to my resume, and pointing out my industry employer experiences at the biggest HRO employer in the country, tells me my experience is "too low level" for what she needs, despite all my experience partnering, advising, and executing with C and E level leadership. then says, well, you've jumped around a lot, according to whom exactly, which is actually not true accordinly to industry research and averages about employment duration not to mention that each of the roles i accepted were part of a strategic plan to not pigeon hole me experience like trainers and generalists do.

so when i asked if she had any plans to consider me for which she initially contacted me, she asked why, and i stated that despite having a rich varied experience in different hr/talent mgt functional areas in different role capacities, that given i was an hrbp for several years 6 years ago, i was no longer at that level, not interested, and thus not looking for hrbp jobs.

i thanked for contacting me, apologized for wasting "her" time, and said i needed to prep for a call coming up in 15 minutes because i knew i would never want to deal with her again from a TA/recruiting standpoint. noting that i had spoken with her before many months ago for a cm position she had reached out to me for where she got stuck on my unwillingness to give a last salary detail of more than low 6 figures which can mean nothing more than a 20 MAYBE 30k variance 100-120 MAYBE 125-130 which we all know starts touching mid 100s.

way too many people in TA have terrible non best practices skill sets. and its worse when they're dealing with someone in that field. SHAMEFUL. (by the way, i looked at her LI profile, she changes/ed jobs on average, every 1-2 years and had the nerve to comment on places of employment 4, 6 and 4 years respectively not counting 1 project finite contract job.

Interview Question – walk me through your resume
are you interested in an hrbp position?
literally this was it because i pre-empted the call.
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Manufacturing Intern Interview

Manufacturing Intern
Morton Grove, IL

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Avon Products in June 2013.

Interview Details – Applied through LinkedIn and got contacted for an "internship event"/ interview the next day. The interview was one month away at the time. Drove to the manufacturing plant and was given a plant tour by the HR along with 3-4 other candidates. Met 3 other engineering managers that were gonna be the ones interviewing us. Was interviewed by 2 engineering managers, asked lots of behavioral questions and some case studies.

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Analytical Chemist Interview

Analytical Chemist

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Avon Products in May 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online, was contacted about 2 weeks later by human resources department to schedule phone interview with someone else. Phone interview was scheduled at 4PM, wasn't contacted until 4:30, so by the time they contacted me I was pretty anxious. Asked the typical interview questions, went over resume, asked me what my most difficult experience at work, wasn't expecting to answer questions like what are polymers etc.

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Research Scientist - Manager Interview

Research Scientist - Manager

Interviewed at Avon Products

Interview Details – Got a call via recruiter and was asked general questions. about a week later, phone interview with hiring manager. He asked some questions about my research interests, industrial experiences and my dissertations and its applications in personal care industry.

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Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Independent Sales Consultant Interview

Independent Sales Consultant
Missoula, MT

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Avon Products in April 2009.

Interview Details – Give them $10 and you get a Start Up packet

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