There are nearly 700 retail store locations for Hot Topic with locations in all 50 states including Puerto Rico. In addition to that it is estimated that there are over 10,000 job descriptions and titles at Hot Topic. With so many locations and such a large workforce it should be easy to get a job. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is actually more difficult than one would think to get a job at Hot Topic. Top help, here are a few tips on how to get hired at Hot Topic.
For a job as a sales associate it is always best to try and talk with the store manager first and not just fill out an online application. There are so many job applications coming through each and every day that your particular application may not get noticed or stand out from the rest. The company is very relationship oriented so having a conversation with a store manager can certainly give a person a leg up in possibly getting hired.
Once a job application form has been filled out the next part is the wait. It can take a few days for a store manager to get back to you and notify you of their decision. If a few days has passed and there has been no word then it is perfectly ok to contact the store manager and inquire about the status of your application. Chances are they have just been too busy and have not had a chance to make a decision yet.
Once a decision has been made the next step is the interview process. Never show up to an interview unprepared. Not only does this give the wrong impression to the interviewer but it can also lead providing answers that were unintended. Always go over all of the information that was given in your resume and job application. The interviewer may ask certain questions about the answers you provided. It is also wise to think about some of the situational questions. You may be asked questions about what you would do if you saw a customer or another employee do something or if you were presented with another situation.
Appropriate attire is also very important to getting hired at Hot Topic. Pay attention to how the current sales associates or other employees of Hot Topic dresses. It is best to dress in this same work attire as if you were showing up for your first day on the job. For corporate level and management jobs the dress attire may need to be a little formal. Typically business casual dress is perfectly alright for a job interview at Hot Topic.
Always provide clear responses to all of the interview questions. Make sure that the interviewer can understand every word spoken. Present your answers in a courteous fashion and be respectful of the interviewer. This will give the interviewer an indication of how you might respond in front of a customer. Finally, when the interview is over, always be sure to thank the interviewer for their time.