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Sephora Interview Process Expert Guide: Questions & Tips for Success


2/24/2023 • 6:55:32 AM

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Sephora Interview Process Expert Guide: Questions & Tips for Success

Discover the secrets to success in the Sephora interview and hiring process. Read on for an expert guide filled with practical questions and advice.

Sephora is a powerhouse beauty company featuring over 340 different brands (alongside their own) in the realm of cosmetics, skincare, body, fragrance, nail colour, beauty tools, body lotions, and hair care products.

Sephora has also been pioneering the digital landscape since 1999, where it first launched its mega successful e-commerce website.  In 2022, Sephora also announced a partnership with SaaS commerce platform commercetools, indicating a huge push towards growing its ecommerce presence in the following years to come.

Sephora regularly posts vacant roles on their site for opportunities at their company, but getting hired is a different story. While having a great CV can get you far in getting hired, this EcomPortal feature will run you through the interview process for Sephora and what you can expect when you apply.

Sephora Hiring Process Overview

The Sephora hiring process consists of different interviews with their team members depending on the role you're applying for, followed by a background check to identify your past work experience.

Step 1: Applying

Where Can I Apply For A Job At Sephora?

Sephora often posts job vacancies across their website which you can find here They also regularly posts on their Linkedin account available here here. Lastly, you can also find jobs available on EcomPortal by Sephora like this one here

Is It Hard To Get Hired By Sephora?

Overall, it depends on the position you are applying for. Candidates across different job positions rated the interview experience as a 65% positive experience. Simple roles like a Seasonal Cashier are easy to get hired for, whereby Digital Marketing Expert or Beauty Advisor/Consultant can take a lot more work & have greater difficulty

Step 2: Interview Process

How Long Does It Take To Hear Back From Sephora After Applying?

For in-store positions it can be less than a week. Sometimes managers can take up to 2 months, depending on the season and the urgency of the role needed that you applied for. If they think you’d be a good fit for the role, Sephora will schedule an interview with you

What Do You Need To Know To Get Hired By Sephora?

Considering Sephora is a beauty company - knowledge about makeup, skin care, beauty, and cosmetics is definitely a must. You’ll get loads of questions asking about your knowledge about these domains. Don’t get lost in thinking your appearance is what will be important to get you hired - Sephora is very inclusive and does not factor  any type of self expression. Everyone is welcome

Additionally, it would help to know their values and company culture. This way, when speaking to them in the interview, you can align with their views and show that you know what their mission is and your here to contribute towards that mission

Do You Need Experience To Get Hired By Sephora?

Sephora typically looks at personality and interests in beauty for in-store roles - as most employees will go through the typical training to be able to perform the role. For manager positions, a lot of experience is required for the role your applying for.

How Long Is The Interview Process For A Management Position? What About An In-Store Position?

A management position can sometimes require 2-3 interviews with different team members to see if you’ll work well with the team. This can last about 1 month. For an in-store interview, such as for a job like Cashier or Beauty Advisor, this would typically only take 1 interview to hear back.

Step 3: Getting Hired

How Long Does It Take To Hear Back From Sephora About A Job?

On average, from getting accepted for an interview to actually getting a formal offer can take around 18-20 days.

If this is for a management position, it can take longer as they’ll want you to meet different parts of the management team to see if you’d be a good fit.

What Happens When I Get Hired By Sephora?

Typically - they’ll reach out to you extending a formal offer to join the company based on the role that you applied for. They’ll also state the salary for that role and the job requirements and responsibilities so you can become clear on what to expect working for them