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MAC Cosmetics Interview Questions

Updated Sep 20, 2017
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    I went through many verbal interviews at varies locations and 2 makeup interviews .My interview process as a whole took roughly one year. It takes way longer to apply for a permanent position then it does if you just apply as a freelancer and then work your way up. Also working as a freelancer you have more of a chance to get hired first if anything does open up (because mac likes to hire within first)

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    Retail Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics (New York, NY) in August 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online on indeed and basically got the email to come in for a verbal interview and a makeup demo. In the verbal interview they will mainly ask you costumer service based questions, for the makeup demo you are asked to bring in a model and have about 20-25 mins to complete a look. The artistry instructors will basically pick how much time they wanna give you, and whether or not they want to switch your models on the spot so be prepared for anything basically. During the demo your also expected to bring your own clean brushes. And they will pull your model and give them a senerio. They did not switch my model and basically gave us 20 mins to do a glowy skin/bold lip look. Interact with your client they aren't really looking for much Artistry skill they want to see that you can make conversation and can give the client what they want. Bold lip means RED, pull in skin care for brownie points.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a time you went outta your way for a costumer   2 Answers
    • How do you handle a difficult costumer   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (2)  

    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

    Interview

    Spoken group interview followed by a practical makeup application. The interview was fairly casual and focused on our personal connection to MAC (lots of "why MAC" questions) and our approach to customer service/selling product. It was a bit difficult at first because of the group setting, as you had to compete a bit either other applicants to speak (people are AGRESSIVE). You will need to fight a little to be heard, however don't be the person who jumps down the interviewer's threat every time she asks a questions, it comes off as obnoxious. I tried to alternate between answering first or second, and waiting for the other applicants to speak. Also, be humble; some of the other people being interviewed were super cocky and basically refused to admit anything less than perfection (when asked what you would do if a customer didn't like the makeup look you'd done on them, one person responded with complete shock and said "Wow, that's never happened to me before, everyone always loves when I do their makeup!" and focused more on how great she is rather than answering the question-- the interviewer was not impressed). Be assertive, but humble and show your willingness to die and improve, as well as a love for the compmahu and knowledge of what makes MAC unique.
    For the practical makeup application, we were given a different model than the person we brought so the interviewees could see how we interacted with and work on someone we'd never met before. We were given 30 minutes to give the model a natural makeup look with neutral eyes and a subtle lip that enhanced the client's features and a winged liner if we had time. After the 30 minutes were up, we were given a critique and then had an extra 5 minutes to improve our looks-- I was given positive feedback so instead of asking me to improve, I was asked to build the makeup into a night look by adding a dark lip and intensifying the eye. Other interviewees were given advice on how to improve and asked to correct certain things in the extra 5 minutes, such as blending out the shadow more, redoing the liner, softening the brows, etc. The MAC artist who was evaluating us walked around and watched each of us work through the application portion, often giving advice. Definitely be passionate about MAC and knowledgeable about the company during the interview, and during the practical, be sure to talk to your model and explain what you're doing, make conversation, etc. (most common feedback to other interviewees was to talk more, and the interviewer praised me a lot on my interactions with the model), keep your station neat, and of course be able to actually finish your look in time following the instructions.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want this job?   1 Answer
    • What specific thing about MAC excites you?   1 Answer
    • Where do you see yourself in 10 years, assuming you get this job? What is your goal at MAC?   1 Answer
    • Let's say a client is having a bad day and is unhappy with the makeup and being rude. What do you do?   1 Answer
    • At MAC we offer seminars for our artists so they can learn new skills and trends. What would you like one of these training sessions to be focused on?   1 Answer
    • Do you have any questions for me?   1 Answer

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    Third Key Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics (San Antonio, TX) in June 2017.

    Interview

    Easy. Prepped in a basic way. Interviewers were kind. About an hour long. General questions as well as company relevant questions. Interviewed with SM and ASM. Action plan required. Phone interview

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    Freelance Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics (Las Vegas, NV) in May 2017.

    Interview

    1st interview - job fair, waited on line for no longer than 2 hours. If you made it they gave you an envelope to 2nd & 3rd interview.
    2nd&3rd- was group interview & makeup application. They ask to bring model, they switch up the models once you are there. They EXPECT you to do EXACTLY as your client wants. Even as ridicoules request as it is. Only used 5 brushes. Was difficult to find products since the girls would take off rack. I had only 30 mins to do cut crease with minimum tools.

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    Permanent Artist and Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

    Interview

    Internal candidates submit email to corporate postings site. Submit a resume and a plan of action tailored to the needs of the site in which you are applying. Interview with the MRO and Site Manager.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you plan to positively affect the deficit?   1 Answer

  7.  

    Emailed Human Resources Mac Interview

    Anonymous Employee in El Paso, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics (El Paso, TX).

    Interview

    sent an email was invited to meet at job fair, type thing, there was tons of girls. they interviewed there if you passed they asked you to come the next day. The next day was the makeup application, where they asked you to do a certain look.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your favorite MAC product?   1 Answer
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    Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics (Wilmington, NC) in January 2017.

    Interview

    Phone interview and then unperson interview. did phone interview and waited a week for a follow up. drove 1.5 hours to do a face to face to find out they weren't even hiring only looking to see whats out there. a big waste of a saturday

    Interview Questions

    • why do you want to work at mac?   2 Answers

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Freelance Makeup Artist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics (Washington, DC) in January 2017.

    Interview

    The interview process went incredibly smooth! I got lucky and had a good interview process. I went in extremely nervous but if you have a good general background knowledge of the company and its products, then you should be good. Make sure you know a good amount of information about the MAC products though.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked a lot of question about the company itself such as favorite products, the HIV cause   1 Answer

  10. Helpful (17)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at MAC Cosmetics.

    Interview

    I had heard the stories and was prepared for anything. It just all depends on who the person who's interviewing you is and their personality. My interview was very super smooth I went on a Tuesday and it wasn't busy at all. The RM who interviewed me asked me a couple of questions on the company and myself and then we went to the makeup application interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for Mac? Can you tell me some of our programs and how they contribute to the community? What's your favorite Mac product and why? How would you describe Mac Cosmetics to others?   2 Answers

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