Hot Topic Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Hot Topic in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview was extremely informal and was really a test of if you are hip and know pop culture. The first interview is a group interview, so be prepared. They most certainly are looking for teenagers and young adults to fill their positions. I'm in my twenties and lost out to a bunch of high school kids that looked very new to the interview process. Wear the product, know the product, and act young and hip and you should be fine.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Assistant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    Wasn't like any interview I've ever been in. Very rushed and felt like the interview didn't really matter. Like they already had who the wanted and nothing I said made a difference.

    Interview Questions
    • There was really no questions. Just asked why I wanted the job.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  City of Industry, CA
    Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Hot Topic in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. HR emailed me two weeks later with a very casual and friendly request to discuss my candidacy. Very upbeat and "cool" but professional conversation lasted around 45 min. I was told all about the company culture, the manager's personality and background, the reason the position was open, and a long list of employee perks. Next phone interview with hiring decision maker was arranged for first thing the next morning. That conversation lasted an hour. Directly following that, extensive arrangements were made to meet me in person (from out of town) for the following week. At the HQ, I met HR, managers, directors, and other team members for an in-depth 6 hour marathon day including one-on-one interviews, a tour of the office, in depth explanation of company culture, individual team member working styles, department projects, challenges, short and long term goals. After six hours, the interviews ended when the office began to close for the day. I was told at that time that they were still scheduling other candidates. I was given a 2-week anticipatory decision date. Three weeks after my meetings I was emailed a short note simply indicating they went with another candidate. No detail as to how my candidacy compared, or acknowledging the length and extent they had gone to get to know me.

    Interview Questions
    • Although no one question stands out as difficult or unexpected, the marathon length of the interview was unprecedented.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hot Topic in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Printed the application online and filled out as much as possible and took it in store. Wasn't expecting to immediately get an interview, but I was asked a few general questions and then told I had an interview in a week! Both took place in store. The first interview I was asked some pretty vague questions and that's what made them hard to answer, but the more personal questions were the easiest. They basically want to make sure you will know what to do if someone is stealing and that you have selling skills to sell as much merchandise as possible. After about twenty minutes of questions I was asked to pick out an outfit for a customer without knowing anything about them in less than 4 minutes, then give an explanation for the clothes I picked. After that I was told my 2nd interview was in another week. It wasn't very difficult, I was just nervous and they were really busy so you've got to stay focused. The 2nd one was even more pleasant, I was asked more personal questions to get to know me, and asked generally "why should we pick you" questions. I really like the team and it was a fun and positive experience. The bad news is that if I am lucky enough to be one of the people they choose, they won't be hiring for at least a month and it will be seasonal. Still, I'm excitedly waiting to hear back with fingers crossed that I'll get the job!

    Interview Questions
    • An unexpected question was "What inspires your personal fashion?" and the hardest was "What merchandise will be the most difficult for you to sell?"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Industry, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Industry, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    Schedule interview, but didn't call, I call back several times to HR finally reschedule another interview.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Applied online, then came into the store. The manager interviewed me on the spot. Needless to say, I was flustered.

    Interview Questions
    • What is a difficult situation that you got your way out of?   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Retail Store Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Hamburg, NY
    Anonymous Employee in Hamburg, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Hot Topic in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    I put a job application in and they said they would contact me but never did

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Tyler, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Tyler, TX
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hot Topic in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    I walked into the store and asked if they ever have positions available. The store manager said yes and handed me an application. I filled it out right away and handed it back to her. I get a call about a week later asking if I could come in for an interview. At the interview I was asked what music I listened to, what bands I like, if I kept up with band news, and I knew off the top of my head what they sold at HT. I was really behind, but I told her I can pick up on it quick. I was myself and we actually talked about music for a good part of the interview. It almost didn't even feel like an interview!

    Interview Questions
    • Why should we hire you? / What will you bring to our team?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Hot Topic Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person - interviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    I was really persistant to work here at the age of 15 and one summer, I finally got the call to come in for an interview. I came in casually dressed in jeans and graphic t-shirt. The manager took me out near the food court and began asking me questions. The interview took about 30 minutes to complete.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if a customer asks for merchandise we don't carry?   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Hot Topic Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    Got called for an interview a couple months after applying. Set up two interviews, both of which were very relaxed. Second one involved picking out an outfit for the manager.

    Interview Questions
    • Most are simple questions about your favorite music and how you keep up with pop culture. Nothing too hard.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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