I got the job!
Hello my lovelies!
I have some super exciting news today, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you will already know the fabulous news. If not then you will find out now . . . I got a job working for Benefit Cosmetics!
I had my audition on Wednesday and I managed to do something right and I got the job! I am absolutely over the moon and cannot wait to start working for one of my favourite make-up brands.
Prior to my audition, I wanted to read up on some of the things that I might be doing; basically I didn’t want to turn up completely unprepared and look like a deer in the headlights. I personally don’t know anyone that works with Benefit, so I had to do my research on the internet. Bad idea. The information was very limited and most of what I read was stuff that people had posted on forums, and to be honest, how trustworthy are forums?
Anywho, I read as much as I could as my general understanding was that Benefit was a horrible company to work for. This completely freaked me out and from that point I dreaded the audition; luckily, I have some pretty amazing friends around me that calmed me down and made me stop thinking about what others say and just judge things by my own experience, if you get me?
I thought about what kind of blog post I could do to help others, and the best thing I could do was just to detail my experience from the very beginning when registering to the Benefit Careers website. I will now write a small step-by-step guide on my experience and any tips I would have liked to have read before going into the interview.
Step 1: Registering at Benefit Careers
This step is pretty self explanatory, but what I will say is that registering for Benefit was much easier than any other careers website I have registered at. Firstly, you have to answer a few simple questions to help them determine which area you would work in and whether you are suitable to apply for a job. I think there are is a total of 4/5 multiple choice questions in this stage, then presuming you’ve been suitable, you will go on to registering all of your details.
Step 2: Finding the vacancy
Once fully registered, you will be able to apply for appropriate positions within the Benefit team. Make sure you read all the information about the position, you don’t want to be successful in the application to end up not being suitable for you. It will save you and the Benefit recruitment team so much time.
Step 3: The call
This step caught me off guard; I was coming out of the shower and had just missed a call on my phone. As I didn’t have the number saved, I rang back using 141 and heard the answer phone message detailing that this caller worked for Benefit. I immediately hung up, then rang back without the 141 and left a voicemail apologising for the missed call and that I would be free for the rest of the day if they would kindly ring me back. Soon enough my area manager, Kelly, rang me back and asked if she could conduct a really simple and quick telephone interview.
The best advice I can give for answering these questions, is to be you. It is unlikely that you will be prepared, but that’s kind of the point. Answer the questions as fully and as confidently as you can and I am sure you will pass that stage, easy.
Step 4: What to wear
Once you have passed the telephone interview, your area manager will have given you details about the audition; what date, the time, the place and what to wear and that’s pretty much it. This was my first interview/audition for a job, I have always previously just gone into a job after handing in my CV, but that was when I lived in a small town and things were different. Your area manager will tell you to wear all black with any colour/style closed toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops). I have visited quite a few Benefit counters before, so I went ahead and chose a smart/casual outfit. I wore black ballet pumps, black jeans, a black chiffon blouse and a casual silk type blazer. The other girls wore similar outfits, dresses, skirts and long shirts. As long as you looked smart and it was black, that’s all that mattered.
Obviously, you have to make a great first impression, so please ensure that your make-up in ON POINT. At the end of the day, you are applying to work for a make-up company . . . Duh.
Step 5: The audition
When you arrive be as confident, polite and as outgoing as possible. You need to stand out from the other girls there. It’s best to arrive earlier, I arrived about 15 minutes early and so I got signed in then had a wander round Boots until 10am. When I got back to the counter, the area manager was there along with the 4 other girls having their audition and guess what . . . they were all so pretty! Great, just my luck.
Step 6: Intro, run through & role play
After the initial meeting you will be taken into a training room, where you will begin your training for the day. It is at this stage where you really have to pay attention and allow yourself to be sponge . . . absorbing everything your area manger will tell & teach you. You will go through a quick role play of how you traffic stop and how to deal with certain scenarios. This bit is quite fun and will prepare you a bit more, for when you go up to the shop floor. Their motto is “bums on seats”, if there isn’t somebody at your counter go and find someone, which makes sense. Benefit aren’t one of the leading cosmetics brands for no reason.
After this stage you will be taught about specific products, what they do, how to apply it, main ingredients and the pricing. The products that were used in my intro were:
- It’s Potent – eye cream
- The POREfessional – primer
- You Rebel – tinted moisturiser
- Bentint – cheek & lip stain
- High Beam and Moon Beam – highlighter
After learning a bit more about the products, you will watch a demonstration by the area manger and then will have to use all the products on a partner and vice versa.
Step 7: Up to the shop floor
This is where you put what you’ve learnt in the first 2 hours into practice. Be confident and polite, go up to people and you’ll be surprised how they react. In your mind, you can imagine it going really badly, but in real life the public are actually very co-operative. This stage is the most fun, you get to put into practise what you have learnt and you really feel like a member of the Benefit team.
Step 8: Formal interview
If you have been successful in the shop floor stage, then you will be asked to take part in a more formal interview with the area manager. You will be asked about what hours you can work, which areas are more suitable for you and a couple of questions about your experience. After this phase and unless told otherwise, you’ve got the job! Congratulations!
If you were unsuccessful in the interview, then take the experience as a learning curve. Be confident for the next interview and remember that you win some, you lose some and the best of luck for the future.
Step 9: Placement
At this stage, Benefit will have hired you all all that is left is for you to be placed. Your area manager should arrange with you when she will ring you and let you know. I waited 2 days, and my area manager has managed to get me a placement at a department store near my house. You will have an interview with the store, and then a training period and hopefully you should start within a week! Exciting!
My audition couldn’t have gone any better; I am over the moon with how everything went. I am so excited to work for Benefit and can’t wait to show them what I can do! I met some really lovely people and had such a nice time, regardless of whether I got the job or not. I wish you all the best of luck when applying for a job at Benefit. Have a lovely day and remember to think positive!
Hugs and kisses, Dinar xx