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.


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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Should You Choose Cosmetology or Esthetics? Find Out Now!

If you’re curious about a future in beauty, it’s important to decide which path you want to take. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Collegeville, we offer both cosmetology and esthetics programs. Depending on your interests, you might prefer one over the other. Take our quiz to see which program you should choose!

Now that you know which program could be best suited to you, take the next steps! Contact us to schedule a tour or request more information about the cosmetology or esthetics program at TSPA Collegeville. Your beautiful journey starts here!

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Unique Cosmetology Careers

If you’re a creative person seeking an energetic work environment, studying cosmetology at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Collegeville could open up the doors to a bright future. Many people associate cosmetology with being a hairstylist. While this is a career option for cosmetologists, there can be many other options for your future after receiving a cosmetology license.

Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artist

Are you passionate about the arts? Is Halloween your favorite holiday? This could be your chance to create characters every single day. This career option can allow you to take your passion for makeup to the extreme. Sometimes it’s just about enhancing a stage actor’s appearance so an audience can see their expressions. Other times you might be transforming someone into a totally different human character or scary creature. Whether it’s stage makeup for a live performance or detailed character makeup for a film, working as a performance makeup artist is a great opportunity for a creative future.

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Fashion and Editorial Stylist

When you work in the fashion industry, you have the chance to work behind the scenes on large-scale, professional photo shoots or runway fashion shows. If you grew up loving fashion magazines and are always up-to-date on trends, this could be the job for you. The hair and makeup looks created for fashion shows and photoshoots are typically what set the trends for the entire year. As the person creating these looks, your work could be on display to millions of people. It’s can be a great place to express creativity and take risks with avant-garde looks.

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Cosmetology Educator

This could be a great way to pass along the knowledge you gained in cosmetology school. Working as a cosmetology educator can be an option for those who love working with people, want to help others succeed, and have a passion for learning and education. As a cosmetology educator, you can be employed at schools like TSPA Collegeville. Teaching can be a rewarding career and a great way to spend time with people, especially if you’re teaching a subject you love.

Platform Artist

A platform artist must wear many hats. In this job, you’re an educator, performer, salesperson, and hairstylist. Platform artists perform on stage at beauty shows, demonstrations, industry events, and seminars. As a platform artist, you can use your skills and talents to educate and entertain other cosmetologists, students, industry professionals. For people who are outgoing and creative, this is an excellent chance to engage with an audience, show off your creative talents, and help others learn.

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Salon or Spa Owner

For those who are entrepreneurial and have always dreamed of owning a business, a cosmetology license can be the first step toward owning your own salon or spa. Salon owners are in control of every aspect of the salon. Making a profit, finding clients, branding, marketing, finding space to rent, hiring staff, and dealing with financial matters are all a part of the responsibilities of a salon owner. It all starts with a cosmetology license, renting space in salons, and working your way up to the top.

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Get Your Cosmetology License!

Ready to get started on an exciting future in the beauty industry? Call TSPA Collegeville to learn more about our cosmetology program! You can also call us to schedule a tour. We’d love to hear from you!

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