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The Interview

Picture this. You have found the perfect salon and you see yourself in the chair by the window giving your client the perfect balayage. There, you’d be working exactly where you want and you’ve never been happier. How are you going to make that dream happen? By having a great interview!

The interview is a crucial step in the process of finding a job. In preparation for an interview, you should always research the establishment. Be able to speak to how the company started, its mission and vision, and a little bit about the services provided. Additionally, you should have prepared responses to several common interview questions.

For example:

  1. What do you consider some of your strengths?
  2. What challenges have you encountered? How did you overcome them?
  3. Do you have industry experience? If so, explain. If not, explain.
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  5. If one of your peers were to describe you in a sentence, what would they say?

Your responses should be well thought out, but not rehearsed. They should feel natural, just as should your interview first impression. Dress professionally, and the greeting and handshake are key. Always bring a hard copy of your resume—it shows you are prepared. Upon meeting the people conducting the interview, you want to give a firm handshake and make eye contact. TIP: When being introduced, repeat the name of who you’re meeting with your hello. This will make it easier to remember the name when you’re saying your thank you at the end. Throughout the interview, avoid using slang terms, and null words such as “umm” and “like”. Simply pause with silence if needed, it shows you are taking time to think about your response.

It is also a good idea to have a few questions prepared in advance to ask your interviewer. You may find that you have inquiries during the interview as topics arise, but in case your nerves get the better of you, having calculated questions in advance will help. At the end of your interview, be sure to make eye contact with your goodbye and also include a firm handshake and thank you. Be sure to get your interviewer’s business card so you can follow up with an email thank you. Depending on when the company plans to make their hiring decision, you should follow up with an email one to two days after your interview. Thank your interviewer again and express how eager you are to join the company. If it’s a right fit for you and the employer, these are sure fire steps to help secure your dream job!

Preparing for Life After the Institute

Graduation caps thrown in airAs I near graduation from Cinta Aveda Institute, I am beginning to explore the many options available to me once I complete my program. Once I pass my State Board Examination, I will officially be a licensed cosmetologist. What exactly does that mean? In a nutshell, the world is my oyster! As a cosmetology graduate, I can work in a salon, spa, blow dry bar, makeup counter, cruise ship, and much more! I can take private clients, work on photo shoots, participate in magazine editorials, and maybe even do some bridal styling. The possibilities truly are endless. In fact, some might say we have too many options. How do I figure out what is right for me?

Given that there are so many opportunities in our trade, it is important to explore each and every one. Immerse yourself in the industry and all of its components. Buy fashion magazines and take note of the hair and makeup in the editorial spreads. Try out different blow dry bars in your area. (Tip: you can always find a cheap deal on Groupon!) Talk to people who have been in the industry for a while, in different capacities. Those who own their own salon, or rent a chair in a salon versus stylists who are an employee of a salon and work on commission. Each situation yields a different experience, which may or may not be right for you. If you have a passion for travel, maybe working at the salon or spa on a cruise ship is the perfect opportunity for you.

The important thing to remember is be true to yourself, your talent, and your customer. Many people get caught up in what they think they should be doing as opposed to what is right for them, and as a result do not end up being prosperous. If you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work–you’ll never work a day in your life!