Interview Questions for a Cosmetology Teacher


Cosmetology teachers teach make-up application, skin care management and educate students about piercing practices and procedures. However, teaching about these technical skills is only part of the daily work of a cosmetology teacher. This role requires instruction on the business side of cosmetology, such as meeting government safety standards, and developing effective customer service.

Industry Experience

  • Ask prospective cosmetology instructors about their experience working within the industry. Inquire about their knowledge of the particular type of cosmetics and related products you use in your school. Hiring instructors that have contacts within the industry, are aware of the latest industry trends and know your product line will ensure your students are trained to the standards of your school. Questions like, "What brands do you typically work with?" and, "What were your accomplishments when working in the cosmetology industry?" will prompt candidates for detailed answers.

Teaching Experience

  • Ask if the prospective candidate has teaching experience and if so, what methods of instruction they prefer to use. Inquire about their training in cosmetology instruction and take note of any specialty courses. Always ask if the candidate is open to completing additional training in the field of cosmetology instruction as part of her duties. Questions such as, "What makes a good cosmetology instructor?" will meet your needs when assessing teaching experience.

Curriculum Design

  • A new cosmetology school requires curriculum design and development: creating courses, evaluation systems and planning the work flow. An existing cosmetology school needs instructors that can update curriculum for industry standards and beauty trends. Seek portfolio samples from the candidates and ask the candidate to review the course sample with you. Questions that ask a candidate to describe courses they have developed and how those courses meet industry and salon standard help your team assess the instructor's potential for creating winning curricula.

Safety and Customer Service

  • Safety and hygiene are important in the cosmetology profession. Having instructors educate students on the importance of sterilizing supplies, especially piercing tools, and ensuring compliance with relevant occupational health and safety laws are key topics for discussion in the interview. Present candidates with a series of questions on safety and hygiene and ask them to select the best response; ask other open-ended questions about why safety is important. A knowledge of customer service and relationship development is also an important skill for a cosmetology instructor; inquire about knowledge through questions such as, "How do you teach students to be customer-service leaders?"

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