A lot of people wonder about the salaries or hourly pay of makeup
artists at MAC. I found this website www.glassdoor.com
that tells you some information on the company..as well as many other companies.
m.a.c. interview questions/reviews
I think a lot of people think that working at MAC is their dream job. While working with makeup would be so many people’s “dream job”, MAC’s employees are more focused on high sales. If you don’t meet a quota you get fired.. no matter how well you apply makeup. The other sales people, while nice, are also held to the same quota and with only a certain amount of customers coming each day, there is going to be competition and anger if someone swipes your customer and sale. While dressing stylishly and having great makeup and application skills are vital to the position, you should ABSOLUTELY know sales techniques
like the back of your hand. Sales skills will get you far when working at a MAC location. Don’t go into any interview unprepared!
-Scope out the place you want to interview for the level the employees dress on and step it up a notch. For MAC, go for trendy, stylish, a bit of classic thrown in, well fitting clothes. For almost all interviews
, it is a good idea to wear
close toed shoes. Skirts are favored for women at most places for interviews. Always wear hose with a skirt to an interview. Black is fine as are black tights if you are going all black otherwise skin colored hose is good. Skip the cleavage, it can come off as either slutty and irresponsible or threatening in an interview. Interviews are best done on the conservative side. If you wear heels, make sure they fit well and you can walk naturally in them. For a job standing on your feet all day, I personally would not wear tall heels.
-Wear a full face
of only MAC makeup
and remember what you are wearing in case they ask, also choose a flattering look for your skin, eye, and hair color
. Use foundation (perfectly matched), primers, blush, 3 eye
shadows at least, lipstick and lipglass, fake eyelashes… if you can’t think of combination you are comfortable with use one of MAC’s facecharts, and since you’ve gotten this far i’m assuming you are a great blender of makeup.. if you aren’t just rocking a wild look, go for a nice neutral one that shows off your features.
-Have fresh, well manicured nails, using m.a.c. polish or a clean french manicure
-Have a nice haircut that flatters your face shape and depending on the location wear appropriate hair color, normally i’d wear a natural shade to the interview, but like i said it depends on the location…mac is pretty open to funky hair color, but it does vary from location. Hair should always be neatly styled, clean, and for the most part, away from your face-since it’s your main advertisement.
-keep jewelry to a minimum.
-You might consider wearing all black to the interview, because that is the standard color MAC’s employees wear and it shows off the makeup. Your face and body language are being heavily scrutinized. About 55% of you will be judged on appearance in a normal interview, so expect a little more at this type of job.
-Know their products, brushes, company history and programs (viva glam, back2mac, etc). Be able to describe the finishes of eyeshadows and lipsticks .
- Practice putting a full face of makeup on a friend or friends in less than 20 minutes I believe.
-Show confidence, make eye contact, have a firm handshake, smile, don’t interrupt and be yourself!
-Follow up the interview if you don’t hear back within the timeframe they said they’d call, call the interviewer…don’t forget their name!! If you don’t get the job send a card thanking them for the interview. It’s a nice gesture and they are more likely to remember you if you reapply later.
-Go over these interview questions that are commonly asked, you’ll have to look up and personalize your own answers….don’t leave a question unanswered because this can lose the job for you:
-what motivates you?
-where do you see yourself in 5 years with the company?
-what will you bring to the company?
-what do you expect to be paid?
-when do you expect to be promoted?
-how do you get along with a coworker with whom you may not share the same views?
-how do you deal with an angry customer?
-How do you balance life and work?
-Please explain this gap in unemployment?
-What did you learn from your previous manager or job?
- Why did you leave your previous job?
-Who is your hero?
-Why do you think you’d be good at this job?
-Tell me about a time when you failed.
-Tell me about a time that you misjudged a person.
-How do you measure success?
-Tell me about a time that you participated in a team, what was your role?
Remember not to stress, get a good nights sleep, eat breakfast, arrive early and don’t get down on yourself if you don’t get the job. Another better job may be waiting right around the corner.
And as I hear sometimes.. don’t ever be intimidated by someone that works there! They are only there to serve you, help you, sell to you, so if you are ignored, go to another employee or just leave. Complain to the manager or write mac a letter directly if it is extreme. Most employees i’ve come across aren’t rude. Either they are busy or they too are a little timid to jump right into a conversation. The best way to approach any salesperson in my opinion, is to have a specific product question or ask which recommendations they could give you. If they cannot answer either one at all, step away and decide if you really want to shop there. If they are rude, smile and leave, it really is their loss.