true colours: my lululemon story



lululemon on robson street

I never applied to work for lululemon. In fact, I was actually going to a job interview at a local restaurant, dressed to impress, when I stopped into my neighborhood store and my world turned on its axis. I had just achieved a big life goal: “I leave the security of suburbia and move into the big bad city before my twentieth birthday.” (Attention please: my goal is SMART. Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out GOALTENDER.) My favorite groove pants apparently did not share my vision of moving into Vancouver’s West End and they got lost in transition. I decided to replace them on the way to my interview. The Robson location was busy as usual, and I casually wandered through the bustling sea of tourists and locals.

Ananda was waiting for me at the pant wall and we became instant friends – she was incredibly helpful and had an infectious personality. I told her that I wished that I could come to work in flip-flops and comfy pants, not the impending pencil skirts and heels.

“You can!” she exclaimed, as she took my hand and boldly escorted me to the front of the store to meet the manager. Hilarious. Only at lululemon. We had an on-the-spot interview, and I was invited to attend a group interview that week.

Fast-forward to the big day:
I was well-versed in my interview responses.
I picked out a nice outfit – and hooray! no heels included.
I planned my bus route and made sure that I had enough time to arrive EARLY.

To my dismay, the good people running the buses that fateful day were behind the eight ball. This, combined with my total lack of knowledge for the city’s streets, successfully made me twenty minutes late for my interview. It was the grossest feeling. I felt like I lost before I even got my chance.The whole interview was a fantastic blur of ingenuity - nothing like I had ever experienced - but I don’t really remember anything except the gut-rot I felt for being late. When it was over, I think I apologized five times to the girls hosting the interview.

“Life is full of setbacks. Success is determined by how you handle setbacks.” The thing about being put in a challenging situation is that it brings out your true colors. I didn’t feel like a confident Chili red; instead I was more like a sedated Sand, but they liked what they saw, and I got the job! My journey has had some interesting ups and downs in the five years I have been with the company, which I look forward to sharing with you. I continue to challenge myself, and continue to realize some really amazing goals along the way. (This includes meeting the man of my dreams - stay tuned for that one.)

elissa at the gec in warrior pose

If you are considering an opportunity with us – GO FOR IT! If you want to pick my brain and hear more about my time with lululemon, EMAIL me (Attn: Elissa at gec@lululemon.com). I’m happy to be your personal cheerleader. My first advice nugget to all you ladies and gentlemen out there getting ready for an interview? Don’t wear heels.

elissa at the gec

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Hi. I live in Winter Park, FL (an Orlando neighborhood). I loved your story and thank you for sharing. Once upon a time we had a Lululemon showroom here which up and vanished about 7 months ago. Everyone in our community has missed it and it’s energy. I would love to know if your company has any plans to bring a store back to our community? If not on Park Avenue in Winter Park, but perhaps in one of our malls? Personally I feel that Lululemon needed more street exposure to the foot traffic. There are still so many people who have never heard of your company and products, and yet I know of people in my yoga and dances classes that were completely unaware of a showroom ever existing here. I proud go to all of my classes decked out in my Lululemon workout gear and have everyone ask where I buy my clothes. Hmmm? When I tell them, they all say if there was a store here, they would go and buy some cool stuff. A few weeks ago I got a chance to go to Chicago and I visited your store at the 900 Michigan shops. Being so deperate to get into one of your stores, I dragged my husband with me and was in the store for over 2 1/2 hours deciding on what I was going to get. So many options. He even decided to buy a pair of the workout shorts which he loves. So 10.25% on tax later, we ended up leaving with 2 bags full of clothes. I couldn’t wait to get home to start wearing them to my classes! I am a proud “ambassador” of Lululemon even though I have never worked there. Just thought I would let you know how much I enjoy your products. Please bring a store to us here in Central Florida! We need it.

Thanks,
Teresa L. Terrell

Comment by Teresa L. Terrell — October 2, 2009 @ 12:54 am


Hi Teresa! I’m so glad you had the chance to slip into a store while you were in Chicago! I will pass your requests on to our Store Development team right away. Enjoy the sun in Florida! :)

Comment by Elissa Joy — October 2, 2009 @ 4:02 pm


Thank you for another great post.
I look forward to many more entries with high quality info.
I’m a marketer myself and your information always seems to get my business brain going!!

Comment by Realtor — October 4, 2009 @ 1:09 pm


Teresa,

I noticed on the website there will be a store opening in Premium Outlets in Orlando. I found out it is not open yet but will be in a few weeks. There was a temporary showroom in Winter Park, but closed recently. Hope this helps!
Tricia

Comment by Tricia — October 4, 2009 @ 8:58 pm


I want to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to the superstars who have recently joined the lululemon team! Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your journey. It’s been so fun having heaps of new pen-pals. Good luck in your new roles! – elissa joy

Comment by Elissa Joy — October 19, 2009 @ 3:58 pm


Hi, I just wanted to know what kind of clothes I should wear to a Lululemon interview? Is sportswear/Nike acceptable? or maybe dressier Shirt/Slacks?

Comment by David — May 11, 2010 @ 12:37 am


Teresa-

We have opened our doors again in Winter Park! We are located at 751 N. Orange Ave sandwhiched between Legacy Fitness and the Winter Park Fish Company. Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you in there soon :)

Namaste ~ Chelsie

Comment by Chelsie — August 14, 2010 @ 8:16 am


Good Job Teresa! You must have done something really good in your life that you are getting all those blessings. I can see how happy you are with your job, with the smile on your pictures. :-) Keep being positive and share it with the people around you!

Cheers,
Natalie Loopbaanadvies

Comment by Natalie Loopbaanadvies — November 27, 2010 @ 9:39 am


Hi Elissa! I have a group interview coming up at one of the Chicago Locations and was wondering what to wear! I was also invited to a Group Boot Camp with the store scheduled for the hour up until the interview. Is it appropriate to wear my athletic gear to the group interview (it is immediately after Boot Camp), or do you suggest I bring I change of clothes? If so, what would you recommend? Thank You!

Anna

Comment by Anna — May 18, 2011 @ 3:18 pm


Hi there!

I am trying desperately to get a job with Lulu. I have applied and gone in to the store multiple times to chat with the girls and guys that are there. I feel like I am doing everything that I can to get noticed. I get along with them all the time and feel at home when I am in there.
I am wondering what I could possibly do different to get an interview! I really want to work at the Santa Monica store and I have been waiting for 2 years. I originally applied almost 2 years ago but heard nothing, so I looked at my application and made some changes and re applied hoping that would work.
The only ONLY thing I do not have on my side is work experience, but I just know I can do it if only SOMEONE would give me a chance. I am 27 and have yet to be hired for a job on my own. I am a passionate person and I love to work and would love for someone to take a chance on me.
Do you have any advice for someone who desperately wants to work just for the experience? I would do it for free!

thanks!

Comment by LaurenRae — March 6, 2012 @ 1:53 am


Hi Lauren Rae,

It’s great to hear your enthusiasm for our local stores! While I don’t know the specifics of what their team is looking for, I would recommend connecting with your local community. You can also look up their local Ambassadors and join them in a sweat session too: http://www.lululemon.com/community/ambassadors?mnid=mn;community;ambassadors#

~ Siya
GEC Online Community

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — March 6, 2012 @ 12:23 pm


Hi,
I loved your story! I want to work for lululemon and I hope I will get that opportunity. I live in between two showrooms and I visit them both on a regular basis. I find myself out of work right now and have decided I want to take a different career path. I want to do something that inspires me and I have a passion for. I was glad to hear that someone else made the transition from corporate pencil skirts to the Power Y succesfully !!

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