Hot Topic Interview Questions

Updated Mar 25, 2015
Updated Mar 25, 2015
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Hot Topic in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    It was pretty easy, the whole process from interview to start date was about two weeks. Just go in confident and friendly and it's easy. The interviewer was really great and walking up to her I basically acted as if we had been friends for a while and we hit it off nicely.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    The process took about two weeks and i applied in.store and asked to speak to the hiring manager and got called back for an interview a week later and back for another interview it was a pretty easy interview they just want to know how familiar you are with their merchandise

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Seasonal Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    This was a few years ago (before I advanced in the company), but my best friend who worked at HT recommended me to her store manager. He called me and set up an interview. First time meeting. We sat on a mall bench and he asked me some standard questions, it really only lasted for about 20 or so minutes. He offered me a job on the spot and that led to 5 awesome years at the coolest store in the mall.

    Interview Questions
    • "What were you listening to in the car on the way here?"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Offered minimum wage, as expected. Not much negotiation, but I did receive raises later on as I advanced in the company.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Seasonal Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    After visiting the store the manager contacted me 2 days later for an interview. The interview begins with questions about what are your favorite bands, movies, tv shows, and if you have any knowledge of anime. The rest are standard interview questions such as if you have previous work experience and how flexible you are with your schedule. 2 days after the interview I was offered a position and I accepted.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Seasonal Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Hot Topic in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I filled out and handed in an application in the store, then got a call the next day to come in for an interview the day after. I was asked about the reasons I applied at Hot Topic, did I have any knowledge of anime, have you ever caught someone stealing, etc. The interviewer was personable and we chatted for a bit in between questions. She asked about any prior experience in retail and liked that I had worked in stock. I got a call later informing me I had been hired and went in for training the next day.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hot Topic Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Grapevine, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Grapevine, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    I was asked a few basic questions about my customer service experience, scenarios about someone stealing, the type of music I listened too (make sure you mention bands they sell in the store) and tell them you follow the 'Hot Topic' of popularity.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was not able to negotiate anything
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hot Topic Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Cruces, NM
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Cruces, NM
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    Simple one on one interview in food court. Manager was very personable and he liked that I had a lot of customer service background. Even though I had no previous retail experience.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Seasonal Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Hot Topic in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I printed out an application and handed it in in-store. I got called to come in for a group interview with two other candidates. I made sure to be the first one to speak up and to seem energetic. I was told that I did well, but that I could have talked even more than I already did.

    I got called back for a second interview with just the manager that wasn't much of an interview. She mostly just asked my availability and said she'd look it over. A couple days later I was called and offered the position and I accepted.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Hot Topic in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Easy process, manager asks you basic questions like is this your first job even though they have your resume right in their hands. What type of music do you like,

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Seasonal Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Hot Topic.

    Interview Details

    Applied in person, was called in for an interview. Interviewer was very chill and friendly, asked about a previous work experience, what I want to do in school, and asked what customer service meant to me (which is also asked on the application). I was hired on the spot, and was told i'd be notified when to come in for training, which was only a few days later. In total the interview lasted no more than 5 minutes, and was up in the front of the store near some racks. Very unprofessional to me, but I've noticed they do that for everyone, as well at other locations.

    Interview Questions
    • When she asked me about previous work, she asked me to try to compare how my previous job with the position she's offering, such as roles and responsibilities.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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