MAC Cosmetics Interview Questions

Updated Mar 22, 2015
Updated Mar 22, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Makeup Artist Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

    Interview Details

    I felt like the interview process was pretty exstensive. I went through two interviews and a demo.
    The first time I met with four people, second interview was with five. Lots of questions about makeup, MAC, myself(past present & future) and current trends. Wore all black of course, my two interviews were scheduled within a week of each other, got the call back for the offer two weeks later for full time artist.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Freelance Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

    Interview Details

    Applied in person by dropping off my resume to the location's manager. Checked in once. Had the verbal interview then the practical interview two weeks later. Please show up in black with hair and makeup done and be nice to those interviewing in the group round with you.

    Interview Questions
    • Who is your favorite Makeup Artist and why?   View Answer
    • What trends in cosmetics are you seeing for the coming up season?   Answer Question
    • What are complementary colors? How well do you know the color wheel?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time where you have led a team.   Answer Question
    • Describe a time you had a disgruntled customer and how you salvaged the relationship.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at MAC Cosmetics in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    The 1st interview was a meet and greet witch lasted 5-10 minutes, and from there you will get a second interview witch is the makeup application. Where you bring a model, they switch your model, and you only get 30 minutes. And the last interview is about if u can work holidays and what not.

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    If you want to interview with this company its very simple! make sure you look the part and have a good personality. All black no exceptions. MAC is a fashion forward company so you must have some sense of fashion and what is hot right now. DO YOUR RESEARCH!! know everything there is to know about the company, if you act and dress the part the title and the pay will be given to you. look up current makeup trends and create one of those looks. DO NOT over do it and don't over do it. have just enough to impress you interviewer. BE OPEN TO FEEDBACK! if you are not open to feedback and take everything personal don't even apply for the job. hope this helps all aspiring makeup artists.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Freelance Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

    Interview Details

    I went in to buy a lipstick and asked if they were hiring. She said they are always hiring freelancers (they rarely hire new part time/full time employees, but promote from within). She asked me to come in the next day with my resume and asked a couple questions: why MAC?, why beauty the field?, what do you think everyday responsibilities would be?. She then scheduled me for a demo. After the demo, she critiqued me and scheduled my last demo/interview with another manager at a different location. Same process and I was offered the job the day of my second interview.

    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations because I liked the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

    Interview Details

    I found out about it through a job website, they were having a career event. The interview process for me is always an easy thing but preparing for it was horrible. M.A.C. really forces you to learn all of their information and know it as well as you know your name while interviewing. A lot of the details can be easily forgotten when you are getting interviewed so really make sure you know your stuff. Also they seem to enjoy men who apply and any woman that has a bubbly personality, smile be confident and sell yourself.

    Interview Questions
    • What separates you from all the other applicants, why should we hire you and not them? (group interview)   Answer Question
    No Offer
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Freelance Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at MAC Cosmetics in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I sent my resume to one of the recruiters. I was asked to come in for an interview. The interview would be combined with makeup demonstration as well.

    Interview Questions
    • Speaking to my 'model' while applying the makeup. Its easy to get caught up in applying the makeup. You have to keep speaking, as if an actual customer was in your chair. Be prepared to answer product and application related questions. The names of products, what they do, how much they cost. You are also judged on sanitation.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was asked my desired hourly rate, what location, and what schedule would suit me best.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at MAC Cosmetics in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very short, didn't really talk much or ask me questions. I came in wearing all black with my hair and makeup done. I didn't have my portfolio on me so she wouldn't continue with the interview.
    I called her back that week with my portfolio to send but she didn't return my call.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I went to several group interviews and learned a lot about the company. After meeting the counter manager several times, she gave me an interview. There was a second interview where you demonstrate how you apply product on a friend. Questions are expected - company knowledge is helpful.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager of Retail Operations Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

    Interview Details

    In person interview. Discussion of market, and readiness for the position.The process is quite lengthy a few hours was required to really go over My action plan, as well as discussed my management style.

    Interview Questions
    • Whatever you deducted as this markets biggest opportunity?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview

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