Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Avon Products
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- Senior Manager (2)
- Brand Marketing Manager (2)
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- Franchise Dealer (2)
- Executive Assistant (2)
- Division Manager (2)
- Research and Development (1)
- Commodity Manager (1)
- Development Chemist (1)
- Purchasing (1)
- Purchasing Assistant (1)
- Manufacturing Intern (1)
- Marketing Analyst (1)
- Marketing Director (1)
- Brand Manager (1)
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Avon Products (New York, NY).
The process takes 3-5 months, you fly all over the country answering the same questions with different levels of management. There are several tests before the phone interviews with HR begin. You must be prepared to leave town on a moments notice to fly out for an interview.
- How would you change a struggling sales economy. Answer Question
They were not open to any negotiation but the offer was good.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Avon Products (New York, NY) in February 2015.
detailed and rigorous, but very engaging and friendly. Careful attention to seeking examples and specifics. Didn't give much feedback on how answers were received. Interviewer was quite attentive and professional. Interviewer was very responsive to my questions about the role and the company.
- Describe a creative idea that you had to sell. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days – interviewed at Avon Products (New York, NY) in December 2014.
It was pretty easy, simply submitted my resume through my college and was called in for an interview a few days later. Didn't really have to deal with the company at all until the interview. They work very quickly and have great communication.
- The questions were all personality related. What are your strengths? How well do you resolve conflicts? Do you work well in a team? things like that Answer Question
Helpful (3)Declined OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Avon Products (New York, NY) in September 2014.
Applied online via Linkedin and received a response within the next few days. HR Talent Acquisition Manager and Coordinator were extremely professional and friendly throughout the process. Entire cycle entailed a 30 min phone interview with the hiring manager, 30 minute phone interview with another Manager in the group, and two onsite interviews each about 1 hour in length. Interview questions were not too difficult and mainly involved my career interests and discussion about the role (as to be expected). Overall a very positive experience.
- What sort of process/change management projects have you worked on? Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Had a special circumstance where I was offered a higher position at my present company, but would have taken it if not for this situation
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Avon Products (New York, NY) in August 2014.
The interview process was fairly simple. I had a quick phone interview then came in to meet with two people on the team. I was asked about my experience in the field and how I would move Avon to the next level. The hiring manager was very nice. I felt the interview went well.
- Tell me about yourself. I haven't seen your resume. Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Avon Products (New York, NY) in April 2014.
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...
- 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. 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
interviewed at Avon Products (New York, NY) in January 2014.
multiple interviews including a phone interview, a video interview, an onsite interview and a HR interview.They basically try to understand the kind of person you are and if you are a good fit for the firm or not.
- What's does your team think about you Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Avon Products (Jamaica, NY) in December 2013.
Interview and hiring is easy and laid back
- There wasn't no hard hitting questions Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days – interviewed at Avon Products (New York, NY) in September 2013.
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.
- walk me through your resume
are you interested in an hrbp position?
literally this was it because i pre-empted the call. 1 Answer
- walk me through your resume
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Avon Products (White Plains, NY) in June 2013.
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.
- What would you do with a million dollars? Answer Question
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