What is a Beautician Job?
In general, a beautician is an individual who works in a salon, usually as a hair stylist. Sometimes, though, beauticians are trained in providing many types of beauty and personal care services, from manicures to brow waxes to makeup applications. The types of services you’ll be able to provide as a beautician will depend on the studies you have. For example, even if you’re studying as a cosmetologist and can perform hair care services.
When you attend school to train as a cosmetologist, you’ll learn which types of services you enjoy providing. No matter the type of services you decide to offer, you will need to learn proper sanitation practices so that your clients will experience a safe salon visit.
Hair treatment specialists usually referred to as cosmetologists, provide more than just haircuts. As a cosmetologist, you’d offer many services to your clients, including permanents, conditioning treatments, hair styling, coloring, and trims. You might also perform some of these services on wigs or hairpieces. If you worked with male clients only, you’d be considered a barber, and you’d likely trim or shave facial hair as well.
Beautician work as Nail technicians are beauticians who provide manicures and pedicures. As a manicurist, you might give natural manicures in which you’d shape, buff and polish nails, or you might apply artificial nails with adhesives. Pedicures focus on the feet and often involve massage along with treatment of the toenails.
Beauticians who work in skin care are called estheticians. In this position, you would focus on keeping a client’s skin looking young and healthy, often by providing facials, peels and moisturizing treatments. You would perform hair removal services, such as waxing, and with extra training, you might also offer laser hair removal. Many estheticians provide makeup consultations and applications, as well.
As a beautician, you might be employed by a salon, or you might lease a chair or a booth from a salon owner. If you lease a workspace, you probably won’t be provided with healthcare insurance or have taxes withheld from your check; instead, you’ll take care of these services yourself. You might also pay a fee to the salon owner for the leased space. To advance as a beautician, you could become proficient in business and marketing areas and open your own salon.
Beautician Interview Questions
- What do you like and dislike about being a beautician?
- What subjects were your favorites in beauty school?
- What subjects didn’t you like?
- Why are you interested in working at this salon?
- What attributes or skills can you offer this salon?
- Do you have a following of clients?
- What are some newly introduced techniques and trends in manicures, pedicures, and skincare?
- How do you keep up with the latest styles and trends?
- How do you suggest treatments, cosmetics and skin therapies to your clients?
- How do you greet a client if the salon is fully booked?
- How do you decide priorities when scheduling time?
- Do you think you are overqualified for this position?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
- Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?
- How do you handle conflict amongst coworkers?
- What would your salon colleagues say about you?
- How do you handle an unhappy customer?
- How do you react to instruction from the customer?
- When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
- How do you deal with compromise?
Tips for Acing Your Beautician Interview
During interviews, as you can see from the questions above, your interviewer will be interested in learning about your technical skills as a beautician. Interviewers will also ask questions to reveal your soft skills, particularly your ability to get along co-workers (interpersonal skills) and your problem-solving skills. Here are some tips for doing well at your beautician interview.
- Presentation matters. This is one interview where appearance counts. Interviewers may evaluate your hair, nails, makeup, and how you carry yourself during your conversation. Keep your grooming polished and professional, and make sure to dress appropriately as well.
- Show up on time. Time management is a key skill for beauticians, who can have a fully scheduled day. Show up to the interview a few minutes before the scheduled start time. Turn your phone off (or set it to be silent) so that you do not get distracted during the interview.
- Research the salon. Spend some time on the salon’s website. Check out online reviews and scan the salon’s social media accounts. Be aware of what customers like – and do not like – about the salon, as well as the services the salon offers. Look for services the salon doesn’t currently offer that you might be able to provide. As well, use this research to help you prepare questions to ask during the interview.
- Be prepared with stories. During the interview, you may be asked questions about how you deal with challenging customers, co-worker conflicts, time management issues, and so much more. Take a look at the skills listed above, and think of stories that show off your abilities in these areas.
- Stay positive. Avoid being negative about former co-workers and salons. Stay positive and avoid insults and complaints. You never know how people are connected, so it’s best to keep it professional and avoid gossip.