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Cosmetic Counter Person Sample Job Interview Questions

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Want to work for companies like Estée Lauder, MAC cosmetics, Clinique and so forth ? well first you’ve got to pass that job interview and today we’re going to show you how you can answer like a professional.  I can’t cover every question that will be asked in your job interview and teach you how to answer every question.  But I will show you how to answer all couple of the most common questions asked in job interviews in the cosmetic industry.  In addition I have included several more sample job interview questions that you will be likely asked in your upcoming makeup artist position.

Working behind a cosmetic counter is a makeup person really blends two main job families: customer service and sales.  High profile cosmetic companies look for makeup artists who are passionate about what they do and about the cosmetic industry.  The reason being is if you’re not passionate how can you sell beauty products to your customers?  Is important for you to work into your job interview your passion for the beauty industry.  Let me give an example.  Is very common for you to be asked in your job interview, “tell me about yourself“.  Here is an example of a great answer:

“My name is Sarah and I have been working in the cosmetic industry for a little over five years now.  I told the certification as a makeup artist from Blanche MacDonald.  I have worked for companies such as Estée Lauder, Clinique and Mac cosmetics.  Through working for these companies I have been able to develop excellent interpersonal skills and hone my selling techniques which I use to build repeat clientele.  In my previous positions I have always exceeded my sales targets by taking the initiative to present merchandise and educate my customers.”

Another very common questions that you’ll be asked in your job interview is, “why should I hire you for this make-up artist position?”.  Here is an example of a great answer:

“I very strong knowledge of many brands of make-up and strong interpersonal skills.  II listen to the customer and get a sense of their style and comfort to recommend the perfect product.  I have a strong passion for helping women discover their own beauty and confidence.  There’s nothing more satisfying to me that helping a woman look and feel beautiful.  My goal for every customer who leaves my counter is that they walk away with a positive experience feeling good about themselves.”


Cosmetic Counter Person Sample Job Interview Questions


Here are sample Cosmetic Counter Person job interview questions designed specifically for the Counter career.
Be sure to check out more Counter interview questions.


Describe your experience with contacting them to follow up on purchases, suggest new merchandise and invite them to upcoming events.

Tell me a bit more about your background with advanced airbrush cosmetics formulations and airbrush innovations?

What’s your background with doing skin care consultations? Can you recall a very difficult consultation you’ve had with the customer regarding their skincare ? What made it challenging for you?  And how did you overcome this? 

In this position we pride ourselves on having the ability to very accurately determine what customer really needs.  In your view what is the key to determining what customer’s needs are with respect to makeup and beauty products?

Our goal is to make every customer feel beautiful.  What do you do to help make your customers feel beautiful inside and out?

How do you ensure success when setting and achieving personal sales goals while supporting the goals of the team?

How frequently do you meet with your coworkers as a group? What is your role in these meetings as a Cosmetic Counter Person? Give a specific example of one of these meetings.

What types of writing have you done in our job as Cosmetic Counter Person? Can you give some examples? (Follow up on one or two examples.)

How do you build long lasting relationships with customers?

Describe some of your selling techniques and how you’ve applied them in your previous positions as a makeup artist.

What types of makeup brands, and skincare products have you worked with?

In your view, what is the most important aspect of helping a customer choose the right scent?

Tell me a bit more about your background with perfumes, eau de toilette, and after shaves

What do you know about women’s, men’s, and unisex eaux de parfum?