As some of you may have seen on Twitter, I recently found out that I have a job at Benefit Cosmetics!
When I was preparing for my Benefit interview/ audition I spent a while reading blogs and watching youtube videos about the whole process. Quite a lot of them are a few years old and the interview process has changed a bit so I thought I would share my experience.
Applying for the job
So first up is how I applied! I work in a Boots store at the moment and saw a sign advertising the vacancy on the counter in store. Benefit advertise online and also on the counters so keep an eye out on both if you are looking to apply! Once I had handed in my CV I was invited to an ‘audition’ the following week.
My audition took place in a Debenhams store, I was told to arrive wearing all black and a full face of makeup. I arrived a bit early so I was told to walk around for a bit until everyone else had arrived. After 15 minutes two other girls and the area manager who would be conducting the auditions had arrived.
The area manager gave us a brief outline of what we would be doing and we each had mini interviews with her. This only lasted about 5 minutes, I was asked basic questions such as my favourite benefit products, why I wanted to work for Benefit, my availability, if I had any beauty qualifications and my contact details.
After all the mini interviews were over the manager showed us the basic counter hygiene, the correct way to set up for a makeover and how to hygienically apply makeup to customers. We were then told to go into the store and ‘traffic stop’. Ah yes, the famous traffic stopping, this is the bit that you’ve probably heard a ton of horror stories about. I’m not going to lie, after reading these horror stories I was incredibly nervous.
It was quite early on a weekday, so the store was fairly empty, but I managed to get two people to agree to come over to the counter for a mini makeover. We were given free reign over all the products, so it is definitely worth looking up a few key products, which skin tones they suit and how to use them beforehand etc…
I was surprised to find that once I got into the swing of it traffic stopping was actually not that bad, you get used to the rejection really quickly, you will get a lot of people with excuses, you also get a lot of people that will outright just say no, so just thank them and move on. Luckily I didn’t have anyone get angry or annoyed at me but I’m sure this does happen and will happen to me at some point whilst I’m working!
After about half an hour I was surprised to find that my nerves had faded and I was actually having fun. If you’re interested in makeup and love trying it and talking about it then you will probably be surprised at how quickly you will get used to traffic stopping , I know I was.
We were told it wasn’t necessary to sell any products, although obviously it looked good if you did. I didn’t manage to sell anything, the other girls did sell a few bits though.
After about an hour of traffic stopping I told that the audition was over, that I had done well and would be contacted in the next few days by phone.
A few days later I got a call from the Benefit manager to arrange a store approval interview. All the blogs I had read said this would be a short, easy interview about availability etc so I was totally unprepared when it turned out to be a serious interview. I was asked about traffic stopping, how I would increase customers and special events I could plan. I was so caught off guard I totally froze up and couldn’t think of anything to say! If you’ve got a store approval coming up I would make sure that you are prepared for both types of interview!
The minute I got out of the store approval interview I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to get it. So when a few days later I got an email telling me that I had been unsuccessful I wasn’t surprised. I was totally gutted to have put myself through such an intense interview process and to have been unsuccessful but I was still glad I did it.
And it was definitely worth it as a few months later another position became available and voila I am now a Benebabe!!
I have just got back from the amazing Benetowers, where I had three days of training. If anyone wants an update on my training or if you have any questions, let me know!
I hope this has helped anyone who has an upcoming interview or is thinking of applying for Benefit!