Well, I have been looking for a job to supplement my income and help me until I finally have built my business up and have full-time money. So, I put in an application for Bare Minerals because they were on Craigslist saying they were hiring. Their application is a general online application that doesn't say for what store or anything, you just fill out the information, and they say they will contact you. So, I did that and it was for the "Beauty Ambassador" position which is to work at the makeup counter/and or boutique. I filled it out weeks and weeks ago, and heard nothing.
Finally got a call last week from the manager at the makeup counter for Bare Escentuals in Macy's at a local mall near me. Said she received my application via fax from her HR department, and would be interested in having me come in for an interview. We set an interview for a couple days later for noon. I got there around 11:30 because I wanted to get there early to show that I was a dependable employee that shows up on time for work because I really wanted this job, I thought it would be cool to have because I am a makeup artist, and love makeup and although Bare Escentuals isn't MAC as far as makeup artistry goes, I figured it would be cool to be able to work in the mall, meet people, help them feel good about themselves and get the discount because I do use Bare Minerals!
So, I met with the girl, we went into the mall on one of the couches to sit because there is no privacy at the counter to do an interview. We interviewed for about 1 hour but that has a lot to do with the fact we clicked and were really talking as friends by the end. She asked questions like what do I see myself doing with the company, why did I apply at Bare Escentuals, etc. She explained to me that Bare Escentuals is into a make-under, not a make-over. She said that Bare Escentuals will do a demonstration on half of your face, showing you about the product and teaching you, and then letting you do the other half, so that the customer will not only be able to obviously buy the product but also leave knowing how to use it. She said Bare Escentuals is very big on "the girlfriend experience" and that means when a customer approaches to treat them how you would treat a friend, and to be very warm and friendly with them and make them feel comfortable like they are with a friend and treat them basically how you would want to be treated. Being as though I am the definition of "girlfriend experience", I knew this would be no problem, because people ALWAYS tell me how they feel like they've known me forever, and it's so easy to talk to me, etc etc. I'm a very warm and friendly person right off the bat, and I'm always smiling, but not oversmily where you want to punch me in the fact, but I don't have an ice queen demeanor and not smile and just stare at you, that's what I'm saying
Anyway, she explained that Bare Escentuals employee's do not work on commission, that we get paid a higher hourly rate, but we do have goals and quota we are expected to meet. So, the interview went really well and she said that she had other people to interview but if they are interested in me, she would be calling me back for a second interview with either a regional manager or the counter manager of Macy's. She said they would not call back unless they were interested. The interview was on Friday, and it was now Wednesday and I heard nothing, I got nervous but I figured if that is God's will, then it is. I tried to call over there actually but there was a problem with Macy's have the wrong extension for Bare Escentuals and I called and got 2 other makeup counters and kept getting bounced around and finally got Bare Escentuals and it was busy. So, I figured it was a sign and said forget it!
I got a call from Bare Escentuals on Thursday saying that she was very interested and she would like to schedule an interview with the Regional Manager, but it would be a phone interview. I asked how does that all work, and she said she would just call and ask a couple questions, basically to feel out my personality and give her input to her, and she said that she, herself basically is the one who makes the decision on hiring me, she said the Regional Manager is just another ear and brain to pick for an opinion. Spoke w/the Regional and she asked similiar questions, and a couple different company type questions and we had a friendly talk as well, spoke for about 20 mins, and she said I would be hearing from someone soon.
So, that day and night passed with no call, finally got a call from her, offering me the job! I went in later that day and filled out the new hire paperwork and I asked her how did she make her decision and how many people did she interview, she said she interviewed about 10 people but she said as soon as she met me, she knew she was going to pick me, and she had interviewed some fabulous people but she said I was always in the back of her mind! She then said that even if I didn't get the job there for some reason that when I came in for the interview that manager from the Lancome counter who I was chatting with very shortly while waiting to start the interview, I was asking her about some skin care products, she inquired about me and said that she wanted to hire me if I couldn't work there! LOL The girl from Bare Escentuals was like, I told her that I had you first and that you were mine! I was like LOL!
So, I start in a week, the paperwork has to get sent to San Franciso where their HQ is at and I have to get an employee number, and then I have to go thru register training with Macys for 2 days, and then I can start there. I am only part time which is 10-15 hours a week, and I got started at 10/hr. She said there is plenty of oppurtunity to advance at that company, she is looking to become a regional herself and she said she was basically looking for someone to eventually replace her and she said she feels that I have the right attitude and she would eventually see me taking over her position. The company does offer benefits and a 401k as well, even to part timers. We get 50% off of all products, and you did not need makeup experience to work there, a sales background was helpful. They do all the teaching though because their products are different then traditional makeup products. I also have to attend a 2 day seminar which is in another state and she said although some people drive there back and forth for the two days and it is feasible for me to drive there because its about an hour, she said she has connections and would get Bare Escentuals to put me up in a hotel for the one night.
So, that's my long as hell review and experience! And here are some items she threw at me last night cuz I said I wanted to buy some new makeup (foundation) because I've been breaking out like crazy from more than likely the airbrush makeup or primer I'm using and I want to go back to mineral makeup for now cuz I know I don't break out from it.. So, she said well don't buy anything! I will give you samples to hold you over for a week! So, she gave me foundation, blemish therapy and let me pick a eyeshadow and a blush, and she also gave me this cool lipgloss on a keychain type thing! I have a picture of the foundation, the brush and the lipgloss. The brush is adorable and it's soft! The other things were just in the small sample container just like the foundation, but I got to pick the blush/shadow colors right off the display.