Help Me Recruit You into Mary Kay

Here’s a little recruiting questionnaire that a Mary Kay consultant is supposed to use to “get to know you better.” The truth is that it’s really meant for her to find out what you “hot buttons” are so she can manipulate you as much as possible.

Are you in need of some time with adults? She’ll play on that. Does your car need some expensive repairs? You’ll hear all about the money (mostly non-existent, but why let the truth get in the way). Want to make your family proud of you? Guilt trip from her about how you should be making them proud.

You get the picture… Notice especially the husband manipulation that is being set up. 

  • What is your marital status?
  • Do you have children?
  • Names & Ages:
  • What does your Husband do?
  • How does he feel about your Working?
  • Do you consult your Husband before making every decision?
  • Have you ever worked outside your home?
  • If yes,, in what capacity?
  • When was that and for how long?
  • Why did you choose to stop working outside the home?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
  • What do you consider your strongest personal qualities?
  • Are there any other personal qualities you would like to cultivate?
  • Are you financially independent, or could you use some extra income?
  • What would you do with an extra $5,000?
  • Is your personal income important to you?
  • Three questions, ______________Tell me what immediately pops into your head:
    • What do you want right now, more than anything?
    • What do you need right now, more than anything?
    • What do you value right now, more than anything?
  • If you could customize an ideal career, built around you and your family, what qualities would it have?


  1. Sheesh. Under no circumstances would I complete that questionnaire. That is completely none of their business. Besides, if this was a real interview with a real company, those questions would be grounds for a discrimination lawsuit.

    • The first six questions are blatant violations of federal employment law.

      Of course, that never bothered Mary Kay.

      • And there’s the genius of MK designating everyone as an independent contractor. The company doesn’t employ or interview anyone to become an IBC. Each person signs up on her own and takes on all liability. MK gets off scot free.

      • Actually, it is not illegal to ask about age, marital status, etc. It is illegal to base a hiring decision on those factors, so many employers don’t ask them (because, otherwise, it is easier for someone who is not hired to scream discrimination).

        As Mary Kay doesn’t (legally they are independent contractors) hire them, there is no violation of federal law.

        However, why they are asking the questions is obviously unethical (but not illegal).

        • An employer who asks such questions without a clear business purpose risks being sued.

          From the EEOC website:
          “Although state and federal equal opportunity laws do not clearly forbid employers from making pre-employment inquiries that relate to, or disproportionately screen out members based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, or age, such inquiries may be used as evidence of an employer’s intent to discriminate unless the questions asked can be justified by some business purpose.”

    • I was asked question one and two in my corporate interview with Mary Kay Corporate. I knew they were illegal but I wanted the job so I chose to answer.

  2. If I were to fill out the 3 questions with the first thing that pops in my head, it would be a Butterfinger. Knowing what I know now, I would love to get the chance to fill one of these out with completely BS answers. The only thing that would be truthful at this point is, I want a Butterfinger, I need a Butterfinger and if I had one, I would value it. Or at least for the few seconds before I ate it.

  3. “Is your personal income important to you?” No. It’s not. Here…take all my money.

    There’s no such thing as a stupid question…until Mary Kay!!

  4. Wow. It just keeps getting better and better…by now, you’d think that the dirty business of emotional exploitation we have already exposed in mary kay would be cause to tone it down a bit.

  5. I think that line of “marketing” is so wrong, it is deceitful and I hate it. People really believe these people want to get to know them and it’s really all about money. I hate it.

  6. Sadly the whole design of this company is to go after mostly females. Most of us would never want to believe that a company with mostly female consultants would exploit us. How is it possible that hundreds of women, at NSD meetings, conferences, retreats and finally Seminar would lie to each other? How could all these women have lied so much and for 50 + years to themselves and each other? At seminar I sensed the evil, I heard the subtle warnings from the stage and all around me. I sensed it in MK’s autobiography and when directors quit right after seminar.

  7. The consultants try so hard to make Mary Kay appear as if it’s a professional business. But its not. Stay at home mom making big wig executive income. Please! Ive discovered how easy it is to manipulate people to get your way thanks to MK
    I hope a potential new recruit sees this phony script and decides MK is not in her best interest. A real career would never ask you these questions to identify your weaknesses and use them against you.

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