E027: How to Win Awards & Our Ultimate Interview Questions with Hollie and Ryan Power #27

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Episode Show Notes

If you’ve listened to recent episodes of The Salonology Show, you’ll have perhaps built up the confidence to make your first hire – what perfect time for Simone’s question this week on the vital questions you should ask at every interview!


We’re loving the questions this week that have us musing on the work behind winning awards (and picking the right ones to enter), what brings us joy in our business and personal lives, and what the future holds for clean, green beauty….


Slight spoiler alert here, but green beauty is going to play a massive part at the Olympia Beauty event which is just 2 weeks away! We’ll be there hosting the Salon & Spa Owners’ Club, so go and register NOW before tickets run out…


This episode of The Salonology Show covers:

  • The top questions you should ask every interview candidate
  • How to win awards, and whether they’re worth the cost
  • Clean, green beauty’s future
  • hat brings us most joy in life, and in business




We’ll answer your questions blind and unscripted, so if you want to hear our take on your biggest issues and toughest topics then send them through to anna@salonology.uk!


This episode of The Salonology Show is sponsored by Timely.


Get 50% off for 3 months with discount code SALONOLOGY at https://www.gettimely.com/gb/


Links and References

Read more about winning awards on our blog post here

Ryan Power: https://www.instagram.com/itsryanpower/

Hollie Power: https://www.instagram.com/holliefromsalonology/

Salonology Superstars: https://www.facebook.com/groups/salonology

Timely: https://www.gettimely.com/gb/

Get in touch: hello@salonology.uk

Questions for future episodes: anna@salonology.uk


Episode Highlights

“There is a big shift in the industry now when it comes to recruitment, there’s a lot of things happening: people aren’t moving so much, there’s less staff around, there’s less newly qualified people because of various things that have gone on, there’s more competition, there’s more people going self-employed. This means that there’s less staff available in the pot, and subsequently people are struggling to find the right people.” – 3:50 – Hollie Power


“The questions you would ask someone who is going to be, for example, Front of House might be very, very different for someone who’s going to be a junior therapist.” – 7:20 – Ryan Power


“Like a recording artist, you know, if you were to record a beautiful song and put it out and it touched the lives of many people, that must be so incredibly rewarding. That wasn’t a path I was ever destined to go down. However, this is our own mini-version of that.” – 13:30 – Hollie Power


“I think that upcoming generations view sustainability much more importantly than our generation. 20-somethings and younger probably care more about it than 50-somethings, and they are the future of your business and all businesses by definition. I would suggest that they would be happy to pay a premium, therefore it can be a source of competitive advantage.” – 20:12 – Ryan Power


“I do think green and clean is going to have its place in the industry. I don’t think it’s going to take over the industry for a while, I think it’s gonna take a bit of time. There are going to be people that are diehard fans of certain products that may not go down the clean green beauty route yet, but we are seeing most bigger brands now starting to discuss it.” – 22:50 – Hollie Power


“Awards are a really amazing thing to do in your business. A lot of people really struggle with the process of doing it and they think, ‘Oh, I’m not good enough to win an award. I’m not big enough, or I haven’t been going long enough’.  Well forget all of those preconceptions, because there is pretty much an award for everything, including new businesses and solopreneurs, so that’s never a reason.” – 24:25 – Hollie Power


“There’s a lot of awards these days where you’re basically buying the award – let’s not beat around the bush. The ethics of that, I don’t think we necessarily need to go into. But there are other awards where you can pay and still not win. Also, it’s probably fair to say that the really good ones you don’t have to pay to enter.” – 28:15 – Ryan Power


“We went to a brilliant local award, where Hollie did win – all of our team came and we had a great night. That was an expensive night for the business because we had to buy everyone and their partners a ticket. It probably cost £1k or more. Was that worth it as a business expense? Well, it was because not only did we win, but it solidified the team as well!” – 36:25 – Ryan Power

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