Many QC Students would love to one day work for a big makeup brand like MAC Cosmetics or Sephora. But the idea of even applying for these jobs can be super stressful for some people!
In her latest video, Jamie Smith explains how she landed a job as a MAC Makeup Artist. Learn what the interview process is like and how you can make sure you present yourself correctly to get the job!
The Interview Process
Jamie mentions there are three separate interviews she went through after having applied for the job.
1: In-Person Interview
First, she met face-to-face with an interviewer to go over her resume and talk about opportunities. This was very similar to any other job interview for a retail-type position.
Retail skills matter!
Though you’re applying for a makeup artist job, the reality is when you work at MAC, Sephora or any other makeup retail location, you’re expected to not only be an exceptional makeup artist, but also to be able to sell their products. So retail experience, or at least good customer service experience, is a real asset!
2: The Makeup Trial
This is where you’ll show off your skills as a makeup artist. You’ll arrive with a model and you’ll be asked to apply several looks to that model.
During the trial, be sure you treat your model as if they’re a MAC customer you’ve never met. You’ll be evaluated on more than just your skills, but your abilities to interact with customers, make them feel comfortable, and sell MAC products all at the same time!
3: In-Store Interview
Jamie’s third interview was with the manager of the actual MAC store where she was going to work. During this interview, you’ll want to make sure you present yourself with in-style makeup that both show off your skills and confirm that you are aware of the latest makeup trends. Of course, your interpersonal skills will be evaluated here as well!
Do you plan on one day working at MAC? Learn how to write an awesome resume first!
Note: The steps in this video and in the above description depict one individual’s experience applying for a job with MAC cosmetics in August 2014. QC is not affiliated with MAC and thus we cannot guarantee that your experience will be similar to the one above. For more information on jobs with MAC cosmetics, please contact them directly!