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All black. Smart but casual. Add a little dash of you into the outfit or your makeup to show you're different. For example, I wore all black, no eyeshadow, plain natural makeup with a bold red lip to make me stand out.

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Stage 1: You apply online and then if you're successful you receive an email saying that Benefit was really impressed with your application.
Stage 2: You will receive a Telephone call from a Counter Manager or someone from Head Office of Benefit. They will ask you basic questions like:
- Why Benefit Cosmetics?
- What is your favourite Benefit product and why?
- Give me a time when you have had to sell x amount of products
- What do you know about Benefit?
Stage 3: If you're successful, then you will be invited for an interview - this could be quite far from the store you're originally applying to (so be prepared to travel) You will have an interview with the Counter Manager at that store and they basically reiterate what questions they asked you over the phone, but get a feel for what sort of person you are and whether your character suits what they're looking for.
Stage 4: Audition - this consists of being shown products that you will use on the customers (usually the best sellers). You will be asked to Traffic Stop as many Customers as you can. It's not as scary as it looks (just be confident) . A good way of approaching the Customer is asking whether they'd like a free makeover (most don't ever say no) so this is a good start.
Stage 5: Store Approval - you have another meeting with the Counter Manager at the store you have applied to, to discuss what sort of hours you're looking for (Part Time/Full Time) and they ask you more questions such as:
- What do you think is expected of you in this role?
- How would you make sure you reach Sales targets?
- What do you know about Debenhams? (If you're applying to a Benefit Counter in Debenhams/Boots etc)
- What approach would you take when traffic stopping customers?

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Well ask ĺots of questions of what they expect you to do and be friendly and try to fit in as you want to be part of them

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30% discount online every month

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Previous beauty experience is not required

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I think you have to be 16 and over to work on a Make-up counter not just benefit.

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Gratis products when new products get released

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When you first start you’re given your t-shirts and a few bits of makeup to get started as you have to wear their makeup everyday on the counter. Once you’ve been there 3 months you will be given an allocation twice a year depending if you’re full time or part time depends how much you get. Either £150 or £200. You will also get discount for the store that you are in but that varies depending on department store. You also get 50p commission per item you sell and per service that you give e.g. Brow Wax.

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