Employers looking to hire a Hair Professional Apprentice want someone who is extroverted and willing to learn new skills. This role requires communicating with clients on a daily basis, so great communication skills are key. Hair and beauty salons are fast paced environments, so the right Hair Professional Apprentices must have great time management and organisation.
An essential part of making a good impression at interview is dressing smart. Dressing formally shows that you are serious about the role, are ambitious and are respectful of the business itself. Try to dress smart but practical. As the role is focused on hair it is important that your own hair is clean and styled well.
Some hairdressing and barbering interviews may partly include a short practical trial; this means that wearing no large, chunky or dangling jewellery is essential (this is so clients are unlikely to encounter injury). Flat shoes allow for more free movement.
Making sure your body language is open and confident is another method of communicating that you are reliable. Nodding your head occasionally shows that you are actively listening.
Interview Preparation Tasks
- Read the Interview Confirmation email thoroughly. Familiarise yourself with the location that your interview will take place at. Check transport times. Read through any extra details or helpful advice in the email ton help you prepare.
- Research the company you are interviewing for the position at. Look at their website and social media accounts. Find out who founded the company and when, what the company does, who their clients or customers are. The employer will ask what you know about the company, so find out as much as possible.
- Have 2 open questions prepared to ask the employer about their company.After you have researched the company prepare at least two questions to ask the employer about the company. Make sure you aren’t asking questions that are already answered on the website. Don’t asked closed questions (questions that can be answered with a yes or no).
- Study the Job Description and think about what your transferrable skills are.
Consider what would be expected of you in the role on a day to day basis and review your work experience and the skills you have previously gained. Work out which skills you have that would benefit the company and keep these in mind when you are talking about what you can bring to the company.
- Research the company’s competitors if they have any. Being able to give suggestions and ideas for improvement at the company is a great way to show you are informed and proactive.
Talk a little about your personality and related interests, mentioning any awards or achievements. See if you can relate any interests to hair and beauty. Don’t over share information about yourself but don’t give too short an answer.
Implement your research on the sector into your answer, for example, mentioning if you have any prior training in health and safety or the beauty/cosmetology or barbering industry along with any previous qualifications or experience. Explain why you are passionate about pursuing a career in this industry.
Reflecting on an example of prioritising tasks during a heavy workload is a positive way to show competency in a role and demonstrates organisational skills. This question can also give an indication of how well you react in an urgent situation.
An answer to this question requires an element of story telling and is a good time to show your positive traits and team – player qualities. You could discuss compromising and finding a solution to suit each person involved etc.
Strengths – Mention two or three strengths (for example, communicating effectively, time management and organisational skills) and give an example of one of them.
Weaknesses – This is where you can show you are honest, can self-evaluate and are keen to improve. Choose a positive aspect of your personality and mention how this can be slightly detrimental.
When an employer asks this question be as honest as you can. Employers get an understanding of who you are and what drives you. For example, motivation to build a successful career or provide more for your family etc. are both acceptable answers.
Be honest about your reasons for leaving your last job role. But if you are leaving a position that you were not happy in, don’t slander the business. Mention how you want a career with more opportunities for progression or how the role you are interviewing for is a much better fit.
Use this time to ask questions about the business, daily operations or their expectations of you as an employee in this role. Do not ask questions about the company that could have been answered previously with an online search. Aim to ask open ended questions that won’t result in the employer just giving a yes or no answer.
This question is to test that you have researched the position and what will be expected of you on a day-to-day basis. Write down each point and take it with you to your interview for guidance. This will show that you are organised and willing to understand the role.
This shows that you have done your research on the business. You could mention the type of customers they attract and the style of hairdressing/barbering there. You could also mention the company’s reputation. If you are interviewing for an apprenticeship with a bigger brand, you could discuss the brand and their latest campaigns etc.