Sephora Assistant Manager Interview Questions

Updated Aug 4, 2015
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Assistant Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN
No Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Sephora (Minnetonka, MN) in April 2015.

Interview

I applied online to Sephora for an Assistant Manager position and received a phone call a few days afterwards. In the phone call, I was given a brief interview and was asked basic interview questions such as, "Where do you see yourself in five years?", "What is your beauty experience?", "Would you like to be full-time or part-time?". I set up an interview for the following week and confirmed that the position I would be interviewed for was indeed, Assistant Manager. I got to the interview about 10 minutes early. I had to wait about 15 minutes for my interviewer to come out and greet me. I expected I would be taken to the back somewhere, an office or even a break-room perhaps. Instead, we walked out into the mall and sat on a bench in the middle of a highly-trafficked mall walk-way. It was distracting to say the least, having to remain professional and answer questions with every stranger passing by listening to my answers. After the interview (in which I thought I did a great job) my interviewer asked me, "So, what do you think you'll be doing in the job?". I went on to answer appropriately from my previous assistant manager experience. She interrupts me and says, "actually...the interview we just did today was for a Sales Representative for our sales floor. If you would like a leadership interview, we would have to schedule that for a different time." She goes on to tell me that when she was first hired she went through 6 weeks of interviews until she was offered the job. She also said that Sephora doesn't like to hire from outside the company for leadership roles. I left the interview feeling mostly confused. Why was I able to apply for an assistant manager position if Sephora wasn't looking to hire one from outside the company? Why was over an hour of my time wasted doing an interview for a position I didn't want? What company makes their applicants go through 6 weeks of interviews for a sales floor position? Why did she confirm with me the week before that the interview I was doing was for an assistant manager position only to not interview me for that, and not even tell me I wasn't being interviewed for that until AFTER the entire interview was over. I was HIGHLY displeased with my interview experience with Sephora. I never received a phone call back, which was just fine with me, because I would never have accepted a position there. At least not that location.

Interview Questions

  • What beauty experience do you have? Where do you see yourself in 6 months? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Give me three words that would describe your ideal workplace.   Answer Question

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    Assistant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Sephora (New York, NY).

    Interview

    1st interview with store manager 2nd with DM. They went through a packet of questions. All very easy.

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    Assistant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Sephora in May 2015.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview with one of their recruiters. She was nice but you could tell I wasn't her first call for the day. She said I would be more suited to the Specialist position even though I was more than qualified for the assistant manager position. She suggested I come to the interview but couldn't promise anything. I got a confirmation email for the day and confirmed. A few days later I got another confirmation but for the wrong day and it was a day I couldn't attend. When I told her that I couldn't attend that day as I wasn't given enough notice, I basically got a Too bad so sad response

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    Assistant Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    I was being interviewed for a new store opening. The store manager and I sat down at caribou. It took about a half hour.

    Interview Questions

    • What three things could you say to associates to make them impressed with you as a manager? What would you do if an associate doesn't want to follow your direction.   Answer Question
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