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Hot Topic CEO & Director Lisa Harper
Lisa Harper
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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time for more than 5 years


    Was very easy when doing the group interview. Talked about my personal hobbies, my favorite bands, and my strengths and weaknesses.


    There isnt really bad anything about because everyone is really nice and chill. You get to wear hatever you want. and also you get great discounts on the tee shirts and everything in the store

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Hot Topic Interviews

Updated Sep 14, 2014
Updated Sep 14, 2014

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Antioch, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Antioch, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Hot Topic in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process was pretty fast. I applied online to my nearest Hot Topic and i was called within 5 days for an interview. The interview was a group interview, which they had not informed me of. There was three of us. The interview was easy and they asked basic questions about favorite music bands, favorite movies, past job experience, personal hobbies, etc. The hardest part was trying to get in talking because one of the other people just wouldnt stop and he would cut us off.

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Headquarters City of Industry, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1989
Type Company - Public
Industry Retail
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

What's the Hot Topic? "Everything About the Music," according to this teen-focused retailer. Hot Topic's 655 mall-based stores in the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada sell rock-inspired clothing and accessories in settings resembling the industrial clubs where kids (ages 12 to 22) rock out. It also runs some 150 Torrid shops offering apparel and accessories for plus-sized females (as old as 29!). Though focused on selling licensed concert apparel from current and classic rockers including Iron Maiden, Nirvana, and Metallica, Hot Topic also sells tees celebrating pop culture and... More

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