So, you’ve finished your barber training, now what? You may have been to college, trained with us here at the academy or even done an apprenticeship and now you’re ready to apply for your first job (or even a new job) but as it’s all-new, you may not be sure what to do in a barber interview.
When you’re first starting out as a barber you may not be thinking about renting out a chair or opening your own shop, this is something that can come in time, so the best place to start is often in a barber shop working for someone else. Here are some things to think about when you’re looking to find a job as a barber!
Things to Think About
Just like applying for any job, we all know connections are important. You may have connected with someone in the place you get your hair cut, through a friend, on social media or even during your training. Think about who you can reach out to about potential job openings.
Not every barber shop will require a CV, but it’s always a good idea to have one. One page is just fine, you can add past roles and detail where you did your training or got your qualifications. References are a good idea too! In addition to this, you should begin creating a portfolio of your work, you can set up an Instagram page to do this, or invest in a sleek binder and have some of your high-quality images printed!
The main thing to consider when you’re getting your first job is whether there are senior barbers there that would be willing to help you grow as a barber.
Think about the potential for growth when you’re starting out, the last thing you want is to work somewhere where there’s no opportunity for development.
Think about things you want to ask too, just don’t start with money as the first question. Do your research about where you’re applying, look at their social media profiles and make some notes. It can’t hurt to look at their competitors too. It’s also good to think about your skills and what you can bring to the job.
Use Social Media to your Advantage
Think about yourself as a brand. Use your social media profiles to showcase yourself and your skills. Consider starting a new Instagram profile for yourself as a barber. You could:
- Use this to show what you’ve learned during your training.
- Showcase your best cuts and beard trims.
- Post your progression.
- Talk about things relevant to the industry such as your kit and products.
- Use it as a tool to connect with others to network and learn from.
However, be mindful about what you post. Always ask clients if it’s ok to post their cut on your social media. Consider what you say and always remain professional. Social media can be a great portfolio tool and something that grows as you do.
What you Might be Asked
This can be quite a tricky one to prepare for. Some people may ask you quite generic things, others may go in another direction. There will be obvious things specific to the role, but for your first job or more junior roles, chances are there will be things that a potential employer will really want to know.
Here are a few things you may be asked:
- What experience and qualifications do you have?
- What cuts do you know?
- Why do you want to work here?
You may also be asked to do a live demonstration or as it’s also known, a trade test. You will either have a model supplied or be asked to bring one or more with you. This is a way of finding out more about how you work and seeing you in action. The potential employer will be looking to see your skills and what you’re capable of.
It never hurts to look the part. If the barber shop is active on social media, you should be able to gauge what kind of thing to wear, but it’s good to pay extra attention to your hair and beard if you have one! If you’re not sure about something, there’s never any harm in asking what the dress code is for an interview.
The main thing is to make sure you’re prepared, ask the potential employer in advance of your interview if you need to clarify anything. Really think about what you can bring to the job, not just as someone who cuts hair, but how you represent the business, how you deal with customers and who you are as a person.
You’ve done your training, you’re ready to progress and learn so make sure you showcase your passion and let them know why you’re the best person for the job. Good luck!