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Updated Jan 20, 2015
Updated Jan 20, 2015
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    Beauty Advisor Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Sephora.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and I got a call like probably like a month I guess it was because I applied during the holidays. Well when they called me I was ask about my availability and why I wanted to work for Sephora, the guy that called me told me they would call me back in a week and if they didn't call me I could call back. So after a week I called back and asked what was the status of my application and they asked me to come in for an interview. Initially was a group interview but I was not available for that day and they gave me another day and it ended up being a one and one interview ( good becuase I personally don't like interviews, and specially group interviews, I always get super nervous). The day of the interview I got there 10 mins early. They took me to the back (office) and the interview started. It was the coordinator and an advisor. They asked the basic questions like past experience with customer service, how was my last job, what would my last manager say about me, why I wanted to for for Sephora and not other company, most of the questions were about customer service I wish I could remember so It could be helpful to anyone else. I didn't get any offer at the point they said they would give me a call before the week ends, so I'm crossing my fingers I get a call back.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work for sephora?
      What would I do if I see an employee stealing some thing from the store ?
      My customer service experienced
      What was my other job like?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Sephora in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter on Linkedin. The recruiter seemed to be inexperienced and immature. She scheduled time with me 3 times and never called. when finally she called there was no apology. I had to remind the recruiter that apology was good.

    The recruiter had not done any homework, no preparation. After a long trail of emails and scheduling, she said that I am "University Recruiter". And they are looking for technical recruiter. My resume no where said that I am a University Recruiter.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Beauty Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norfolk, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norfolk, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Sephora in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied online then was called for in person interview. Interview went great hoping to hear back this week. The interviewer realized we had crossed paths at my previous job and it was like a conversation with a friend.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Seasonal Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Sephora.

    Interview Details

    I got called for an interview the day after I applied. I get there 15 minutes before my interview time. Dressed in all black, makeup done (10k notes on tumblr so I was looking good lol jk). I tell the first girl I see that I'm here for an interview. She uses her headset and lets who ever it is know I'm here. I hang out for a while and after 30 minutes I'm like oh maybe the interviewer is running late. After an hour I ask the same girl again what's going on. She asks around and tells me to stand by the register. Two people come to me and ask if I'm here for an interview. I say yes. They half heartedly apologize. One of them says that she thinks they didn't know they even had an interview scheduled today. I get an email saying thank you for coming in but we're going to go with someone else more qualified. I was so confused since I haven't even been interviewed. Ten minutes later a woman comes out and asks me if I've been here the whole time. I said yes. She said she sent me that email since she thought I never showed up. She apologized. They had already done the group interview. We go outside the store and she interviews me for 5 minutes. Basic interview questions. Why do I want to work there, the perfume situation, my favorite and worst manager and why. She tells me to take out of my mind that I will be doing makeup. She says it in a rude way. I don't know if she meant it to come out like that. But that's how I took it. She asked me if I needed any time off to tell her now (seasonal position) I say no. She says she's going to put me back in the system and to ignore the email she sent me. And that's it. Like two weeks later (yesterday) I was at work. I'm a cashier. I recognize a woman that I always see at sephora. I say hey don't you work at sephora? She says yes then I ask her what she does. She is the manager there. I explain to her what happened. She was shocked. It turns out she was the one that called me for my interview. She asked me for my name and said she was going to give me a call tomorrow. She never did. I know she was busy and I'm not her #1 priority but why would she say that and not do it? I honestly didn't think this would happen. I've been trying to work there for almost 2 years. I was so sure I was going to get the job. I turned down an amazing opportunity because I knew there was a possibility I could work there. Now I'm too embarrassed to even show my face in there. Looks like I'm going to be going to sephora jcp from now on. I like to think its a sign that I should be somewhere better. I don't mean to make sephora look bad or the people there look bad but I didn't expect this to happen to me. I'll be giving mac a shot. Wish me luck and I hope your sephora experience is better than mine. If I end up getting called back, I will be saying thanks but no thanks.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Seasonal Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Sephora in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Got called in to do the first interview witch is a group interview. It was about 5 girls including myself. The managers seemed pretty nice. The questions were general questions they ask you on any other job. They gave everyone a chance to speak so it wasn't any jumping to answer first.

    Interview Questions
    • If you own a store and someone buys a perfume and they drop it and it shatters. What would you do ?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Seasonal Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Sephora in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied on a Friday night then I got a call on Monday, so pretty fast. My interview was on Wednesday, so 2 days later. I got to sephora pretty early. I was the first one there. So at exactly 2, the store specialist took me and another down to the resting area in the mall to interview us; one girl came late. The store specialist was cool and so was the store director. Then they started to interview us. I was kind of nervous but it was that bad since it was a group. Sometimes i went first because no one knew who should go first so we took turns. The interview was pretty quick only like 30 minutes. So at the end they told us that they will be calling our references & we will meet the following wednesday I believe for a more in depth one-on-one & most like training because Black Friday is 2 days away.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cosmetic Sales Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Natick, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Natick, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Sephora.

    Interview Details

    I applied online via website; was called by two different locations for interviews; told to call the store which was farther away to disqualify me, in order to be considered at the closer location. I called the "manager" back ASap & was given a next-day in person, at store interview. Interview lasted 30 min or so. Seemed to go very well; I used all interview skills I've learned in how to obtain (almost) any job. I was told I'd get a call "No later than Monday, four days later, to "follow up". Was not given any call. It wasn't until I checked my email, that I was told "We hired someone that better met job requirements" (Then why was I scheduled an interview 1 day after contacting them back)? Very rude company. I'd stay away from this elitist philosophy. Unless you're into selling "black magic" eyeliner & "book of shadows" eye shadow palettes. (It's true, see official website). They seem to have a specific criteria for employees, which has nothing to do with work ethic, experience, & ALL to do with the exterior. I'm done wasting my money on their "cake up". I'm a very outgoing, "naturally beautiful" YOUNG woman (25) with retail AND cosmetic certification!! I'm complimented daily for my wide, doll eyes, high cheekbones, long heathy brown hair, slim 5'9, 120 lb toned figure & 34D (silicone augmentation), long legs & torso, & very arched neat brows. So, anyone looking to work there, I wouldn't waste even the time to fill out app!!

    Interview Questions
    • "What do you feel separates sephora from its "competitors"?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seasonal Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Sephora.

    Interview Details

    The group interview and only question for everyone to talk about what you can bring to sephora. I will say people here have much more makeup experience as expected. So, please exaggerate your experience related to this area and it will help you more.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Seasonal Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Sephora.

    Interview Details

    I read reviews here and talked with my friends who are employees, so I felt confident about my chances. The group interview lasted about an hour, and there were four candidates to two hiring personnel. The questions were standard interview fare: what about your last job, the perfume bottle question, how would you handle someone asking you to be dishonest on the job, who was your favorite/least favorite employer and why. We were in the employee locker room on stools around a high table. It was awkward, and the interviewers did not make follow up replies or ask questions to help develop our answers. It was agonizingly awkward. Luckily I got my rejection email just a few minutes after I left.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Seasonal Cashier Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Anaheim, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Anaheim, CA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I walked into the sephora at Downtown Disney and asked to speak to the hiring manager. I asked if she was hiring for the holidays and she told me yes. I gave her my resume and told her I already completed an online application. She told me she would call me.
    The same evening she called me and invited me to a group interview the next day at 6pm.
    At the interview there were 5 other girls. I mingled a little before the interview started to take the edge off.
    The interview went well, the staff was friendly and I felt their energy! They made me even more excited to join their team just so I could have some of that energy! They seemed happy and to really like their job.

    The interviewers asked questions and went around the table for everyone to answer. At times she asked who wanted to go first, volunteer to go first.

    There was also a roll play. Just a basic cash rap scenerio. Try not to choke. It's very casual. That's why mingling helps if you can. That way you aren't so nervous or shy when your on the spot. Have fun with it! After all, it's SEPHORA!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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