How to Prepare Yourself For a Career in Beauty! Part 2: Interview Prep

You did it! You graduated. Finally, with a license in hand, it’s time for the next step in your journey toward your potential career in beauty.

Interviews.

While this can seem very daunting, it’s also something to be excited about! We are here to help you prepare for job interviews. From research to building your confidence, we’ll cover it all. Let’s dive in!

Haven’t read part one yet? Click here to get the insight on step one in your journey!

1. Prepare Your Resume

You worked so hard on your education and perfecting your skills, now is the time to show it! Your resume is more important than you would think. Take the time to organize it and present it in a way that shows just how professional and suitable you are for a career in the beauty industry. Some things you should consider including in your resume are:

  • Your top work qualities.
  • Links to your social media profiles.
  • Contact info of your references.
  • Beauty skills you specialize in.
  • Name of the school you receive your training at.

The list above gives you a few ideas of what we would highly recommend you include in your resume. The final touch every resume should have is something that will help you stand out! That could be a quote from your favorite beauty artist, something about you that is interesting or light-hearted, or why you entered into the beauty industry. Another way to set yourself apart from the crowd is an interesting looking resume. You’re a creative, after all! Check out these unique and artistic design suggestions from Hloom.

Your resume is your personal ad, so make sure it’s unforgettable!

Person holding a resume at a desk in front of a laptop.

2. Do Your Research and Be Prepared

Many people think that when applying for a new job, the employer is the one that decides if you make the cut. We’re here to tell you that is not entirely true.

You are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you! You are the one that decides if you accept the job or not. That’s why it’s important to do your research. Before you go into an interview, it’s crucial that you know what the company does, what their priorities are, and what position you are applying for. While you are researching for the job you want, take the time to prepare yourself for the interview you will be walking into. You will want to be prepared for any questions that you might be asked during the interviews. Some common questions might include:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strongest traits?
  • Tell me about a time you felt weak or unprepared in your job.
  • Why do you want to work in this salon/spa?
  • What attracted you to our salon/spa?
  • What were you doing before you decide to enter the beauty industry?
  • What do you know about our salon/spa and the services we offer?

It’s important to be prepared by researching the job that you want. When you are prepared you will come across more confident in yourself.

You might be given the opportunity to ask questions about the job you’re applying for. Here are a few that we suggest you ask!

  • What do you like most about your job?
  • What made you decide to work here?
  • What are the goals of the salon/spa for the next five years?
  • What about me makes you think I’d be a good fit for this job?

Woman in a red shirt at a laptop.

3. Build Your Portfolio

Your portfolio is just as important as your resume. A portfolio can be the final nudge for an employer to hire you as well as an excellent place to show examples of why you would benefit their salon or spa. Make sure to put in time and dedication to your portfolio to showcase your skills, talent, and successful projects that you have worked on. Begin your interview on the right foot! If you are feeling lost in what to include in your portfolio, here is what we suggest:

  • Photographs of hairstyles, hair colors, and haircuts that you created.
  • Your resume.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Events that you have worked on.

Notebooks lying next to a phone and coffee mug.

4. Look the Part

Looking your best can really set you apart from other applicants. We all know the saying, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Interviewing in the beauty industry can be more intimidating than an average interview because the way you present yourself in your style will be noticed right away. If you are unsure of what to wear, give yourself time to prepare.Try on different outfits throughout the week to find a look that will wow your interviewer!

Here are some tips on making sure you look the part before you step into your interview.

Make sure your hair is done.
It may seem straightforward, but you’d be surprised how many stylists think that a plain ol’’ bun looks great. However, we suggest if you’re going to wear an updo you try something a bit more adventurous. Show off the skills you have on your own hair.

Do your makeup.
This is basically the same rule as your hair. Don’t go overboard with your makeup, but do your makeup professionally. Pretend you’re doing makeup for a model who is about to go on a business professional editorial shoot.

Wear salon-ready clothing.
All black is a pretty standard uniform at most salons and spas. We suggest showing off your wardrobe at your interview, but still keep it professional. Add a few pieces of personality. Your personality should shine through even though you’re dressed for an interview.

Young woman in a white blouse at a job interview.

5. Believe In Yourself!

At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is to believe in yourself! People can tell if you have confidence in yourself. When they see that, they have confidence in you. You have worked hard on perfecting your skills, it’s time to make a potential career out of it. We hope these insights will help you step into your interview with confidence in yourself and what hopes to be a very successful career! If you want to pursue a potential career in beauty, make sure to contact us to learn more about our programs.

Smiling, confident young woman in a yellow shirt.

Make sure to check out our last blog, “How to Prepare Yourself For a Career in Beauty! Part 1: Get An Education”.

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Take These High School Classes to Prepare for Beauty School!

As a high school student, you might be thinking about your future after graduation. Beauty school at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Collegeville could be a great option for you if you’re a creative person who’s passionate about beauty. To prepare for beauty school, there are a few classes you should include in your high school schedule. These classes will give you a basic knowledge of certain subjects that could be important during your beauty coursework!

Chemistry

Stylists mix colors and other chemicals every single day. It’s important to know how products will react when they’re mixed together because the wrong mixture could result in a bad color or botched bleach job. When you have this knowledge ahead of time, it can prevent you from making a mistake when working on a client.

Chemistry set.

Theater

Taking theater class could have multiple benefits for future cosmetology students. Acting teaches you how to get out of your comfort zone and engage with other people. Theater could also give you the chance to learn about stage makeup, lighting, costuming, and set design. Learning all of these things is a great way to realize how multiple parts can come together to create something that looks amazing!

Students in theater class.

Anatomy

When you work in a salon or spa environment, you’ll work directly with people’s hair, skin, nails, feet, and faces. A basic knowledge of human anatomy can be beneficial. It can help you know how to approach different parts of the body. When you’re providing skin treatments, it will be useful to know about the anatomy and physiology of the skin. This can help you know what services to offer specific clients and how a product or treatment might react on the skin. You’ll also learn anatomy while attending beauty school, so taking the class in high school is a great way to get a jumpstart on your vocabulary!

Skeleton in an anatomy classroom.

Public Speaking

Working in a salon or spa is an extroverted job. You’ll likely speak with different people every day, from clients and coworkers to distributors and salon owners. A public speaking class, scary as it can seem, pushes you out of your shell and helps you learn how to talk in front of others with confidence. You want to be able to answer any client questions with full authority, right? Take this class as an opportunity to put yourself out there and find your voice!

Female student public speaking.

Art

Art is the perfect class for creative expression. Whether you’re painting, drawing, sketching, or sculpting, this is an important class for anyone who wants to work in the beauty industry. When you’re in art class, you’ll learn foundational basics like the color wheel, color mixing, and design principles. All of these are important when it comes to hair styling and makeup artistry. An art class can help you develop your sense of color and texture and teach you about basic aesthetics.

Colorful tubes of paint.

Call Us to Learn About Beauty School

Are you ready to hit the books and prepare yourself for the future? If you’re interested in beauty school after high-school, call TSPA Collegeville today! We offer a cosmetology, esthetics, and nail technology program. We’re here to answer any of your questions or help you schedule a tour.

Want to learn more about a beauty industry future? Check out these blog posts!

Read: “Unique Cosmetology Careers”

Read: “What to Expect on a Beauty School Tour”
Read: “Is Cosmetology Your Next Adventure? Take Our Quiz.”