As a recent graduate from beauty school, job interviews can seem quite daunting. When just getting your start & applying for new career opportunities, job interviews may seem even more of a challenge since all other candidates have the same basic qualifications, making it feel a bit difficult to stand out from the rest.
As new talent in the beauty industry, you may not be able to anticipate the unexpected, what questions interviewers will ask, what kind of answers they desire, or what the interview process will be like as a whole. It’s ok; take a breath & know you are certainly not alone. At some point, we’ve all been there! We’ve put together the list below to help remove some of the mystery of the interview process so that you can prepare for success:
Research the Job & the Company
First and foremost, make sure you do your homework. Put your FBI-level Google search skills to good use & find out as much as possible about the position and the company that you’re interviewing with. Go through their website so that you have an idea of their mission and values, what their work culture is like, the salon style/environment, etc.
You also need to know the job description of the position you are applying for – your roles and responsibilities, who you will be working with, who you need to report to, and more. This knowledge forges an idea of what to expect during your interview.
Uncover What They Want to Know
Every industry has a set of commonly-asked interview questions. The professional beauty industry is no different. Get to work discovering what questions may be asked, such as “Why do you want to work for our company/salon?” or “What are your plans for the future?”.
Usually, interviews ask personal questions that can help them get to know you better as a person, so be prepared to answer such questions. For more practice, check out our BCN practice interview questions featured in the weekly newsletter.
How Will You Add Value to the Team?
Often, candidates tend to focus on how they can benefit if they get the job rather than focusing on how the company or salon would merit. It is critical that you frame your answers in such a way that the interviewers are informed on how you can add value to the company. Highlight what you can bring to the table that other candidates cannot.
Know Your Strengths & Weaknesses
When you make yourself aware of all your strengths and weaknesses, you can confidently speak to what you can offer, highlight how you’re a great choice, and (strategically) steer clear of where you need to improve. While we all have space to grow, an interview is not the best place to in-depth, bare your soul on all the ways you could be better.
If you need a little help, ask those around you what they feel your professional attributes are. Knowing will help you frame impressive, authentic answers that highlight your strengths, unique qualities, and abilities that the company/salon can benefit from.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Some interviewees make the mistake of not thoroughly reading the job description or being unwilling to take the time out to understand industry jargon. Others try to “wing” the interview without putting in the thought & effort needed to shine. Practice answering interview questions with a friend, with your iPhone video, in your car, etc. Practice introducing yourself & getting comfortable with the details (eye contact, shaking hands, great posture).
Interviews can be intimidating, especially if you don’t have much experience (and even with lots of experience). Practice and smart preparation are the perfect combination to help quell your nerves and propel you towards the career you’ve been working for.