As a manager of a thriving upscale salon, I’ve interviewed a lot of candidates for salon positions. The great thing about our salon is we are always hiring. That’s right, we don’t wait for a position to open up in order to add talent to our team. Here is some insight into how you can be the candidate who aces their interview and lands the job at a salon!
YOUR RESUME SHOULD BE FLAWLESS
…and I mean FLAWLESS. Think of your resume as a paper representation of yourself. Salons receive handfuls of resumes at a time and if yours does not impress, you won’t get the opportunity to interview. Resumes should look professional and be easy to follow. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors are unacceptable. Have a few friends review your resume if grammar is not your strong suit. Trust me, if your resume is sloppy, I will question if your work is just as careless.
Make your resume an authentic representation of you and your skill set. This is your space to brag about yourself, your experience, or your career objectives. Relate past job experiences to the position you are looking to attain. Customer service experience is a plus, even if it is not related to the beauty industry. If you don’t have much previous experience, ask your mentors for written letters of recommendation. Instructors, previous employers, and coaches are great references.
You’ve heard it before, but you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. How you present yourself at an interview has a huge impact on whether you will get the job (especially in the beauty industry!) Your hair and makeup should be stylish and you should be dressed to impress. No jeans, no Uggs, no flip flops. (You’d be surprised at what some people wear!) If you’d wear it to a club, you probably shouldn’t wear it to an interview. If you are questioning what is appropriate to wear, ask your parents for their opinion.
PREPARE QUESTIONS TO ASK AT YOUR INTERVIEW
Interviews are a chance for you to make sure that the company is right for you as well. When you ask questions during the interview, it shows me that you are prepared and have done your research. Having a hard time thinking of questions? Take a few minutes to think about what is important to you in an employer. Ask questions that you truly want to know the answers to. Maybe you are interested in education benefits, or a mentoring relationship with leadership. Maybe you want to know the opportunities for growth or the longevity of the staff. It isn’t bad to write down your questions either. It shows that you are prepared and interested in being well-informed.
Your questions should be sincere, relevant, and intelligent. Don’t ask questions just for the sake of asking questions. Be careful not to ask questions you could have found out by doing a little research on the company, or that have no relevance to you getting the job.