Visit the salon’s website and social media channels (Like and follow them), gives an introduction to your potential future colleagues. Also, the environment and the kind of clients they are attracting. Is it in a high-end mall or neighbourhood mall? Services and specialties? What professional products do they use? The more information you have, the more confident you will be.
Dress to Impress
Dress for the career you want. In this industry, your appearance has to send the right message. Show up with nicely polished nails, styled hair, and makeup that are well-done and appropriate. Wear neat and professional clothes. Choose comfortable over flashy and make sure your whole outfit says that you can look great, but still work hard.
Be on time; 10-15 minutes earlier will be ideal for giving you time to calm down and put yourself together before the interview begins. Inform the reception you are aware that you are a few minutes earlier, so you are happy to wait. Do not show up more than 15 minutes prior. Your interviewer might be busy, and you do not want to make them feel the rush or that you are interrupting them.
In the unfortunate event that you will be late, call (instead of text), apologise and explain why you will be delayed. Your reason for being late better be justifiable; otherwise, you will leave a terrible impression even before the interview started.
Bring extra copies of your résumé and your certifications. You might meet with more than one interviewer, so arrive prepared with additional copies. Bring a small notepad and pen to take notes; it demonstrates you’re serious about the job and will be taken seriously.
“Why do you want to work here?” “Why should I hire you?” “What are you looking for in a salon?” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?” These are the most common questions you will get. So practice mock interviews with someone you can trust. Get their honest opinion about the following aspect of your presentation: appearance, resume, posture, handshake, and verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Maybe even video yourself to see what your interviewer sees.
A good interview should be a two-way conversation. Other than your potential employer asking questions about you and your skills, you need to prepare questions to ask your potential employer. Questions about the position, colleagues, and culture of the company to find out if this job is the right fit for you. Read Questions to Ask in a Job Interview.
It is always best to be yourself, sell yourself humbly yet confidently. When you got a tricky question like, ‘What is your worst shortcoming?’, be honest about it but show that you are willing to work hard and learn.
Lastly, it is normal to be nervous. You can keep calm by talking slower and demonstrate confident by establishing eye contact and most importantly, be prepared. Good luck!