Avon Products Interview Questions & Reviews in New York City, NY
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Associate Brand Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Avon Products in April 2014.
Interview Details – Interview process seems to be ongoing...
Applied online (March 2014) and get called for phone interview ~3 weeks later (April 2014)
Had an initial phone interview with HR followed by a phone interview with an Executive Director. I got invited to come in for an onsite interview 2 weeks later. I met with 2 Brand Managers, a Global Director, and the HR Manager.
I did not receive any feedback so I reached out (end of April) and was told the position just went on hold but I am still under consideration and I should check back in a month. So I followed up (end of May 2014) and got a response within 5 minutes that the position is still on hold and movement is expected in July and that I should follow up again.
So I followed up end of June and never got a response...no phone call/no email reply/no update to my status online...
Interview Question – We flipped through a fashion magazine and I had to pick an ad and explain what I liked about it and what I did not like and why. View Answer
Change Management Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Avon Products in June 2013.
Interview Details – I was first contacted by Avon's recruiter for a phone screen.
Two round interview process. The first round was a group interview and the second round was with one of the hiring managers.
Interview Question – What would you do with a million dollars? Answer Question
Assistant Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Avon Products in October 2010.
Interview Details – It was a great hiring and interview experience. I started off as a temp (1 month) but they saw potential in me plus I really wanted a full time job so they interviewed me.
Interview Question – Why do you think you're fit for this position? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No room for negotation since I didn't have much experience in this specific role/area
Business Process Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Avon Products in January 2012.
Interview Details – Applied online, HR phone screening, hiring manager phone interview, 1:1 interviews on site with 3 different managers (half day session). Overall process took about 2 months
Interview Question – What do you think is the most challenging aspect of the direct selling industry? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate, however had to play the game to get what I wanted
Very Easy Interview
Sales Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
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
Marketing Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Avon Products in October 2009.
Interview Details – I initially found out about the program from a contact within the company. After she passed my resume along I was asked to come in for an interview. After the interview the HR representative asked me to formally apply on the Avon Career website. About 3 months later I received a phone call/ interview from my potential internship boss. A week after that call i received the formal Internship offer.
Interview Question – I don't think questions were hard. The hard part was thinking of questions to ask them. Answer Question
Global Finance Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Avon Products in October 2009.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter via Monster.com. I went through one screening call before being called in to interview with 4 Senior Manager's and the hiring manager. These were supposed to be one-on-ones but instead we all went to lunch together and had a conversation. I had only met the hiring manager one on one. About two weeks later I was given an offer that I negotiated slightly.
Interview Question – Not structured. I was in a group setting at lunch. I was asked about what I knew about Avon and spoke of my experience of what I could bring to the position. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Not very flexible. Avon is in tough financial shape but they make a decent offer if you are a few years out of school.
Executive Director, Organizational & Talent Development Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
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. View Answer
Analytical Chemist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Avon Products in February 2013.
Interview Details – Applied Online. Two weeks later contacted by a recruiter at the Suffern, NY location. Scheduled a phone interview that day. Six days later went in for the first round interview. Talked to HR, hiring manager, Executive Director and a manager from another department. Called in for a second round interview for the following week. Talked to a VP, hiring manager and executive director again. Got an offer 4 days later.
Interview Question – They had me draw some organic structures. Not difficult but unexpected. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation necessary. Very competitive offer.
Purchasing Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Avon Products in June 2008.
Interview Details – Was given a brief telephone interview and was then called in to the recruiters office for a 1:1 follow up. Was then scheduled to go in to meet with Purchasing managers. they decided that I was a great fit and was asked to do drug test. Fairly easy process. Managers while clear on their expectations were easy to talk to.
Interview Question – What are you short term career goals? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The recruiter I believe negotiated well on my behalf.