How to nail your beauty therapist interview

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It’s finally here: the day you get to start your beauty career. All that hard work is about to pay off! Now it’s time to ace those job interviews, and show your potential future bosses what you’re made of. Make sure you do yourself proud and let them know all about your skills and passions by doing a little interview prep first.


We’ve picked out four classic questions you’re likely to be asked, and outlined the information about yourself that you’ll need to have at your manicured fingertips ready to share.  

Remember: it’s all about finding solutions, not problems. Always be positive, and let your interviewer know how you can benefit the salon. That is, ultimately, what they’ll want to know. Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn - it can feel awkward, but it’s important you let people know just how good you are!  


1. “Tell me about yourself.”

This sounds like a pretty big question - where do you start? With the big holiday you’ve got coming up; your love of cycling; the fact that you’ve seen Step Up more times than you can count? I’ll stop you right there. This is a much simpler question than it seems. What your interviewer is really asking is: tell me why you’d benefit my salon. So, save the personal stuff for your friends, and explain clearly, quickly and confidently what sets you apart from the competition. What’s your USP (unique selling point)? What are your key professional skills? Think timekeeping, teamwork, upselling and more, as well as your beauty abilities.  


2. “Why should we hire you?”

That’s a tricky question. But don’t let it trip you up. What they’re really asking here is, “why is it in our best interest to have you working for us?” Don’t be shy - now’s the time why you’ll be an asset to the team. In your answer, you could consider things like: having a strong work ethic, great with time management, being a quick learner and understanding the importance of impressive customer service.  


3. “What was the best job you’ve ever had, and why?”

Think about your previous roles, and the skills you learned that could transfer to a beauty therapist career. If you’ve worked behind a bar, you could share that you enjoyed giving great customer service under pressure; if you’ve worked at a restaurant, perhaps you loved making sure each dish looked its best before being served. You just need to demonstrate that, based on your past experience, you’re likely to shine when working at their salon.  


This is the moment you’ve been waiting for: your interviewer is asking you to tell them why you’re great, and why they should hire you! So, tell them what you can offer their salon, and don’t hold back. Make sure you have a list of your top five salon-related qualities ready to go, then explain them as concisely as you can.   Got any great interview tips and tricks you'd like to share? Get in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

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