Friday, 10 August 2012

How to get a Job at Benefit Cosmetics (UK)

Renowned make-up brand Benefit cosmetics have been very popular for many years due to their amazing quality, 'quick-fix' products. Although i have not worked for them before, i have spent numerous hours researching how to get that job and what the benefits are available to reap! So.. sit back with your marshmellow cocoa and allow your pedicure to dry ladies as you read on and find out all the important info under this one page.

Firstly, you must understand what the job entails.

Working on the counter means you must be superclean and be prepared to multi-task as you try products on customers; ensuring you put lids back on bottles and prevent foundation getting all over that squeaky clean white packaging!

As with any other retail work; you must restock!
After researching, this is a part most workers do not enjoy! However, it must be done! just think of that 2% commission and the free makeup every autum and spring! you must wear promotional accessories such as banners, hats ribbons and badges. As ridiculous as it may feel, it must be done!

Another oh-so-daunting task for the less confident candidates is traffic stopping. My research shows that workers have targets to meet each day and must thus drag potential customers- or force them into even becoming a potential customer- from the shop floor! Be prepared to play dirty as you try to steal customers before they reach rival concession counters!

Last but not least, most reviewers have suggested the following is very cringy, uncomfortable and unatural! However, I- from experience- can say that all is not as bad as appears!- Their Catchphrases! Each product has certain sentances that you must say when demonstrating the product to a customer! I.e ... 'We refer to this as Supermodel in a bottle' and 'So after i have just given you the benefit experience which product cant you live without!' Lines like that.. nothing major.. im sure you would get used to it after a while!

SO.. you still want to work for benefit ? (Which you probably do seeing as they're great!)

Go online and fill out an online application form. If you dont hear from them keep doing it as they are likely to have vacancies frequently as they have a high employee turnover.

If there is an available vacancy, you will recieve a telephone call telling you they want to have a telephone intervew. If you have read this before then do it at the time as i will make you super-ready! If not.. reschedule as there is research involved.

They will ask questions such as 'What do you already know about benefit?' so here you will answer something like ' It was started by the Ford Twins in San Fransisco. They are popular due to their quick 'fix it' products and funky packaging.' Then you might be asked another general question or two. The person will then ask 'Do you know any products?' Here you're just basically name dropping- i.e moon beam, sun beam, full beam, Dr feel good.' Finally, you will be asked 'Why do you want to work for benefit?' Something simple yet truthful like ' Because I love their products!' will suffice!

(Information on the Benefit history and products are all available on the Benefit Cosmetics website.)

If you are successful.. which you should be as its easy-peasy, you will be invited to an audition day!

You will be required to wear black! You should also make sure you are well groomed in order to make a great impression.

On the day you will begin by being shown how to traffic stop, and thus have a go yourself.
You will then be shown how the products are used and are given a chance to practice on each other!
this wont effect the makeup you already have on it will just top it up!

Ok so now you're ready to get onto the shop floor and do it for real!

Around 5 customers would be sufficient! The important thing is to get the customers to come with you to the counter and try the products on them, the amount of sales are not as important but it will help if you do sell units!

This lasts around 3-4 hours

next, you have an interview!

Questions involve things such as why you want to work there, past work situations when you've had to help someone, when you've delt with difficult customers, how you deal with rush-hour/ having lots of tasks and little time etc. Just general questions like that!

Then if you've got the job you can sit back and reap the rewards!

You get every new product that comes out, £150 free product voucher for Part Timers and £200 for full timers! This happens twice a year, around autumn and spring!
Salary also varies between around £6.40- £7.something with 2% commission!

And that is all for today beauts! If you have any further questions or stories feel free to leave a comment!


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