Salon Owners - How to prepare for a 1st interview

Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2021 by Emma BradyNo comments

Interviewing for anyone can be really daunting! Not only for the interviewee but the salon owner too. Being prepared and knowing how to ask the right question and what order. Will ensure you recruit the best talent for your salon.

How to prepare the salon for an interview

  • Prepare the area you are going to interview with chairs ready. – No one wants to awkwardly move chairs into position!
  • Make sure you have a water jug available and cups. Talking lots and being nervous can make you have a dry mouth.
  • Set the salon with music good background music. Not too loud, you want to hear the apprentice clearly over the music. It also sets the mood and reduces the moment of any awkward silences.
  • Turn your phone on silent once the interviewee enters the salon. If you want your apprentice to give 100% you need to set the standards right from the start. The only person that can do that is you.
  • Have a notebook and questions ready and a pen that works.

Don’t forget

The person your interviewing WILL be nervous. Make them at ease as much as possible and ensure the conversation flows.

When you sit down with the person you are interviewing. Let them know the format of the interview and how long it will last approximately. This will make them at ease as they know what to expect.

“Thank you, Sarah, for coming to see me today! Today is going to be an informal chat for me to get to know a bit more about you and for you to ask me questions regarding the apprenticeship. Please feel free to ask questions as we go along. The interview will last about 30 mins.”

Break down the interview into three sections, a bit like a story. Getting to know the person first. Making them relaxed for you to delve deeper into their personality.

The middle is when you really find out about their goals and aspirations. And how much they want to be a hairdresser. And finally, find out more about their personality a lovely way to finish your interview. 

The getting to know you……

  • How long have you been hairdressing?
  • Tell me a little about yourself that is not on your CV.
  • What has prompted you to search for a new job?
  • Why would you like to work with us?
  • What is the hardest decision you have had to make?
  • Who helped you to make this decision?
  • Who are your biggest influences?


  • How did you hear about my salon
  • What’s inspired you to want to be a hairdresser?
  • Have you always wanted to be a hairdresser?
  • Tell me what your ideal day in the salon would be like.
  • What hairstyle/colour would you most like to improve on?
  • What interested you more colour or cutting?
  • Who in the hair industry inspires you?
  • Have you previously entered competitions?
  • What does success look like to you?
  • Where is your dream holiday?


  • What made them smile today?
  • How would their best friend describe them?
  • How would their best friend describe them?
  • What do they like doing in their spare time?
  • How have they overcome boredom whilst in lockdown?
  • If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?
  • Do you have a vision for the future?
  • If you could change anything in the world or personally right now, what would it be?


How to end the interview…

It’s important for a positive end to an interview. Even if you feel the person is not right for your salon. Leaving a positive impression will go a long way.


 Suitable stylist you would like to 2nd interview


 “Sarah, thank you for your time today. I think I have enough information for the moment. Are there questions you would like to ask before we finish?


Ok, what I’d like to do is let you have a think about what we have discussed. Can you please call me on my mobile Wednesday after 4 pm (2 days after the interview) to let me know your thoughts about moving forward?”


 Unsuitable stylist


“Thank you for your time today. I think I have enough information for the moment. Are there questions you would like to ask before we finish?


 I have a few more candidates to see later this week. I will call you in 2 days’ time and give you feedback on how the interview went today”

 We hope this document has helped you to prepare for the first interview!



Founder @jobsinhairdressing



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