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1. What excites you about designing hair styles?
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Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatment. Branches of specialty including hairstyling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures/pedicures, and electrology.
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2 of 25

Tell me about your experience styling hair?

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1.
I been working for 20 years.
 
2.
two years
 
3.
I have worked on styling for a little over a year now.
 
4.
I am a recent graduate of the Aveda Institute, so including school it would be one year.
 
5.
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.
 
6.
About 4 years ever since I got out of high school.
 
7.
What are other commonly-used titles for this position?
 
8.
I have worked as a license stylist for 30 years.
 
9.
Since I throught applying for a Magnet high school in 8th grade.
 
10.
Like I said, since I could hold a brush.
 

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#3 of 25

What aspect of doing hair is most challenging for you?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
I enjoy making people look their best. Whatever style needs to be done I have no problem doing. However, I really love coloring hair. It's fun to see the finished product and how you can completely change someones look.
 
2.
im fine working with any style.practice makes perfect and the more i practice it the more il like performing it.
 
3.
Nothing,, i working any style and all of them is work on.
 
4.
I working hard for my job as a beautician.
 
5.
Nothing because all hairstyles i done is always work on.
 
6.
Nothing.. coz all hairstyles is work on..
 
7.
I don't have any I like a challenge so I will try all styles.
 
8.
I love working on all styles. After all, variety is the spice of life!
 
9.
Braiding, simply because I do need more practice and patience to master them.
 
10.
I prefer if any not to work on haircutting styles.
 

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#4 of 25

How do you communicate with clients who are introverted or shy?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
I am both outgoing and reserved, I know what things to be kept to myself and also have a nice, fun conversation with the client always keeping it respectful and professional.
 
2.
I am very outgoing I enjoy working with people and very personable.
 
3.
I would say I am a good mix of outgoing and reserved. I treat my clients as though they are my best friend when they walk through the salon door even if it is the first time I am meeting them. I try to be as happy, outgoing and polite as possible, but I also try to assess the current attitude of my client as well. I make sure that if they seem a little uneasy or nervous themselves I might tone it down a notch to get more on their level before being too intimidating.
 
4.
I am just the right balance of "outgoing" and "relaxed". I'm always up for trying new things and learning, but I don't mind taking it easy either.
 
5.
I'm very outgoing. Willing to get my hands in there and work on any client.
 
6.
I'm very outgoing.
 
7.
Very outgoing im easy to get a long with and love interacting with others. I love trying new things and meeting new people.
 
8.
To be honest, in social situations, I can at times be a little shy. However, while in school I serve several clients each day and became much more outgoing. I am now very comfortable in establishing a true rapport with my clients and coworkers.
 
9.
I am very out going I do well with a lot of different groups and I can get a long with pretty much anyone.
 
10.
Very outgoing and up beat earner to learn new things.
 

Education Requirements

All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.

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#5 of 25

How do you help clients choose the best hair style?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
I like working on all hair styles. Each style is a learning experience and to work on it over and over again would enhance my skills.
 
2.
I like working on all styles. I really have the most fun doing a style when the client is easy to talk to and optimistic about their hair. That way, I don't feel as much pressure.
 
3.
I love working on all styles i love trying new things and learning new things. and i love being able to make people feel good.
 
4.
All types.
 
5.
Long hair personally it makes things alot eaiser to do .
 
6.
I love color and cutting, but my favorite part of the service is the blow out because I get to see everything come together.
 
7.
I love men haircuts and short/medium length for girls! But i'm willing to do anything!
 
8.
In any type of hairstyles.
 
9.
From up-dos to simple straight hair are the best for me.
 
10.
I prefer to work on up do because it is a challenge and it is a beautiful outcome.
 

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#6 of 25

How do you build relationships with customers?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Get to know them better, not so much as to a personal level but make them feel a way that they know that they do have a say in opinions and are not just there for the money.
 
2.
I think the best way to build a good relationship with a customer is to really get to know them. Client consulations help in figuring out what kind of look the person is going for and what the DEFINITLY don't want. Also, taking notes never hurts. Personally, I wouldn't want to walk into my hair salon and have my stylist forget my name! So if I have to reread my consultation notes I will.
 
3.
Building relationships with a customer starts off by listening and getting to know each of your clients. Not only by giving them the best service but showing in all aspects that you want them there. All around you must be social and sympathetic to all of the clients needs.
 
4.
First ask them what style or how they are wanting there hair done. Then ask them what they like to do and about there famnily. Find out what is best going to work for them. Always listen to them and what they are telling you let them know you are litstening. Always be kind and courteous.
 
5.
You first start out on talking about the way they want their hair and when doing their hair start talking about themselves.
 
6.
I listen to my clients needs and put forth my best effort to make them feel comfortable so that way when they leave they feel like they have gained and a friend and would enjoy coming back.
 
7.
Have a good attitude and what they want you to do,.
 
8.
You build relationship with customers through counseltation you have with that customer.
 
9.
Being curdious and providing an excellant service.
 
10.
By being nice, honest and careing.
 

Work Environment

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists work mostly in a barbershop or salon, although some work in a spa, hotel, or resort. Some lease booth space in other people’s salons. A good number manage salons or open their own shop after several years of experience. Many barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists work part time. However, some self-employed workers may have long hours. Work schedules often include evenings and weekends―the times when barbershops and beauty salons are busiest. Those who are self-employed usually determine their own schedules.

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#7 of 25

Tell me about your customer service experience.

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Finding out what my client likes/dislikes and remember faces and names. Listen, listen and listen some more. I rephrase what they want so we are clear on our plan.
 
2.
The knowledge of knowing what my customer want done to her hair.
 
3.
First you have to listen to what they want and what they are trying to go for. Offer them suggestions but dont be to pushy. make them happy. keep them up to date on the new styles. be freindly and courteous.
 
4.
Building customers you really have to agree with what they say. Do what they want and please them. Give them suggestions and help them.
 
5.
The hair style of a person defines who they are.
 
6.
Well im good with people and i love doing hair.
 
7.
Make sure that everything is about them and not about you. They walk out happy. Make sure you know there name and give them a good service.
 
8.
I feel that it is very important to listen to your clients. Treat them with respect and always give them what they want.
 
9.
My experience with building customer relations has grown and is continuing to grow. I could say most of my experience comes from school but it is the best experience anyone can get.
 
10.
I have many years of experience in customer service, and over those years, I have learned how to quickly read and asses what a customer is looking for. Make sure to ask the right questions, and be confident in what you are doing, and the customer will find your opinion and services trustworthy and enjoyable.
 

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#8 of 25

When did you decide to become a cosmetologist?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I decided that I wanted to be a cosmetologist about 5 years ago. I was working in a hair salon and I enjoyed it so much that I decided that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life.
 
2.
@ a very young age . Also working in a salon early on in my teen years.
 
3.
I decided to become a cosmetologist not too long ago. My mom has always done my hair and in 2005 officially became a licensed cosmetologist. I always enjoyed watching her and learning new tricks. I got a job as the receptionist at the hair salon she was working in and loved the atmosphere. A year ago i enrolled in the cosmetology program at CCTE and I had my mind made up that this is what i want to do.
 
4.
When i was a little girl i would work on my sisteres hair, or my mothers. i was always wanting to stlye someones hair or do someones makeup.
 
5.
What I liked best with my training was I was able to express how I feel. I could create my own creations, and i'm able to be super outgoing!
 
6.
I decided in 1984 to become a hair stylist ,i just decided to persue my career in cosmetology i am know a licensed cosmetologist today.
 
7.
When I was in 8th grade, i was 14 and i loved just seeing the different styles people choose to do on their hair and make-up. Which was mainly straight or curled and there make-up was more natural at our school. so i looked at celebrities and older people and i just feel in love with fixing people up.
 
8.
When i was a little girl and i when i watch my aunt i wanted to do hair.
 
9.
When i was 2.
 
10.
when i was 14
 

Cosmetologist Pros

1. Make own hours, get to talk, and its easy. May 30th, 2012

2. Great customer service starting with indepth listening to your client, working to give superior service and to not undermine the needs of your client. Advising clients on what is really possible and what can be achieved honestly. May 30th, 2012

3. YOU dressed the part you know the part and you be professional in the part of being a cosmetologist. July 3rd, 2012

Question
#9 of 25

Do you have any experience with men's hair styles?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Yes. In our student clinic.
 
2.
I do, in school with family and friends as my models.
 
3.
Yes ive done many in beauty school and on my family.
 
4.
Yes I do I have worked on mens hair cute for few years now. Its a hair cute I enjoy very much.
 
5.
Yes in school on the clinic floor with my friends and family and what ticket they gave me.
 
6.
Yes, my favorite mens style to do is a fade because its more challenging and leaves no room for error.
 
7.
Yes, especially men who have the long, wavy hair that is easy for me to condition it and cut or do whatever with it.
 
8.
Yes . In school practicing with friends and family.
 
9.
Yes...I also eat pie and applesauce.. It seems to work on bribing the mans for all their hair.
 
10.
Yes in school and on my family.
 

Questions to Ask

1. First of all is the salon trama free how many lawsuits you had,has their been many complaints and is the salon crime free?

2. What made you choose this salon?

3. What do you look for in a stylist?

4. how would you handle a situation if you messed up some ones hair cut and they didnt want to pay you?

5. What credits are needed to apply to a cosmetology school?

6. What caused you to become interested in this field?

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#10 of 25

Do you work well on your own?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
I am pretty independent but I am not afraid to ask questions when I need to.
 
2.
I'm a pretty independent person. I like to figure things out on my own but I am not afraid to ask questions or ask for help if needed.
 
3.
I am a very dependable person in the salon. I am always on time and will always show 15 minutes before each shift. I like to stay busy even when I do not have clients whether it is cleaning or watching how another stylist works.
 
4.
Very dependent.
 
5.
I am very dependable I try to be early to a job instead of right on time i generally get to work 10-15 minutes before im suppose to be there. Im dependable when you need extra help. I like to stay busy and if i see something that needs to be done and i know how to do it i will just do it.
 
6.
I like helping out in other situations when needed.
 
7.
Very dependent very dedicated to my job and my family.
 
8.
I am very dependent and dedicated in what i do in my career.
 
9.
Very dependant.
 
10.
Very dependent always on time.
 

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#11 of 25

Do you have any experience with events?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Yes I have and I have two more wedding I will be working on I am very exited to be working it and make them look beautiful.
 
2.
Yes, I have done a brides hair for her wedding. It was so much fun to be able to make her feel beautiful for her big day!
 
3.
Yes, I have worked weddings. Being prepared and giving a thorough consultation is a must. These events are usually very important to the clients therefore the stylist must be clear with what they are doing.
 
4.
Oh yeah. i was in fashion shows. and also i had to flight to boston to do make up and hair of the bride and bridemates.
 
5.
Yes i have.
 
6.
Yes i did and is really fun to share what you can do to people.
 
7.
I have worked on weddings before mainly doing the hairstyles for little girls.
 
8.
Prepare . Make sure you have an idea of what they are wanting for this special day.
 
9.
Not specifically for a wedding, but I have worked on hair for a hair competion and also before a fashion show.
 
10.
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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#12 of 25

Describe your typical day at work.

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Cleaning up, setting up for the day, taking clients, retail sales.
 
2.
Making sure everything is nice and tighty for the next costemer.
 
3.
They are to teach my students the basic skills of cosmetoloy, meaning personal hygiene, hair and nail care, while helping them reach their full learning potential.
 
4.
To style and create hairstyles have good cummunicating skills with client, work well with other emlpoyees,continuos education.
 
5.
Manicures, pedicures, opening and closing duties, helping out team members, exception customer service.
 
6.
How does your career affect your personal life?
 
7.
how much education is required for this occupation
 
8.
My responsibilities would probably would be to make sure that every client walks out happy. To make sure that I am educated in everything I can put my hand on.
 
9.
Be on time, be as professional as possible, do as I am asked.
 
10.
Say on task with. Making sure you are doing what need to be doon.
 

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#13 of 25

Tell me about a time when a customer was not satisfied with the service you provided. How did you handle it?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I actually have a good attitude and put on a smile. I try to help them and try to see what kind of personality they have and work with that.
 
2.
Talk with them while getting their hair done..
 
3.
Comunication and consultations.
 
4.
Communicate consultation ask how was your day show consern give scalp massage to relax them.
 
5.
I first intrduce myself and then refer them by their their first name and then we would go into a consultaion.
 
6.
Lauphing smiling talking.
 
7.
Compliment them! even if you don't like what you complimented on.. talk to them and make them feel comfortable and relaxed.
 
8.
very well
 
9.
very well
 
10.
Ask alot of open ended questions.
 

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#14 of 25

What hair styles do you believe look the best for women?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Depending upon the particular client I like to ask how much styling time they are willing to put into it. It is always important to do a proper consultation because what you may want to do for the clients hair, the client also has to be willing and know how to recreate the look.
 
2.
The best lokk for a women is one that suits her facial features and body type. One that enchances her beauty and diminshes her flaws.
 
3.
It depends. I like to see women who have good hair and embrace it by styling it different ways. I think depending on your personal style and what looks best on you, you should choose the style you want.
 
4.
Depends on the facial shape and hair color.
 
5.
The natural look.
 
6.
I believe that long hair cute with long layering is the best look for women.
 
7.
It absolutely depends on their face and lifestyle. No one cut will look good on every woman. All of my clients are unique in their own way!
 
8.
It depends on their faceshape and personality. Alot of different people can pull off anything.
 
9.
It all depends on the individual face shape, age, head shape, bone structure and above all their personal style because if they are not comfortable with the results, then they will never be able to pull it off no matter how good it looks.
 
10.
Every women has their own identity and style. You need to inquire about those things and work together to create what is best.
 

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#15 of 25

Where do you see yourself in five years?

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I have a passion for it so i dont see myself stopping anytime soon .
 
2.
For 20 years maybe more
 
3.
The rest of my life.
 
4.
I don't know i have already developed osteoathritis in my body i can't tell you how long.
 
5.
Until I retire. Being a cosmetologist is something I've dreamed of my entire life.
 
6.
I think I will stay working forever because I enjoy it so much.
 
7.
I love the hair so much that I would probably stay doing it for years to come and enjoy every moment of it.
 
8.
For many years to come hopefully, it is something I want to both gain more experience in and keep on learning about new trends and styles.
 
9.
I believe styling is something I will do for the rest of my life, weather it be in a salon, on a runway, or out of my own home.
 
10.
I plan on styling hair until I become unable to style anymore.
 

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#16 of 25

Describe your dream job.

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I would love to work for a paul mitchell salon because I love the products. Basically, any salon I can be myself and enjoy what I'm doing is ideal.
 
2.
Paul mitchell they are very grounded in everything they do.
 
3.
Any company who has a great working environment and who truly values and shows customers that they are valued as well.
 
4.
Design Essential. The company is a multi culture company.
 
5.
I would love to work for a company that supports their team members. I want the company to take me in as one of their own as a family.
 
6.
A small and unique salon. Small because I believe being personal with one another is important to everyday life and customer satisfaction. Unique because creativity is a huge part of styling.
 
7.
David Scott ... The diversity.
 
8.
My ideal would to be owning my own shop.
 
9.
Fantastic sams, or city limits.
 
10.
I like to work for corporations because you are always kept up to date and supplied with traing classes as well.
 

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#17 of 25

Tell me about your training. What did you like most about it? What didn't you like?

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Yes. I am currently enrolled in the cosmetology program at CCTE and I have 1250 hours. I need 1500 to take the State Board Exam.
 
2.
Yes, I completed my education at Fortis and am currently going on to get my Associates Degree, also I feel that Advanced Training Classes and Hair Shows are great addition to make u more knowledgable
 
3.
Yes a cosmetology liscence and a teachers license.
 
4.
Yes 2000 hrs and now state license.
 
5.
Yes I have I have done redkeen class matrix class.
 
6.
Yes, I had 1 year of training at Aveda Institute and received my cosmetology license shortly after completion.
 
7.
Yes have worked in the industry for 20 plus years and have started part time as an educator and have come to realize that that is the direction I choose to follow.
 
8.
Yes. I went to penrose academy and I graduate may 13, 2015.
 
9.
I received a Bsc. Degree from Vancouver island university in Canada.
 
10.
Yes My Junior and seinor year of highschool.
 

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#18 of 25

What techniques do you enjoy while styling hair?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I lyk to experiment a lot...so if a customer has very good hair...i excell in this technique wich is my favourite!!
 
2.
I love completely enhancing the entire look, the hair color, cut and style.
 
3.
how do you color hair?
 
4.
I love the finish because all my work is done and my client could see the finished product.
 
5.
Always have some sort of thermal styling simply because I know that it always gives hair styles a smoother better look.
 
6.
I love to round brush hair . Also full foils and partial foils are fun.
 
7.
I enjoy working with the different products available.
 
8.
I enjoy everything but I would have to sa I really like doing hair coloring.
 
9.
I absolutely love braiding hair, whether it be the classic French braid, or the unique Dutch braid, or the beautiful waterfall braid.
 
10.
I love doing beqachy curls quincenera hairstyles and all about that .
 

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#19 of 25

Where do you gain your inspiration for trying new trends, styles?

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
No it doesn't it really depends in what salon your working at and how many hours you work.
 
2.
Not really but if I get to learn about style then I could help them out.
 
3.
Not at all.
 
4.
No it doesnt.
 
5.
Yes, they now want me to do their hair!
 
6.
Not really.
 
7.
No it doesn't.
 
8.
what do you maean?
 
9.
What are the requirements of a cosmetologists?
 
10.
pin curl just because not many people who wear the styles
 

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#20 of 25

Tell me about your experience coloring hair and working with color-treated hair.

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1.
o
 
2.
3 years of coloring like i said i'm not to fun of coloring but i will do it,
 
3.
I have colored my hair every color under the sun. So I've been coloring since my teen years.
 
4.
How to put A COLOR ON HAIR?
 
5.
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.
 
6.
I have 3 years of experience but I also went to a great school that taught me more then most school do.
 
7.
Unfortunately coloring hair is something I am not so much experienced with but definitely willing and eager to learn more about. Hair color is such an amazing art.
 
8.
I have not had alot of experience on coloring hair.
 
9.
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.
 
10.
No just I was doing in school.
 

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#21 of 25

Why do you want to work for us?

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#22 of 25

Tell me about a difficult work situation. How did you handle it?

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#23 of 25

Tell me about your strengths.

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#24 of 25

Tell me about an area you could improve upon.

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#25 of 25

Are you a team player?
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