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Top 25 Cosmetologist Interview Questions
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What excites you about designing hair styles?
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List of Cosmetologist Interview Questions
  1. What excites you about designing hair styles?
  2. Tell me about your experience styling hair?
  3. What aspect of doing hair is most challenging for you?
  4. How do you communicate with clients who are introverted or shy?
  5. How do you help clients choose the best hair style?
  6. How do you build relationships with customers?
  7. When did you decide to become a cosmetologist?
  8. Tell me about your customer service experience.
  9. Do you have any experience with men's hair styles?
  10. Do you work well on your own?
  11. Do you have any experience with events?
  12. Describe your typical day at work.
  13. Tell me about a time when a customer was not satisfied with the service you provided. How did you handle it?
  14. What hair styles do you believe look the best for women?
  15. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  16. Describe your dream job.
  17. Tell me about your training. What did you like most about it? What didn't you like?
  18. What techniques do you enjoy while styling hair?
  19. Where do you gain your inspiration for trying new trends, styles?
  20. Tell me about your experience coloring hair and working with color-treated hair.
  21. Are you a team player?
  22. Why do you want to work for us?
  23. Tell me about your strengths.
  24. Tell me about an area you could improve upon.
  25. Tell me about a difficult work situation. How did you handle it?
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Cosmetologist Information
May 25th, 2017

Cosmetologists are highly skilled and talented professionals who specialize in providing a variety of beauty services such as hair styling, skin care, makeup application, hair removal, manicures, and pedicures amongst others. They are committed to helping their clients look good and feel more confident. Cosmetologists typically work in privately owned salons or in salons and spas attached to hotels.
Smaller salons may hire cosmetologists who have completed a general cosmetology training program. However, high-end salons will only hire applicants who have a undergone specialized training in each individual beauty service. Cosmetologists must have great aesthetic sense and excellent customer service skills. Physical stamina and endurance also play a role as the job involves staying in the same position for the major part of the day. Experience is crucial. Very few employers will want to hire someone who has not had any experience.
At your cosmetologist interview, the salon owner, who will be conducting the interview, will ask you why you chose this particular career. They will also want to know if you have had any experience working in a salon and what beauty services you provided during that time. They will also ask you if you are willing to undergo a training period to learn their particular styling and beauty techniques. Knowing the questions that you are likely to be asked can give you the advantage at this type of interview. You can find these at mock interview questions. Check them out and take the time to prepare compelling answers before heading off to your cosmetologist interview.
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Question 1 of 25
What excites you about designing hair styles?
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There is so much you can do with styling and designing hair. It excites me that you can make a statement by simply designing hair in a certain style.
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That I can't just have fun with it.
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That I can be my own personal designing hair.
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Being able to make a person feel like they look their best.
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Knowing that I made it up. So its orginal.
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The mass amount of options there are to choose from for different styles.
Question 2 of 25
Tell me about your experience styling hair?
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I went to school for cosmetology for 4 years and interned at one of the top salons in the NYC area. I have worked with clients privately for events and have gained 5 years experience in the salon I currently work with.
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I am.I am very flexible and can pitch in , in almost any situation.
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When I was little my grandmother use to have me give her finger waves all the time. Professionally I have been doing hair since aug. 2013.
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Hair is art, I m the artist I use my tools and sculpture and form my creations.
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About 4 years ever since I got out of high school.
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I have worked behind the chair for 15 years. I have been an educator for cosmetology schools, a National Educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems, and a platform artist. I have done everyday styling all the way up to editorial and fashion week.
Question 3 of 25
What aspect of doing hair is most challenging for you?
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I am always trying to challenge myself to explore hair and makeup styles that make me a better cosmetologist. Keeping up with latest trends and be at the forefront of fashion is a great challenge for me.
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I don't have a style I don't like working on because they all present different challenges.
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I don't like doing real fancy updos.
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My least favorite is ethnic hair because if I am not great at it then I dont like it. But I know practice makes perfect.
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Micro braids and corn roll style braids.
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There's nothing that I'm not willing to work on.
Question 4 of 25
How do you communicate with clients who are introverted or shy?
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I consider myself an ambivert and am therefore easily adaptable to both extroverts and introverts. I ask a lot of probing questions and build a relationship with a client to ensure they are comfortable to connect.
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I'm a very outgoing person when it come to working with other people.
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Very outgoing I consider my self to be a people person I love making people laugh.
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I would say that I am a very outgoing person.
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I can be a little bit shy, but I quickly warm up to every situation I'm in.
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I think I'm really outgoing once I get comfortable.
Question 5 of 25
How do you help clients choose the best hair style?
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I work with clients to find out what look they are going for. If they are looking for a classic look, we will explore statement up-do or if they are looking to stand out, we will talk large wavy curls. I ask clients about the event or occasion they are styling for and we work from there.
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I don't have any preference.
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I prefer to work on prom styles.
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Pretty much any. I love to learn new ways to style.
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Anything at all is fun for me.
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I prefer to work on up do because it is a challenge and it is a beautiful outcome.
Question 6 of 25
How do you build relationships with customers?
Professional answer
I pride myself on building effective relationships with my clients and I do so by asking questions to learn about who they are as people. I take note of important people or events going on in their life and wherever possible, incorporate things they like into their style.
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I greet them as soon as they walk through the door. I listen to what they have to say and build a friendship through the conversation we will exchange.
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By asking them personal questions, having them get use to me and gaining trust with them.
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Ask them how they're doing. What they like to do like hobby and stuff.
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I build relationships with customers by being trustworthy and honest.
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By making them feel like they are the most important person in the room. Have their interests at heart and make sure they leave satisfied with their experience at the salon.
Question 7 of 25
When did you decide to become a cosmetologist?
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Early on as a child, I was always interested in fashion and beauty. I admired how makeup can transform a person and help them make a statement to match their mood or a style. I decided then I wanted to be a cosmetologist.
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Hair has always interested me since I was a little girl but my grandmother was a salon owner befor my time and my mother told me its not the kind of profession to get into if I want to make money... So I took a few college courses and only liked the art classes so I decided to try it out despite what my mother told me, and I fell in love.
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I decided to become a stylist when I saw my older sister going through the same process as I. She inspired me to do something creative with my hands and to have an outlet for my artistic side.
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I have always enjoyed cosmetology it something I have wanted to do since I was a little girl.
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At a fairly young age, I was probably in the 7th grade.
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I decide to become a cosmetologist when I was in High School.
Question 8 of 25
Tell me about your customer service experience.
Professional answer
Customer service is a large part of what we do before, during and after working with clients for their hair and makeup needs. I try to understand what they are looking for early on in our work together and utilize this as a guideline throughout the client experience.
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I know that being yourself is the mane thing for me... The more your clients get to know you the more they will like you.
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The experience I have is from beauty school and I've had many returning customers.
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I've worked in retail for 4 years now.
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I talk with my clients to make sure they are satisfied when they leave.
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I worked in customer services before and always done while building customer relations.
Question 9 of 25
Do you have any experience with men's hair styles?
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Absolutely! I have worked on a wide age group of women and men's hair including children and elderly.
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Only the year at beauty school.
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Men's hair styles is a weak point for me, but I am eager to learn more about men's cuts and styles.
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I have worked at two Men's Salons, so I would say I am very experienced with mens hair cuts.
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I do have some experience with men's hair styles. I'm still continuing training.
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I only have men's clipper cut.
Question 10 of 25
Do you work well on your own?
Professional answer
Very much so! Part of what I enjoy about being a cosmetologist is that I can work independently, along with being a part of a larger team. At the end of the day, I am here to work with clients and that is something I enjoy very much.
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I like to more of a dependent when it comes to things but I'm not afraid to ask for help when I need it.
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Very dependent. I arrive to work earlier than scheduled. I help others in in areas where needed. I am able to work with minimal supervision.
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I am not really dependent, I try to be independent.
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I don't think i'm dependent on others and I consider myself as a dependable person.
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I'm not very dependent at all! I'm a pretty independent person.
Question 11 of 25
Do you have any experience with events?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I've done many prom Updo's!
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Yes iv done quite a few weddings and I enjoy it very much, especially when I have to go to them because it makes me think of what ill be doing when I reach my goals of doing movies sets.
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Some big events I have done hair before are weddings and also 15aneras. You just have to make sure you listen to what they want.
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Yes, I've done proms and sweet 16
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Yes. I styled my daughters hair for my wedding. I also styled friends hair for prom and events in the past.
Question 12 of 25
Describe your typical day at work.
Professional answer
Part of what is most fun about being a cosmetologist is that there is no such thing as a typical day! I can be doing anything from gaining new business, working on hair or makeup for a high profile event to transforming a group of teenagers into princesses for their prom!
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I have to continue to follow safety and sanitation guides throughout the work place.
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My duties are to maintain a sanitary salon while also catering to my client while satisfying their hair/skin/nail needs.
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To be responsible and care about clients.
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My principal duties and responsibilities are doing well in school.
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Right now I am not working so taking care of the house cooking dinner and making sure the kids are taken care of. They are teenagers and preteen so that mostly consists of making sure they don't kill each other.
Question 13 of 25
Tell me about a time when a customer was not satisfied with the service you provided. How did you handle it?
Professional answer
It rarely happens because we talk a lot as we go, but if/when it does, I offer to redo the service or provide them with a discount on the service. Most of all, I listen and make sure their concerns are heard.
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I'm always very friendly and ask how their doing.
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I interact with customers by matching the same level of energy as they do. Asking open ended questions to keep the conversations fluid and natural.
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Professionally. They are there to get a service and relax. Having a positive attitude and making sure their needs are taken care of.
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I interact with customers by being open.
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Very well. I am a outgoing person and will talk with anyone. I am also good at just listening when need be.
Question 14 of 25
What hair styles do you believe look the best for women?
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I think it depends on the individual. There is no one magic bullet hair style that is right for everyone. I try to learn about my client's personalities and then match them with a hair style that compliments that, along with their overall appearance.
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I believe it all depends on their facial shape and hair color, I would need to do a consultation before I know that.
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This depends on the women.....Antthing can look good if pulled off correctly with confidence and a smile.
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That varies from women to women. Each face has a style that looks the best and some women need the right personality to really be able to pull off certain styles.
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I personally like a shorter hair cut on a woman almost like a long bob.
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Hairstyles should be customized to each woman’s facial features and lifestyle.
Question 15 of 25
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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In five years, I see myself with my own cosmetology practice and servicing private, high end clients for special events.
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I am pursuing this a career.
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I hope to be styling hair for probably the next twenty years. I would like to grow and become someone who helps on movie sets.
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As long as my fingers and eyes work proficiently!!
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Until I no longer can. I plan to make a career out of it.
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Its what I plan to do with my future.
Question 16 of 25
Describe your dream job.
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My dream job is to work with some of the top cosmetologists in the industry and perhaps be an on hand cosmetologist for a local star!
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It doesn't really matter aslong as the salon has a good reputation.
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One that offers advancement opportunities and allows me to do what I enjoy.
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I honestly don't have any ideal company for me anything is good.
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One where I get to interact with interesting and diverse people. There is opportunity for growth, travel, and touching the lives of those that I teach on a day to day basis.
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A company who allows independent creativity and is able to keep a clean safe environment for it's workers and clients.
Question 17 of 25
Tell me about your training. What did you like most about it? What didn't you like?
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I trained with top artists in the NYC area and enjoyed trying to master new cosmetology skills with their expertise on hand.
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Yes. I went to penrose academy and I graduate may 13, 2015.
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Yes I went to Auburn Career center for 2 years to get my beauty certificate.
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Yes My Junior and seinor year of highschool.
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I received a Bsc. Degree from Vancouver island university in Canada.
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Yes I have I have done redkeen class matrix class.
Question 18 of 25
What techniques do you enjoy while styling hair?
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I enjoy the actual process of styling hair and building relationships with the clients I work with along the way.
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My favorite way to style hair is with the blowout method. Just choosing a different tool can drastically change the way the hair looks and I love that. Mixing different products for certain thing to achieve a look.
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I enjoy doing different styles and techniques.
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I love to curl hair, I really enjoy to wave hair as well. Braids are also something that I have always enjoyed.
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To get to know the customer and see what type of person they are while deciding what to do and what they will like.
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I love doing beqachy curls quincenera hairstyles and all about that .
Question 19 of 25
Where do you gain your inspiration for trying new trends, styles?
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I gain inspiration from all over! I follow top fashion trends, watch all the top fashion events and read magazines as much as I can. Style is inventive and I am always trying to create new style trends on my own too.
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Hours would have to be not too crazy, but a regular full time work day would be more than suitable.
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Being a cosmetologist does not interfere with my family. They love it because they have someone to come to when it comes to do with anything with cosmetology.
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I like to read magazines and watching many new shows that show different hair styles.
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Fashion magazines, television new anchors, plays, era costuming, pretty much fashion week and social events.
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I gained it from my mom she is a cosmetologist and ever since she always showed me new techniques and would always do styling on my little sister I have always wanted to I know my mom would be proud of me for making this accomplishment.
Question 20 of 25
Tell me about your experience coloring hair and working with color-treated hair.
Professional answer
When interning at a top salon in NYC, I was the color stylist. I have experience preparing hair for coloring and working with the stylists throughout the process. I also change my color all the time based on my mood.
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11 months. I just recently graduated cosmetology school, but that does not mean that I am not capable of learning and becoming more educated in the field of hair dressing.
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I have only about 3 years of experience with hair coloring.
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I have not had alot of experience on coloring hair.
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I have about 3 years. But I went to a great school and my experinces have nothing to do with the amount of time I have been working.
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I have 3 years of experience but I also went to a great school that taught me more then most school do.
Question 21 of 25
Are you a team player?
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Being a team player is an important part of our work. I work well with and draw inspiration from my teammates as much as I can.
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I am.I am very flexible and can pitch in , in almost any situation.
Question 22 of 25
Why do you want to work for us?
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You are the top salon in this area and I have been a happy customer for years. It would be an honor to deliver value in cosmetology services to a place that radiates innovation in style.
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Supercity! Is a household name with ano excellent reputition.A team I'll be happy to be a part of.
Question 23 of 25
Tell me about your strengths.
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My strengths are creativity, experimentation and detail in artistic expression. They serve me well in cosmetology.
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My ability to remain calm and assess a situation as they arise.I'm punctual, reliable and loyal.A team player.
Question 24 of 25
Tell me about an area you could improve upon.
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I am always trying to improve as a stylist in all areas. Right now, I am working on perfecting the art of balayage.
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Corrective color.As fascinating as it is, its challenging.
Question 25 of 25
Tell me about a difficult work situation. How did you handle it?
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I was recently working with a client who changed the direction of her look mid way through working together. This called for us to revamp our supplies, resources and team. We had to coordinate to do what was necessary to make the change. We are happy to accommodate our clients.
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A client came in for a virgin relaxer and wanted a haircolor. IT took many explanations, permanent and temporary color, convincing the client that temporary was the best choice for now.After two weeks she could get the permanent color.
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