My Hollister Interview Experience!

On Friday May 27, 2016, I interviewed for a position as brand representative at Hollister! As many teenage girls/guys are interested in working part-time jobs at retail stores like Hollister, I thought I’d share with you guys the questions asked during my interview, as well as my overall experience!

Ice breakers
1) introduce yourself
2) fav animal

Questions
1) Experiences of being outgoing in front of a lot of people?
2) What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?
3) Describe a situation in which you’ve interacted with diverse group of people.
4) Scenario: a customer comes up to you asking for recommendations for clothes. How do you respond?

All in all, I thought the interview was a pretty low-key experience. This was my first job interview EVER, so I was admittedly a little bit nervous, as I did not know what to expect. Usually, Hollister interviews are conducted in group settings, with a few other applicants applying for the same position. I was the only applicant the day I interviewed, however, so it was just me and the store manager (a relief, if you ask me!).

For the interview, we sat on a bench in a quiet corner of the mall, a little ways away from the store. One thing to keep in mind is that you can take all the time you need to think about a good, complete answer to the questions posed. Don’t feel compelled or pressured to rush into answering the question. The store manager made it clear to me that I could- and should- take time to think before answering. Also, the interview is a chance for you to ask any questions you may have about the position, work attire, hours, wages, etc. Any questions you have for the store manager, don’t hesitate to ask!

So what should you wear to the Hollister interview? The morning of the interview, I was at a complete loss over how to dress. Seeing as this was an interview for a clothing store, I figured I should dress in a Hollister-y way, so the store manager could better envision me as an actual employee there. I wore a thin flowy-sleeved white blouse, blue boot cut jeans, tan-colored Toms wedges, and a matching tan satchel purse. My hairdo was pretty interesting- the day I interviewed was actually the day of senior prom, so right before my interview at 1:00 pm, I had my hair all curled and dolled up for that night. I explained the situation to the store manager, who was completely cool about it. I don’t think I wore ANY makeup to the interview, but you can never go wrong with foundation, light eyeshadow and mascara. I don’t really encourage the heavy eyeliner and such, since Hollister style is more about natural beauty(think SoCal beach scene).

It’s about ten days since the interview, and I still have not heard back from the store manager. I’m guessing that means I probably did not get the job, which I am 1000% okay with, since I mainly interviewed for the experience! One more thing to note- if you don’t get the Hollister job, it doesn’t mean you are not beautiful. It just means that you either don’t fit the Hollister “look”, don’t have enough job experience- there are a whole host of reasons! In spite of all that, I highly encourage you guys to go out, prospecting, looking for part-time jobs this summer, particularly in retail- I’ve heard it is an eye-opening humbling experience. Don’t let the anticipation of not getting the job hinder you from seeking out the experience!

Talk to you guys soon!

 

-Belicia

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