I just got back from my first interview – which happened to be for my favourite clothing store, Hollister.
Before I went, I had googled a load of things such as, ‘what questions are asked at Hollister interviews?’, ‘what do you wear to a Hollister interview?’, and ‘how much is plastic surgery to look like Zac Efron?’. I turned up some pretty interesting stuff, and it really helped. The thing is, most of it was written by girls, for girls. I’m a guy, so it was only helpful to an extent. I figured I’d be nice to all the guys out there who have an interview coming up at Hollister and don’t know how to prepare!
I know, I’m such a helpful person.
I’ll start by explaining how mine went, and then go into details like what to wear, etc.
I walked into Hollister about fifteen minutes before my interview was due to begin. Hollister interviews (in the UK at least) are every Tuesday and Thursday at 4pm. I find one of the models and tell them that I have an interview, and ask them where I need to go. She directs me to the ‘lounge’; in every Hollister, there are several seats by the tills, which they refer to as the lounge. I go to sit down, and breathe a sigh of relief that there only appear to be two other people in my interview with me. One of them looks completely uncomfortable in the store, and the other didn’t seem to know what a shower was, so I was feeling fairly confident as I love the brand and had made an effort.
My confidence quickly faded, howver, when I was joined by the love children of the cast of 90210 and The OC. My first thought of ‘they must work here’ was quickly banished as the manager came over, inviting us into the back, and the beautiful people sat down beside me.
When I say ‘into the back’, I mean into a long, narrow corridor that had twelve up-turned cardboard boxes at the end which we used as seats, looking at the interviewers. There were two interviewers – a manager, and an MIT (manager in training). Both of them were gorgeous, and it was hard to focus my attention on what they were saying instead of thinking about them naked.
The first question they asked was “What is your name, and a fun fact about yourself?”. This is fine, until the first person speaks. “I’m Taylor, and I used to be a model for Boss management.” Next person: “I’m Michael, and I’ve just got back from Australia having modelled swimwear for a magazine out there.”. Again, “I’m Sarah, I’ve modelled in France, Italy, and America for fashion magazines.”
Bear in mind, that I’m one of only 3 people in attendance who have never modelled in their lives – the other two being the must-be-allergic-to-showers applicants I’d seen at the beginning. My answer was something along the lines of, “My name is Tris, and a fun fact about myself is…” desperately trying to think of something interesting, “last year I gave a speech in Westminster as an ambassador for the Lessons From Auschwitz project, which aims to bring the message of the holocaust to a younger generation.”
This brought look of “are you taking the piss?” from the other applicants, whilst the interviewer seemed impressed.
Question two – “Describe Hollister in three words.” I went for beachy, sophisticated and versatile. Most people did the same – apart from one of the what-is-this-soap-you-speak-of twins, who replied with “price, size, colour.”
Question three – “How would your family or friends describe you in three words?” This time, I said “charismatic, energetic, funny.” Okay, so ‘funny’ wasn’t totally inspired, but I panicked when I realised I could only think of two. Again, my confidence was restored when don’t-get-that-shower-gel-near-me answered “driven, hard working, love my job.”
Good try, but your friends wouldn’t really describe you like that. Why would they? They’re your friends, not your colleagues. At this point, I know for sure he isn’t getting the job and my chances increase by 1.
That was the end of the interview – all we had to do was fill out a form saying if we were applying for model or impact work. I had been recruited as a model, but I ticked impact too. I don’t really mind where I get the chance to work at Hollister, as long as I work there and have their discount. That would be awesome. They also took our photos – the models posing and me grinning like an idiot. That was it, and they sent us on our way.
It was really laid-back, and they only asked like 3 questions, so if you have an interview – do not panic about it!
What to wear-
I spent ages trying to figure that out. For most jobs, a suit and tie will go down nicely. A suit and tie at Hollister will ensure you’re not hired. Wear in-season stuff, and make sure it doesn’t have some other brand written all over it (I’m looking at you, Mr my-bath-has-been-broken-for-seventeen-years, and your decision to wear Superdry to a Hollister interview. Nice.)
I wore a grey t-shirt under a plaid blue and black shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and skinny jeans. All from Hollister. I also wore vans on my feet because I couldn’t find any flipflops in their store. Most people wore the same kind of thing – so don’t go too formal.
Girls – do not wear makeup. Do you see any of the models wearing it? No. They like it natural. Wear your hair down, no nail polish, and as little make-up as possible. Guys – shave and don’t make your hair obviously styled. That’s basically the gist of what they said.
I don’t expect a phone call anytime soon, mainly down to the fact that I haven’t been a model since I popped out of my mum’s womb. With Taylor Lautner on one side of me and pre-breakdown Lyndsay Lohan on my left, I’m not entirely sure I made a lasting impression on them. Oh well.
I hope this helps anybody who has an interview with Hollister in future, but if you have any questions about anything I haven’t covered here, feel free to message me on twitter at @7R15, facebook at facebook.com/tris20two, or inbox me on my youtube channel at youtube.com/tris20two, where I’m gonna post a video about it as well at some point!