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Updated Dec 9, 2014
Updated Dec 9, 2014
91 Interview Reviews

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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at MAC Cosmetics in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Meet with Store Managers, then district training manager, then mock/timed makeup application. The First interview was easy going asked all the expected questions in customer service. The second interview was at another location with the district manger whom was extremely rude and late to meeting. The makeup application was was going and allowed you to show talent.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    The hiring process was so long and tedious.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Retail Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – 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 Questions
    • Booking events: You have one day to book a number of events, how will you do it?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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  5.  

    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 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 Questions
    • How would you sell red lipstick to a customer who came to purchase a different item?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Freelance Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baton Rouge, LA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Baton Rouge, LA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at MAC Cosmetics in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    3 Part Interview:
    1 on 1 Interview with Store Manager. Brush up on history and play up on customer service
    Model: Showcase you skills. You will be given a look to recreate
    Phone Interview with District Manager

    Interview Questions
    • Basic Interview Questions: Why you want to work for MAC, Experience, Customer Service Questions and History and Back to MAC and Viva Glam involvement   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Freelance Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Retail Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in West Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Retail Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I applied at a MAC Counter inside of a Macy's. The mgr called me back and asked me to come in for an interview. At the end of that interview I was asked if I would like to have a 2nd interview. This would be the makeup demo, I was given a face chart and told that I would have 30 minutes recreate the look. After the 2nd interview I was unsure because I did not feel that I did my best considering how nervous I was. About two days later I received a call back for one more 3rd interview with the regional manager the next week. I went to the interview which was very short and quick. I received a call the same day and was offered a perm position!

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There is not any negotiations.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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