Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics students have the valuable opportunity to perform mock interviews with local industry professionals. We are grateful to have guest representatives from well-known and boutique spas who give their time to our students. The interviews are conducted like a typical interview with the addition of coaching. For the second part of the class our guest interviewers share an abundance of tips and recommendations for consideration before embarking on the interview process.
Joey Detenber, Bliss, Starwood, W Hotel
- Joey prefers to engage with a freeform, organic interview. He encourages interviewees to be honest. Be yourself.
- Be sure to include SensAbility in your list of Spa Experience on your resume.
- I look for quality and professionalism in your resume, appearance and makeup.
- We are looking for people with an entrepreneurial spirit who are creative and savvy marketers.
- It is extremely important that the interviewee has clearly done their research on the company and spa.
- Additional licenses are highly recommended. Candidates who have triple licenses go to the top of the list. For example if you are licensed in massage therapy, esthetics and nails you bring strong assets that benefit you and the company.
- Starwood, W Hotel offers full time staff members great health benefits and a 401K.
Melanie Ellis, Spa Sydell
- Research your interviewer on LinkedIn. Be familiar with the company mission, background and founder.
- Clean up your social media if needed. Inappropriate content and images can be a detriment.
- Research Glassdoor, an online service that helps you find a job and company you love. Listings include reviews, salaries, benefits, and interview questions.
- Your passion is the most important thing to us at Sydell. We love when people come to interviews with their story and background that lead them to becoming an esthetician.
- Prepare for the “weakness” question. Most interviewers will ask you to share your greatest asset and weakness. You can respond with turning the weakness into a positive.
- Today many interviews include questions about how you would handle certain situations, or behavior interviews.
- I really appreciate a thank you note. Let them know you appreciated the time even if you are not interested in the opportunity.
- Go to as many interviews as you can, practice will be helpful.
Barbara Clayton, More Than A Pretty Face
- Selling is a must, don’t be intimidated about skincare product sales. The worst that can happen is they say “no”. Thats not to be taken personally.
- In order to be successful one has to be a “thinking esthetician”, utilizing your outside-of-the-box creativity and entrepreneurial skills.
- Don’t just follow a protocol, be creative.
Jack Brownfield, Massage Envy
- Respect, trust and safety are just as important as technique and skill.
- Take your experience here with you. Students are treated with love and respect here. Treat your client the same way.
- When you are with your client, be present, it’s all about them.
- Convey what you have to offer and learn what the business can do for you. Each needs to nurture the growth of the other.
- Research the spa or company. Be a secret shopper. Observing the receptionist, clients, therapists and estheticians will give a you a lot of information to help you determine if a spa or company is the right fit.