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How to Prepare for an Interview at a Salon

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So you are preparing to attend an interview for a new job and you would like to make a good impression?

There are things that you can do to DRAMATICALLY improve your chances of getting that job or at least getting invited an interview and or trade test.

Salon Interview Tip 1. Your CV - Make sure that it is factual, don't tell any lies and ensure that you can prove everything that you write.


Salon Interview Tip 2. Make your CV no more than two A4 Pages long and condense your experience and qualifications into these two pages. Once you have completed your CV give it a third party and ask them to critique it. Make any edits suggested.


Salon Interview Tip 3. CV Covering Letter - Hand write a letter to send with your CV explaining why your qualifications and experience make you the ideal candidate for a job with your prospective new employer. Only type this letter if your hand writing is terrible.


Salon Interview Tip 3. Place your CV and covering letter in an A4 letter binder from office world, place it in an A4 envelope and post it 1st Class. (Do not use second class post).


Salon Interview Tip 4. References: Include at the rear of your CV the names and addresses of two referees that you can rely upon to give you great references. If you know that your current or past employer would give you a bad reference then you must overcome this by coming clean in an interview and telling your prospective employer why they cannot ask that person for a reference.

If you lie, you could be found out, its a tough position to be in but honesty is the best policy here.


Salon Interview Tip 5. Do your research: Look on the internet and read the prospective employers website take notes or print out the pages.

Walk by the salon, notice how the staff are dressed, take in the environment: Make note of

* What colour house the salon uses
* What beauty brands the salon works with
* What retail products the salon uses
* Does the salon do any specialist services, (hair extensions, afro, permanent blow dry etc).

If you are familiar with all of the brands, products and any specialist services the salon has or uses that's great you can write about this in your CV covering letter. If you are not familiar with the brands, product, and services you see it gives you a bit of time to research those brands etc, so that you can be more confident talking about them in an interview.


Salon Interview Tip 6. Your Portfolio: Assuming that you have a portfolio of your work, ensure that it is bound in a high quality album and all images are framed, you are trying to show that you take massive pride in your work.


Salon Interview Tip 7. Turnout and Bearing. You have walked by the salon and seen what the staff wear, now you have a head start because you can dress similarly and make a great impression. What ever you wear make sure that it is freshly laundered and pressed.

Make sure that your makeup and hair style is fresh and representative of a great hairdresser or therapist. Make double sure your shoes are clean and in good order front and rear.


Salon Interview Tip 8. Smokers - If you smoke, avoid smoking before the interview, but if you can't make sure that you spray your clothes with cent before you go into the interview and make sure you chew a few mints just before you go in (don't chew during the interview).


Salon Interview Tip 9. Don't Fidget: Ensure you sit up straight and face the interviewer, always get good eye contact when answering questions.

Do not fidget and try not to scratch or touch your face during the interview. Particularly If you are asked an awkward question avoid the temptation to move on your chair or scratch or fidget, this shows that you may be lying.


Salon Interview Tip 10. Your Questions: At some stage the interviewer is going to ask you if you have any questions fro them. Now that you know that this question is going to be asked and you have hopefully carried out some research on the salon you must put some thought to this and write down a minimum of three sensible questions to ask.

If these questions are good and relevant they will show that you understand the interviewers business and that you ar really interested in working for them.


Salon Interview Tip 11. Carry a good quality note book and pen: As soon as you are invited to sit down in the interview, get out your note book and pen straight away, make any notes you se fit and write down any questions that come up in your head whilst the interviewer is talking, being careful of course not to appear that you are not listening.


Salon Interview Tip 12: Your current abilities. A great exercise. Your interviewer is going to ask you one or all of the following questions:

* What are your greatest personal strengths?
* What are greatest strengths as a Hairdresser, therapist, barber? etc...
* What values or qualities do you think that you can bring to our salon?
* What is your greatest weakness?
* Where do you want to be in the future?

You need now to think about the answers to these questions and write down the answers. You should not refer to your notes during the interview but by think about these questions now and writing them down you will give a much better account of your self when the questions are asked during the salon interview.


Salon Interview Tip 13. figures: Your salon Interviewer may ask you certain business related questions like:

* What is your retail conversion rate
* How many clients/services do you do in a day/week/month
* Do you work to targets ? Do you hit your targets?

Think about the above and write your conversion rate and target history down in your pad. Do not tell lies about your salon retail conversion rates if you say you are a brilliant retailer and your not you are stacking up problems for the future.


Salon Interview Tip 14. Can you bring any clients with you from your current salon?

Careful now, you are being tested! If this question is asked you must answer, I would never dream of poaching my current or past employers clients that would be immoral and just plain wrong. However my clients do like me so I would be surprised if some of them do not seek me out and follow me of their own volition.

Ok so you put that into your own words and you will get many brownie points.


Salon Interview Tip 15. Trade Test. At some stage you will need to carry out a trade test where all of your hairdressing and or trade skills are going to be tested.

Imagine that 3 candidates have been invited back for trade tests and there is only one job vacancy.

You turn up with four models. 1 For a colour, 1 for a ladies cut, 1 for a guys cut and one for a permanent blow dry. WOW what does that say about your enthusiasm and organisational skills. Then you work on all four of your models at the same time.

Hey dude or dude'ts this job is in the bag!!! So speak to your friends and relatives and put them on short notice standby.


Salon Interview Tip 16. Salon Job Application Form. A well organised salon manager will give you a job application form to fill in and post or take back to the salon. Make sure you complete it in your best handwriting in black pen and get it back before the deadline.

Also ensure that you answer every question on every page. If you do not answer any of the questions the salon manager may think you have something to hide and reject you at this stage.


Salon Interview Tip 17. Salon Marketing.

No disrespect meant... But, most salon staff simply wait for clients to come to them and they don't really utilise their client referral skills and they certainly do not get involved in salon marketing. If you would like to increase your earnings potential and enjoy your work more, learn Column building and business development skills by buying the Salon Stylists Business Development Guide. Having this depth of knowledge will give lots of positive discussion point for your interview that will help you win that Job!


Salon Interview Tip 18.

How to increase your chances of getting that job 100 fold by submitting the perfect CV and covering letter and by answering 1 important question so impressively that you are almost certain to get that job.

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