You’re fresh off cosmetology school and are looking for an entry-level position at a salon. Or maybe you’re a salon professional who is in between jobs, and are looking for better career options. You already know how you will answer some of the most common interview questions. Thinking that you aced the interview, you got stumped by what the interviewer said next: “Do you have any questions for me?”
In any field of business, this is actually a question that you should expect and prepare for. Find out why it is a must for you to ask your interviewer questions when applying for a job, and which questions can be suitably asked in the cosmetology industry.
Should You Even be Asking the Interviewer Questions when Applying for a Job?
The simple answer to this question is yes. Why would an interviewer give you an opening to ask him or her questions, when the interview is supposed to be all about you? Remember that hiring an employee for a job placement should be beneficial for both the applicant and the employer. By learning which aspects of the job you are interested in, the interviewer can gauge whether you are a good fit for the company or not.
In fact, Human Resource experts say that these questions can make or break your chances of getting placed for the job. If you ask a question just for the sake of asking one, it means that you couldn’t care less what the job entails. If you ask a question that has already been addressed during the interview, it means you are not listening. If you ask a question that is not related at all to the job description, it means that you have no idea what you are applying for. If you ask a question about the company with an answer that is readily available online or on the company’s website, it means that you did not do your research. Can you now see how important it is to ask the interviewer questions after an interview?
Questions to Ask a Salon Owner during an Interview
Now, since you are applying for a job at a salon, you will most probably be interviewed by the owner. Here’s a list of general and specific questions that you can ask during an interview:
• Do you provide training to improve the skills that your salon staff already has?
• Do you have any feedback or comments for me so that I can analyse and improve my strengths, and address my shortcomings?
• Is there a particular skill you’d like me to demonstrate to show you that I’m a great fit for this job?
• Is there anything else we have not covered which you think is important to know about working here?
• How long do you usually make a decision, and when can I expect to hear back from you?
All in all, the questions should be smart and engaging. Prepare as many questions as you can but don’t ask them if they have already been addressed during the interview. You would be expected to ask at least a couple of questions so think carefully about what you would like to know from the salon owner during the interview.