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Hot Topic Sales Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2014
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I applied in-person and 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 Question – 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

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Sales Associate
Montgomery, AL

I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Hot Topic in March 2014.

Interview Details – The interview was very simple and nice. I was asked my favorite bands, how I work with other people, and if I'm ok with dealing with not so wonderful people.

Interview Question – What people would describe me as.   View Answers (2)

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Sales Associate
Florence, SC

I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Hot Topic in January 2010.

Interview Details – The manager scheduled an interview with me soon after I put in an application. I showed up and we just found an empty bench in the mall and talked. She asked a few questions about my favorite movies and bands (to make sure I'd namedrop things they sell in the store). She didn't ask much about my previous retail experience or long-term plans or anything. It was mostly about my knowledge of popular media and my ability to push the product.

Interview Question – Many questions were designed to test my knowledge of current mainstream trends.   View Answer

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Sales Associate
Minneapolis, MN

Interviewed at Hot Topic

Interview Details – it was really easy, just asked what music i listen to

Interview Question – how would you sell denim   Answer Question

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Sales Associate
Las Vegas, NV

I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Hot Topic in February 2014.

Interview Details – I always wanted to work there. Finally got an interview only to learn that I can only get about 10 hours a week due to the low payroll they use.

Interview Question – How do you manage under stress? And how do you rank yourself in selling?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Old navy offered me a lot more pay and more hours.

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Sales Associate
Terre Haute, IN

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hot Topic in August 2013.

Interview Details – The interview was fun as hell! We had so much fun talking, we talked for almost 2 hours! I got interviewed by the District Manager & the Assistant Store Manager. They asked really fun questions, such as, "What are your favorite t.v. shows?", "What were the last 5 songs you downloaded?" and "What's your favorite fashion accessory?" I had so much fun just answering the questions!

Interview Question – What's an open-ended question? Seriously. I know. I took about 5 minutes over-analyzing what they meant. I'm a big over-thinker, however.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. I was down to clown.

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Sales Associate
Tyler, TX

I applied in-person and 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 Question – Why should we hire you? / What will you bring to our team?   View Answer

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Sales Associate
Honolulu, HI

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Hot Topic in November 2012.

Interview Details – I printed my application online. When I came in to turn it in to a manager, who asked me a couple of questions about my interests in music, TV, and with "I think is in in pop culture right now." This is the initial interview. If you give bad answers they will just toss your application into a big folder. If you pass the manager schedules you second interview. When I went to that the main Branch Manager was on vacation so I interviewed with a different manager. As soon as we finished the interview, I was told I got the job and to expect a call the next day to be put on the schedule.

Interview Question – How do you discover new music?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None, minimum wage.

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Sales Associate
Saratoga Springs, NY

I applied through other source and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Hot Topic in August 2009.

Interview Details – By the book interview with two managers. They were very nice and easy to talk to. Very interested in my choice of clothes, hair style. Checked all my references before the interview. If you have in interview right before back to school season or Christmas you will definitely get the job. No drug test.

Interview Question – Same old why do you want to work here question you always get.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation you either take the min. wage or you don't.

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Sales Associate

I applied in-person and interviewed at Hot Topic.

Interview Details – I had a group interview. It was just me and one other person. The assistant manager took us out on a bench in the mall and asked us questions. It was very laid back.

Interview Question – No difficult questions. Just the typical retail questions you always get.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation because I didn't have much experience.

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