10 Things To Ask During An Interview


Build your team for the busy holiday season. Ten industry experts were asked their favorite interview question. Here are #10things you can ask during the hiring process to acquire top talent.

  1. “What do you value most in life and why?” This is a great way to find out if their values align with the company’s core values.
    –Vito Mazzo Jr., president of Vito Mazzo Salon & Spa (Woodbridge, NJ)
  2. “What is your favorite skin care product and why?” I want to be the customer while they sell it to me. See how comfortable they are with the process and speaking on their feet.
    –Erica Connor, director of retail operations for Dermalogica’s concept stores (New York City and Santa Monica, CA)
  3. “Tell me about a time when you exceeded your client’s expectations.” I like giving the applicant time to brag about themselves; it shows me how confident they are with opening up to guests.
    –Deborah Larsson, spa director at SLS Hotel (Beverly Hills, CA)
  4. “What gives your soul juice?” I love finding out what gives people their drive.
    –Dean Banowetz, celebrity hair stylist (Los Angeles)
  5. “What are your thoughts on teamwork and professional community?” It helps to understand how people get along with others and what drives them…especially in a commission environment where teamwork is important.
    –Megan Linney, spa director of the Red Rock Resort Spa (Las Vegas)
  6. “Where do you see yourself in five years?” You can gauge if their goals and priorities are in line with those of your company.
    –Marie Burge’t-Bautista, director of operations for Maack Management (Wilmington, DE)
  7. “How will working with our company move you towards your career goals?” It tells me if they did their research on our company and have an authentic interest.
    –Herman Sentker, co-founder of MUSE Beauty Pro (San Francisco)
  8. “What is the biggest inspiration you have for entering this industry?” I want to see where they are in their life and their ambition.
    –Liv Contreras, founder of Lashes by Liv (San Francisco)


  9. “What is your favorite thing about this business and how will you contribute to the business?” This helps me determine which candidates want a job and which candidates want THIS position.
    – Lisa Thomure, manager of Skin on Market (San Francisco)


  10. “How do you want your client to feel after an experience with you?” It’s important to know if they are just driven by money and not passionate about the results.
    –Lorean Cairns, co-founder and creative director, Fox and Jane (New York)
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Founder and owner of the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology since 2002, Deedee Crossett is an industry pioneer for raising the bar of undergraduate education for cosmetologists and estheticians. She can be reached at www.facebook.com/deedee.crossett and Twitter @DeedeeCrossett #10things.

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