Lush | Group Interview and Trial Shift Experience + Tips

Whilst I was in Hong Kong, Through Lush in Nottingham's Facebook page, I've found out that they was hiring for a Christmas Temp job...

Whilst I was in Hong Kong, Through Lush in Nottingham's Facebook page, I've found out that they was hiring for a Christmas Temp job. Being a Lush's addict, I really wanted this job because I love their products and I really wouldn't mind the 50% off staff discount. So, if you are looking work for Lush. I would suggest you following your local Lush's Facebook page

CV and Cover Letter
After googling some ideas about what to put in the cover letter. I sent in my CV and cover letter to their email address. Although, I would say that my cover letter is very different from my normal cover letter because it contains a lot of enthusiasm about Lush as a brand and it is probably not as 'professional' as if I were applying for a 'real job'. Then again, Lush isn't seen as one of those 'serious' company. They are more open-minded about who they hire; appearance wise. So, don't be afraid to be a little bit out there on your application but I don't think you have to go as far as getting dressed up and go into the shop to apply or writing them a song (I've read that some people actually did this).
Surprisingly, a few days after I sent in my application. I heard back from Lush asking me to come in for a group interview. I prepared for my interview by doing something very similar to this... I watched YouTube videos and read blog posts about other people's experience. Which I thought was very helpful because I didn't really know what to expect from a Lush's interview as people keeps saying that it would be very different. 

What To Wear
On the day of the interview, I've decided to dress fairly formally (navy blue knee length dress with black tights and nude flats). Even though, majority of the people were dressed informally with their fairly casual clothes. I guess Lush doesn't really care about what people wear to the interview, but my advice would be to wear something smart but don't go over to top and wear a suit to the interview because this is not your typical office job. Having said that I think that this job interview is not that different from your typical job interview. Sure, it has its quirks but a Lush job interview is still a job interview, so you still need to say and do the right things, obviously. 

Group Interview
At the group interview, there were about 10 of us, all fairly young (from 16 to mid-20) and we all sat around in half circle whilst the person in charge talk to us about what we were going to be doing in that hour and a bit about Lush as a company. I thought the person in charge was really nice and bubbly, I guess she is a clear example of what kind of person Lush wants. 

Personality
We began with a little exercise that reminds me of companies team building exercise that I saw in American's TV shows. You have to draw an animal that you personally identify with and explain to the group why you pick that animal, something that I honestly didn't prepare a good answer for and my drawing looked shockingly bad. We went around and talked about our animal of choice. The drawing wasn't the main focus, I think they just wanted to know what kind of person you are. Two people answered unicorn because they are unique..., although any answer with loving to work in a team would be considered a good answer. Companies love that. 

Sales
After that, we each got given a Lush product and we were told to come up with a way to sell and recommend this product to a customer in 30 seconds. You will be very lucky if you get given a product that you've used before or something with a label. I, on the other hand, was given a bar of soap that I have never used before but it wasn't that difficult to sell a bar of soap so I just used my basic knowledge about the ingredients that I can see and told them what the smell of the soap reminded me of. They seems to really like that part.

Team Work
We were separated into 3 groups of 3-4 and we were given a banana to peel. The girls in my group, didn't know how to peel banana (bless them). I peeled the banana, then we were told to cut the banana into 4 pieces (you can do this however you like). After that, we were told to put the banana back together to make it looks as 'banana-ly' as possible. Again, you can do this however you want, you get given some sellotape, ribbons, rubber bands, paper clips etc. The point isn't how the banana looks. They just wanted to see how you work in a team, so be to nice, make sure to get everyone involved and listen to suggestions from your team members. 

Then that was it for the interview. I originally thought that I wouldn't be contacted to come in for the trial shift because I thought I didn't do that well in the animal drawing part but they contacted me to come in anyway.  Don't forget to follow my blog on BlogLovin'. Any questions regarding my group interview experience is welcomed :)

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