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Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at L'Oréal USA (North Little Rock, AR).
You meet with several management types who ask lots of generic questions. Then you get put in a group of all those who apply and ry to solve different problems. Mostly seeing how you handle teamwork situations.
- Nothing really hard. These guys and gals werent brain surgeons. 1 Answer
Helpful (3)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at L'Oréal USA.
I was contacted by HR shortly after submitting an online application. This call included a personality interview (typical interview questions like "what is your greatest weakness, describe a particularly challenging experience at work", etc.) and they gave me an overview of the job description, which sounded like a really great opportunity. I had checked in on my status by sending emails and calling this HR person, but I did not receive a response until 2 weeks later. It was good news, that I was to have a phone interview with the scientist I would be reporting under. That went really well, and I was asked to come out for a final in-person interview. L'Oreal made the travel arrangements. The in-person interviews with the team I'd be working with went well. They were all very nice, informative, and seemed interested in me as a candidate. However, I had expressed to the HR person that I was concerned I might be overqualified for the position, and I was also concerned about a lack of career development in the position. What the team told me was different from what the HR person told me in the initial phone screen. I thought this might have ruined my chances, but I wasn't sure that the job was a good fit for what I wanted in my next career step anyway. After weeks of them checking in and telling me that I was being strongly considered, I finally received a rejection email--5 WEEKS after my final interview. I thought that was a long time to be waiting only to not receive an offer. Also, the rejection email was for a job title I did not apply/interview for! It was for a more senior position that I would definitely have been interested in, given my strong interest in gaining more of a supervisory position. Overall, the whole interview process was unorganized, and there were obvious communication issues between HR and the leadership/scientific staff according to the feedback I received.
Helpful (7)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at L'Oréal USA in March 2015.
I applied for the position and was contacted by email the same day to schedule a phone interview. I confirmed the time however they never called me. Very unprofessional. Received no response back as to why I was never contacted.
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at L'Oréal USA (Clark, NJ) in March 2015.
Overall a mixed feeling about this company Multiple rounds of interview, 2 telephonic and 1 onsite with 4 folks. The talent acquisition director was the best in terms of communication and update and the only reason I kept going for 3 months. I felt that the other folks (HR, VP) were unempathetic. Did not even bother to ask for lunch despite interview shifted to the lunch time, No reimbursement, No response to thank you notes. Please remember that you are trying to hire a person who is genuinely interested in your company and a small gesture goes a long way. I wonder if Loreal's bussiness is based on customers perception, how come they put unempathetic people on the front line?
- Most of the questions were non-technical in nature. Tell me about yourself? Why Loreal? How is your scientific background a good fit for this position? Salary requirement? Long term career plans (where do you see yourself in 5 years) Overall there were at least 30 different types of questions. Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at L'Oréal USA.
By far the worst interview I've had in my career. The recruiter who contacted me was extremely unprofessional. She had me on the speakerphone, shoveling through papers the whole time. She couldn't even remember the questions to ask me and was mumbling through the whole interview. She sounded so uninterested (from the very start) I couldn't help but wonder why was she wasting my time. If she is a representative of L'Oréal, I wish no part of it ...
- The basic behavior questions. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at L'Oréal USA (New York, NY).
I was asked to come in with about a week's notice, and was very excited to be meeting with 4 of the senior brand people (VP, SVP, etc.). The interviews were very long--I spent a total of about 5 hours in the office that day--and I was grilled about my marketing experiences, ability to work independently, my skills, etc. Some of the people I met with told me that L'Oreal tends to be very unorganized and that I need to be able to work autonomously and be able to shift gears at any given moment because of this lack of organization. One interviewer also pointed out that L'Oreal was great from the outside looking in, but was a "big monster" once you got in the doors.
- I was asked about my experiences in marketing, social media, product development, and familiarity with the skincare industry (It was for a brand in ACD). I was asked to give examples of how I worked autonomously, an example of a challenge I've faced in my current position that I was able to overcome, and examples of social media campaigns I'd run. One interviewer grilled me about how my education in Psychology was relevant to marketing (personally, I think there's a huge crossover in psychology and marketing), asked if I've worked with legal teams (L'Oreal has a very extensive legal department) and how much I've been involved in product development and clinical claims development, as well as how much experience I had working with retail. They were standard interview questions, but the atmosphere was very tense. 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at L'Oréal USA (Columbia, MO) in February 2015.
My sister has a friend at the company and introduced us. I then contacted her and we had a nice email conversation and she passed on my information to someone who was better suited to talk to me about opportunities. Then a 30 minute phone interview was conducted and it was awesome, fun, and really exciting.
- What exactly do you do in school and what does your major consist of? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at L'Oréal USA (New York, NY) in February 2015.
Phone screen with HR, in-person with HR, in-person with my manager. I applied online in early December, and lost hope when I hadn't heard back by the end of January. Got a call from HR in February and started the interview process then. Ended up accepting and starting my internship in March
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Why does L'Oreal interest you? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
Started with an online application followed by a phone interview - know WHY LOreal and why you applied to the department that you chose. Be able to talk about situation-oriented questions.. ex) Describe a time when you handled a conflict with a co-worker. From there I was invited to attend the Taste of L'Oreal weekend in NYC - AMAZING experience. Really gives you a feel for the company and the beauty industry. The first day started with a networking event (bring business cards) followed by a day of case studies the next day. This is the most important day. You are evaluated throughout the entire process and must be willing to work well in a team setting. The final interview day is more honest conversation about yourself and your experience in the case study. You also need to market a product to the interviewers.
- How does L'Oreal inspire an aesthetic sense/feeling within X product. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at L'Oréal USA.
After applying online, I was contacted abs had a 30 minute screening with one of their HR recruiters. After about a week I was notified that they wanted to bring me onsite for an interview; this interview consisted of a presentation (about yourself/a successful project), followed by Q&A, and finally a case study. All in all it took about 2 hours. After a bit of back and forth, I was then contacted by a different director for a brief phone interview. About a month later, I received the offer.
Attempted to negotiate, was told the offer had already been adjusted and was the best case for this specific role.
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