I have selected a career in the beauty industry because right from my early ages I have been very much inclined towards anything that is artistic and creative. I was always very much attracted towards artistic stuffs like gardening, painting, cooking and several other such activities. This is because I was very much creative right from my childhood. This interest kept on increasing as I grew up. I observed that my interest grew towards the field of beauty and fashion. This is because I found the world of beauty to be one of the most innovative, artistic, creative and beautiful one. Moreover I knew that if I choose to pursue my career in this field then I will be one among the very few fortunate ones who can earn their living through their hobby. Moreover I came across many people who often become the victims of criticism and bullying due to their dark complexion or their skin problems. I wanted to help those people by sharing some beauty tips with them and making their lives beautiful. Hence, I need to keep on experimenting and gaining knowledge about the upcoming trends in the field of beauty. I also need to interact with a large number of people in order to know their problems and help them out with the beauty tips that might be best suited for them.
In order to work as a beautician in the Huda beauty industry, I need to get a proper degree from a well known and affiliated college in makeup industry. La Beauty College is one of the leading well known colleges that provide courses in this field. As I have not gained a college certified degree I need to get an admission in one of such well known colleges that I can carry on my career properly in the future days. I have to keep in mind that professional certificates are of utmost importance in the modern day scenario. Being in t he make up industry I need to get myself admitted in a college because customers in the modern day always seek out for professional with well known degrees (Tuten and Solomon 2017.) It is also totally justified because they cannot risk themselves by coming to a beautician who does not have any proper recognized degree. Before getting an admission I must thoroughly concentrate on the summer course that I have joined. Being a beautician I will have to deal with many different clients from all across the world. This is one of the most important aspects of the present day business scenario to operate over a large geographic area. As the beauty parlor is in Dubai, it is an obvious fact that Arabic will be the main language for me to converse with the clients. However I need to improve over my English speaking skills. I must inculcate the habit of reading a variety of English story books and newspapers and also watch several English programs so that I can improve myself. I must remember that I will have to interact with a large number of clients each with different social and multilingual background. Unless I gain proficiency in English I will be unable to interact with the non Arabic speaking customers. I need to remove all the language barriers from myself so that there is no problem in understanding the clients and their requirements. I must also maintain a dictionary that would translate the Arabic or any other language to English. I will also install an app in my phone that will act as a dictionary or a language translator and will easily help me in translating and understanding the non English words into English with their proper meaning. Being part of a beauty industry I need to keep myself updated with all the upcoming trends in the world of beauty. I also need to be socially active so that I can stay updated about any and every beauty products that are being newly launched in the market (Peltokorpi and Vaara 2014). I use social apps like snap chat and instagram where I add a large number of followers in order to get proper feedback from them regarding my service towards them and also to get an idea about their expectation. I also follow the other beauty and make up industries that are the competitors (Wilkinson et al 2014.) This gives me an idea about what more innovations is to be brought in Huda Beauty Company for satisfying the customers in a way beyond the reach of the competitors. I also make sure to post about all the new beauty products or beauty tips on my social media pages so that there is a good advertisement of our company. Social media in the modern day scenario is one of the most popular public domain.
This mock interview has been very helpful for me as I gained a good experience about the client interaction sessions that I will have to go through several times in the course of my career. I also realized this from the interview that I had good knowledge about the skills needed to carry on a career in this field. As per the interviewer feedback I had good knowhow about the knowledge and skills that one will require to work in this field (Wolf 2013). This is because of my past work experience. I had previously worked in one of my cousin’s salon, so I have gained a good knowledge in this field. I have gained knowledge about the different skills a good beautician and makeup artist must have. I have seen that a beautician needs to have a good knowledge about the skin types of all his customers. This is because the skin type varies from person tom person and a beautician has to use only those beauty solutions that would match the skin type of all the customers. Apart from this, I can also this from my personal experience that the customers would always go for a beautician who is a good listener. A beautician often has to do the work of a psychiatrist or a councilor. During my working period at my cousin’s salon, I had a good reputation because as per the opinion of my customers I was a very good listener and I could support them emotionally and morally. I always made sure that keep proper control over my temperament. I never mingled my personal life with my professional life. I never misbehaved with my clients and gave enough time to understand their problems. I came across many customers who were not only in need of assistance to look beautiful but they also needed someone who would help them to gain their lost confidence. There were clients who had a dark skin or several skin problems and it is also for this reason that they became the victims of several insults and bullying at their schools, work places and even at their families. I invested a lot of time to hear and understand their experiences and then assured them that it is not a sin to have a dark skin or any skin problems. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and would suggest them the best beauty products and beauty therapies with the help of rest of my colleagues. I could realize that this helped the clients a great deal. They could find a ray of hope and also gained back their confidence. Trust factor is another important skill that one needs in this industry. Hence, I must work on these abilities to nurture them as they will be helpful in the future days as well.
The question that I faced trouble with was the challenges that I come across in my work field. I was not really very clear while answering this because I am a fresher in the beauty industry. Though I had some past experience in this field but this world of beauty and make up industry is huge in itself for me to explore within a short period of time (Jeffreys 2014). Moreover I was a new employee in the Huda beauty company and I was not properly used to the challenges that are often faced here. I also did not have sufficient knowledge about the company. As I was a fresher in this company I also did not get time to open up with any employee in details.
Thereby, I could conclude from this interview that I need to get an admission in one of the well known beauty colleges in order to get a degree and also to gain a good knowhow about the pros and cons of working in a beauty industry. I will have to brush up my English speaking skills so that I can easily converse with a large number of clients and get their feedbacks as well. I will also have to get a good about of information about the company and the different ways in which it undertakes its work. I will have to talk with any well known beauty expert or makeup artist to get proper advice regarding the work ethics and work principles of this company. I will also have to increase my confidence because Huda Beauty Company is a very well known company and has a good customer base. So, in future I will have to interact with a large number of customers coming from different backgrounds. So, I will have to be much more confident while speaking with them and will have to develop my skill in the field of English language speaking that I face no language barriers while dealing with the clients. If I am unable to understand their language then I will never be able to solve their problems and they will get irritated and this in turn will be a major setback for the entire business.
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