I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Origins Natural Resources in April 2012.
Interview Details – Initial screening was very traditional. Sit-down with area executive, exchanging questions about the position's responsibilities and the company culture and benefits. Estee Lauder Companies utilizes Talent Plus as a follow-up interview by phone to help identify specific talents and proclivities a candidate is likely to bring to their position, and the process can be awkward for some since the interview is structured (no conversation or feedback offered by the analyst).
Interview Question – What is more important to you: making sales or offering the best customer service? View Answer
Negotiation Details – I had asked for significantly more than my current salary, more than I thought they would likely accept. The counter offer was still within my expectations, so the negotiation phase was not difficult.
I applied in-person and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Origins Natural Resources in September 2013.
Interview Details – I applied to Origins in the store after seeing they were hiring and received a call about a week later to schedule an interview. After my initial short interview about my past work experience I was told I would have a phone interview next. The phone interview is pretty awful. All of the questions had the same structure, where are you on a scale of 1-10 for positivity, loyalty, etc.. When was a time you were positive, loyal etc... After my phone interview I did not hear back for another week, then I was scheduled to come in for a third round interview with a manager.
Interview Question – When was a time you were loyal? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate. I asked for a small amount higher than what they initially proposed and they accepted.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Origins Natural Resources in April 2013.
Interview Details – I was first screened by phone with the full time key holder, then invited in for second interview with the Assistant Manager. Both interviews were very professional, and the ladies were easy to talk to. The second portion was a phone interview which determined if you were a candidate worth proceeding further. Lastly I interviewed with the store manager, during the interview she went over sales expectations and coaching reports, which gave a realistic review of what was expected on the job.
Interview Question – What is a cause I am passionate about? I was not expecting that so it caught me off guard. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate, however I strongly suggest making a counter offer if offered a position
I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Origins Natural Resources in March 2010.
Interview Details – Came into a clean fresh store. There were only 2 customers along with the assistant Manager who I was happily greeted by. As we walked to the back we had a friendly ice breaker conversation. She handed me over to the store manager and we talked a while. I was a little bit uncomfortable because the Store Manager was hard to read, as in her body language and facial expressions were very expressionless. It was almost like she was starring through me but she actually ended up being an amazing person to work for.
Interview Question – Why should we hire you? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable. It is a starting pay rate for all in that position.
Interviewed at Origins Natural Resources
Interview Details – Must walk in to preferred store location, request to complete job application. Turn application along with a resume in to supervisor or store manager. This position requires that the applicant have a background in retail cosmetics and or an esthetician or spa associate background.
Interview Question – This was an easygoing, fun atmosphere that promotes well being, there are really no difficult questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – It was fair as compared to level of experience, etc.
The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Origins Natural Resources in May 2012.
Interview Details – I am still in the interviewing process but I just had my first phone interview. This is the Talent Plus part of the interview. I conveniently read about the Talent Plus thing on this site, and it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. My lunch break is only 1 hour so I am waiting for someone to call me back to complete the last 10 questions. Basically all of the questions ask you whether or not you believe something and then to tell them about a time you did that something.
So many questions, and these are all that I can remember. I hope this helps someone else who is going through the Talent Plus section of the company.
Interview Question – They asked me to tell them about a time:
I demonstrated leadership
Got others to get excited about a mundane task
Would discuss with a subordinate their drinking habits while they are not at work
Thought of an improvement in the middle of the night
Whether or not I like to take lots of breaks, or work straight through
How I would handle a team of Beauty Advisors who didn't get along with each other
How would I treat a VIP that is coming to the counter
Motivate others to reach their goals
Effectively delegate tasks
Do others at work ask me for advice
Do others at work like me ... How do you know
Do friends ask me for advice
What do I look for in a friend
What characterists does a good counter manager possess ... do I have those skills
How do I relax
What are my hobbies
Has anyone ever commented about how tidy my workspace is
Do I have a plan of action for my counter ... How will I execute this plan of action
Why would I work late for the company Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Origins Natural Resources in January 2011.
Interview Details – I had a face to face interview with the store manager, after that, she asked me to come back in the next day to speak to the District Manager. The questions were typical of retail sales interview questions. After my interview with the District Manager, a company called and did a personality test. They asked more in depth questions than the initial interview with the managers. It goes into the Estee Lauder database.
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Origins Natural Resources.
Interview Details – Interviewed with district manager and a personality test
Interview Question – Do you sell by product knowledge or relationship? View Answer
The process took a day - interviewed at Origins Natural Resources in June 2008.
Interview Details – The emphasis was on the personality test and previous job experience. Be very polished with full make up but not overly done.
Interview Question – Do you sell by relationship or product knowledge? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Stick to your guns with your salary expectations as long as you can back it up with prior performance.
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