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Updated Apr 13, 2014
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Anonymous Employee
Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 days - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in January 2010.

Interview Details – Typical makeup questions, 4 interviews, why do you want to work at MAC

Negotiation Details – None negotiable

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Anonymous Employee
Orlando, FL

I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in June 2013.

Interview Details – The hiring & interview process took about a month. I had 3 interviews & the final one resulted in a later call with a job offer. The best advice I could give would be to avoid nerves & let your true personality show.

Interview Question – There was nothing specifically abnormal or difficult.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Just entering the company I didn't negotiate too much. I made an offer that they countered, with a slightly higher offer in pay.

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Anonymous Employee
West Portland, OR

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in June 2013.

Interview Details – My interview was super easy, I was already a well known customer so I kind of had a foot in. I feel like it's a lot about who you know. MAC likes to promote from within so they will be more likely to hire someone they are seeing on a regular basis. I had a interview with my counter manager and department manager, and I had an interview with the account executive for MAC, and then one more interview. It took about two weeks and I got an offer!

Interview Question – They just want to know what you know about their brand, nothing too difficult. I think the hardest part might be the makeup interview. They throw you a random scenario and you have a time limit to do the makeup accordingly. My region is very real, none of that superficial MAC stereotype. I made sure I made a mistake on purpose and then showed my customer (model) how to correct the mistake at home without ruining the rest of the makeup, because mistakes happen!   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was so excited, was my dream job so I didn't do any negotiating and took the offer as it was.

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Makeup Artist Interview

Makeup Artist

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Interview Details – Fully made up in all black jewelry at a minimum ... I hope I can go very far with this company ! Working fashion week and working with is a dream of mine! No formal training besides self teaching and speaking with other make up artists, and having my make up done at MAC

Interview Question – making sure my make up was flawless   Answer Question

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Freelance Makeup Artist Interview

Freelance Makeup Artist

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in September 2013.

Interview Details – One group interview. Met with several managers at once. I was interviewed by a manager that was particularly interested in having me work at her specific location. Interview lasted about 5-10 minutes. We were asked to wait outside as they evaluated us and decided whether we'd move on to the next round, which consisted of makeup application. I moved on to the next round and was asked to do a winged eye and perfect red lip on a model (we were asked to bring our own. I didn't have anyone so I borrowed someone else's model). Overall the interview process was very positive! Everyone was pretty friendly and encouraging. I felt welcomed. It took about a week or a little longer for me to get a call back offering me a freelancer position, which I accepted. It then took about 4-7 weeks to receive my employee number and start working.

Interview Question – Can you sell this MAC product to me right now?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.

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Freelance Makeup Artist Interview

Freelance Makeup Artist

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in November 2013.

Interview Details – First interview was held at a job fair and was a 1:1 meeting with a Recruiter Second interview was scheduled a week later and consisted of two segments: group interview and makeup demo.

Interview Question – How would you sell red lipstick to a customer who came to purchase a different item?   View Answer

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Retail Makeup Artist Interview

Retail Makeup Artist

I applied in-person and interviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

Interview Details – If you are hired within a department store, there is usually an interview with the MAC counter manager, the cosmetic department manager and sometimes the MAC counter manager's manager. That is a total of 2-3 interviews followed by a makeup demonstration. If you hired within a MAC store it is usually an interview with the store manager and assistant store manager followed by a makeup demonstration. During the makeup demo, you are asked to bring in a model and do a basic makeup application and then turn it into a night look.

Interview Question – Booking events: You have one day to book a number of events, how will you do it?   Answer Question

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Freelance Makeup Artitst Interview

Freelance Makeup Artitst

I applied in-person - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in November 2010.

Interview Details – Wear black to your interview. know the history of MAC. Be prepared to randomly Select people to do their make-up.

Interview Question – add three more products to the customers face   View Answer

Negotiation Details – None I was paid 13.00 per hour

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Cosmetic Business Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Houston, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in April 2011.

Interview Details – Interviewed with the Area Manager, very quick and painless if you have experience. Was mostly told about responsibilities and goal for the counter.

Interview Question – Why should you be the manager over someone that is more seasoned with MAC?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – NO negotiation I was offered 15.50 an hr. plus 3% commission on anything I sold and a half % override on the counters monthly income.

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Retail Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied in-person and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

Interview Details – Interviewed with a recruiter, 4 phone interviews, in-person interview and makeup demo, 1 more phone interview, then the offer.

Interview Question – Standardized questions... next 5 years, "how would you handle...", etc   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – My salary requirements were met with the first offer, and i accepted

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