Top 25 Cosmetologist Interview Questions
1. What excites you about designing hair styles?
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November 21st, 2014

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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Cosmetologist Interview Questions
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Tell me about your experience styling hair?
 
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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.
 
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3 of 25
What aspect of doing hair is most challenging for you?
 
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I don't have a style I don't like working on because they all present different challenges.
 
2.
I don't like doing real fancy updos.
 
3.
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.
 
4.
Micro braids and corn roll style braids.
 
5.
There's nothing that I'm not willing to work on.
 
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4 of 25
How do you communicate with clients who are introverted or shy?
 
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I'm a very outgoing person when it come to working with other people.
 
2.
Very outgoing I consider my self to be a people person I love making people laugh.
 
3.
I would say that I am a very outgoing person.
 
4.
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.
 
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5 of 25
How do you help clients choose the best hair style?
 
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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.
 
4.
Anything at all is fun for me.
 
5.
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?
 
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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.
 
2.
By asking them personal questions, having them get use to me and gaining trust with them.
 
3.
Ask them how they're doing. What they like to do like hobby and stuff.
 
4.
I build relationships with customers by being trustworthy and honest.
 
5.
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.
 
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7 of 25
When did you decide to become a cosmetologist?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
I have always enjoyed cosmetology it something I have wanted to do since I was a little girl.
 
4.
At a fairly young age, I was probably in the 7th grade.
 
5.
I decide to become a cosmetologist when I was in High School.
 
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8 of 25
Tell me about your customer service 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.
 
2.
The experience I have is from beauty school and I've had many returning customers.
 
3.
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.
 
5.
I worked in customer services before and always done while building customer relations.
 
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9 of 25
Do you have any experience with men's hair styles?
 
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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.
 
3.
I have worked at two Men's Salons, so I would say I am very experienced with mens hair cuts.
 
4.
I do have some experience with men's hair styles. I'm still continuing training.
 
5.
I only have men's clipper cut.
 
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10 of 25
Do you work well on your own?
 
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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.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
I am not really dependent, I try to be independent.
 
4.
I don't think i'm dependent on others and I consider myself as a dependable person.
 
5.
I'm not very dependent at all! I'm a pretty independent person.
 
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11 of 25
Do you have any experience with events?
 
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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.
 
3.
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.
 
4.
Yes, I've done proms and sweet 16
 
5.
Yes. I styled my daughters hair for my wedding. I also styled friends hair for prom and events in the past.
 
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12 of 25
Describe your typical day at work.
 
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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.
 
3.
To be responsible and care about clients.
 
4.
My principal duties and responsibilities are doing well in school.
 
5.
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.
 
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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?
 
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I'm always very friendly and ask how their doing.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
Professionally. They are there to get a service and relax. Having a positive attitude and making sure their needs are taken care of.
 
4.
I interact with customers by being open.
 
5.
Very well. I am a outgoing person and will talk with anyone. I am also good at just listening when need be.
 
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14 of 25
What hair styles do you believe look the best for women?
 
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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.
 
2.
This depends on the women.....Antthing can look good if pulled off correctly with confidence and a smile.
 
3.
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.
 
4.
I personally like a shorter hair cut on a woman almost like a long bob.
 
5.
Hairstyles should be customized to each woman’s facial features and lifestyle.
 
Question
15 of 25
Where do you see yourself in five years?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am pursuing this a career.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
As long as my fingers and eyes work proficiently!!
 
4.
Until I no longer can. I plan to make a career out of it.
 
5.
Its what I plan to do with my future.
 
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16 of 25
Describe your dream job.
 
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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.
 
3.
I honestly don't have any ideal company for me anything is good.
 
4.
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.
 
5.
A company who allows independent creativity and is able to keep a clean safe environment for it's workers and clients.
 
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17 of 25
Tell me about your training. What did you like most about it? What didn't you like?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I've gone to cosmetology at boces for the last two years.
 
2.
Yes. I went to penrose academy and I graduate may 13, 2015.
 
3.
Yes I went to Auburn Career center for 2 years to get my beauty certificate.
 
4.
Yes My Junior and seinor year of highschool.
 
5.
I received a Bsc. Degree from Vancouver island university in Canada.
 
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18 of 25
What techniques do you enjoy while styling hair?
 
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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.
 
2.
I enjoy doing different styles and techniques.
 
3.
I love to curl hair, I really enjoy to wave hair as well. Braids are also something that I have always enjoyed.
 
4.
To get to know the customer and see what type of person they are while deciding what to do and what they will like.
 
5.
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
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Hours would have to be not too crazy, but a regular full time work day would be more than suitable.
 
2.
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.
 
3.
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.
 
5.
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.
 
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20 of 25
Tell me about your experience coloring hair and working with color-treated hair.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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.
 
3.
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.
 
5.
I have 3 years of experience but I also went to a great school that taught me more then most school do.
 
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21 of 25
Are you a team player?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am.I am very flexible and can pitch in , in almost any situation.
 
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22 of 25
Why do you want to work for us?
 
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Supercity! Is a household name with ano excellent reputition.A team I'll be happy to be a part of.
 
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23 of 25
Tell me about your strengths.
 
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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.
 
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24 of 25
Tell me about an area you could improve upon.
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Corrective color.As fascinating as it is, its challenging.
 
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25 of 25
Tell me about a difficult work situation. How did you handle it?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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.
 
Contributing Author
Elisabeth Walter
HR Consultant
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Christine Pasqueretta
HR Executive
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