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Top 25 Sephora Interview Questions

Question 1 of 26
At Sephora we put a lot of effort into our branding. In your opinion, how do we stand out from our competitors?
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Question 2 of 26
How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
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You cannot force others to communicate with you in a way that you would always prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have handled a supervisor who does not interact with you in a way that you like.

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"Whenever I have had a supervisor who does not properly communicate with me, I try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. Sometimes you have to relate to others in their style to be understood."
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"I try to be independent and find as many answers on my own, as possible. As much as I would love to always work with supervisors who are great communicators, that is not always a realistic ask."
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Question 3 of 26
When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?
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Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

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"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my career, including my time in University. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
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"In my current company, we have a very diverse group of people that range in age, race, experience, gender, and more. I embrace it fully!"
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Question 4 of 26
Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
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A genuinely creative minded person will have outside activities aside from what's happening in the workplace. Tell the interviewer about the variety of ways in which you express your creativity.

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"Outside of work I like to attend dance classes and I also attend the odd paint and sip wine nights at a local wine shop. I also enjoy reading as a way of nurturing my creative side."
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"I put creativity into everything that I do. I am really into fashion and design, so I spend a lot of my spare time helping friends to shop for clothes, pick out makeup, and decorate their homes."
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Question 5 of 26
Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?
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Question 6 of 26
Judging by your resume, you appear to be overqualified for this position. What would keep you here, if you were offered the position?
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Question 7 of 26
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Question 8 of 26
Describe to me your ideal employer.
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Question 9 of 26
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 10 of 26
How do you feel about performance incentives?
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Author of Sephora Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 05/19/2018
Last modified on: 07/01/2018

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Question 11 of 26
Are you applying for any other jobs?
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Question 12 of 26
Why do you consider yourself a team player?
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Question 13 of 26
What are your career aspirations beyond this job?
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Question 14 of 26
When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
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Question 15 of 26
We take customer service very seriously at Sephora. If a customer wanted to return a makeup product that had been significantly used, what would you do?
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Question 16 of 26
The beauty industry is very competitive. Why do you want to work for Sephora?
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Question 17 of 26
At Sephora we seek to hire those who have a true passion for the beauty industry. How do you stay up to date on industry trends?
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Question 18 of 26
Name your favourite Sephora product and why it's your favourite.
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Question 19 of 26
At Sephora we prefer to hire those with formal training in beauty, makeup, or other related fields. Walk me through your relative training.
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Question 20 of 26
At Sephora we always want our customers to feel valued and welcome. If a customer broke a product in-store before purchasing it, what would you do?
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Question 21 of 26
The hours at Sephora can include evenings, weekends, holidays, and overtime. Do you have a flexible schedule?
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Question 22 of 26
At Sephora we have an important dress code for all employees. Are you willing to comply?
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Question 23 of 26
We put great effort into being the best in our industry. In your opinion, what can Sephora improve on?
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Question 24 of 26
Tell me about your most recent visit to a Sephora store. What was your experience like?
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Question 25 of 26
When were you able to resolve a problem within work?
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Question 26 of 26
If you were the successful candidate, how much notice would you require to give your current employer?
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About Sephora

Sephora is a French brand and chain of cosmetics stores founded in Paris in 1970.

Sephora originates from "sephos", which is Greek for "beauty" and the name Zipporah, the exceptionally beautiful wife of Moses in the Book of Exodus. The Sephora logo is a white "S" shaped flame against a black background.

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