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Calvin Klein Interview Questions

30 Calvin Klein Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
At Calvin Klein we like to hire strong achievers. Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
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We value Passion at Calvin Klein -- that means we like to hire sales associates who are passionate about our brand, our products, our designs, and most importantly our customers and the people who make up our communities around the world. How do you bring a high level of passion to work? How does your passion help you meet and exceed your goals? Talk to the interviewer about a time you did more than the bare minimum for your coworkers or customers.

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"I am definitely passionate about the retail industry -- I truly love getting to know customers and the challenge of tailoring my customer service to each individual who comes into the store. Last week, a customer came into the store where I currently work with a goal: she wanted to simplify her wardrobe and purchase several every-day staples that she could wear again and again. I had a great time getting to know her and understanding the ethical reasons behind her decision to purchase a few high-quality, earth-friendly garments. I set her up in the fitting room and then grabbed several items from our store for her to try. We spent about two hours together, I walked her through product information about each of the garments she was purchasing, and she left the store feeling very satisfied and ready to make the change she had planned."
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"Last week I noticed that my manager had not completed the schedule for the following week. Some of the staff were complaining that they didn't have their work schedule yet. Rather than going to my manager with the complaint, I offered to take on some of her workload so that she would have the time to complete the schedule. We worked together for a couple of overtime hours that day and were able to catch her up on everything. It felt good to help but also benefited me by way of organization."
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Question 2 of 30
How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
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Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens, and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your ability to arrive on time for work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise.

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"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. My dad got rear ended one time when driving me to school. I texted my friend to see if she could tell my teacher what happened. I explained the situation to my teacher when I got to class. If this happened on my way to work, I would call ahead of time to ensure someone could cover my shift."
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"I hope never to be late! When I started working at a restaurant at sixteen years old, we were taught the adage of 'if you're on time, you're late,' so I've worked to implement that into my life. I always try to arrive 15 minutes early, but there are unforeseen circumstances that can arise. I handle surprises using common sense and keeping courtesy to others top of mind."
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Question 3 of 30
Tell me about a time that you disagreed with a supervisor.
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Part of encouraging every Calvin Klein employee to be themselves and bring their innovative, creative ideas to work is allowing space for disagreements between managers and associates. Disagreements don't have to turn into arguments if both parties approach each other with respect and mutual understanding. Talk to the interviewer about any times you've had a disagreement with a supervisor in the past. How did you approach the situation? What was the result?

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"I was recently helping my manager reorganize the floor because we were set to install a huge new in-store display the following day... and we had a bit of a disagreement about how to approach the reorganization. We can both be kind of stubborn about our opinions, but we've worked together long enough that we really respect each other and our individual points of view. We relieved the tension by joking around a little, both taking a deep breath, and then hearing each other out. We ended up combining our ideas, and it worked out great!"
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"For a long time, I was really afraid of approaching any supervisor about ideas or concerns I had that went against what they were saying, but recently I was in a situation where I really had an ethical problem with a decision that was made by my manager. I thought about it for a couple of days, and then I asked her if I could have a short meeting with her. I explained to her the problems I had with her decision, and she was really nice about it -- she told me that she hadn't thought about the situation from that perspective and appreciated that I had taken the initiative to talk to her about it instead of complaining about it like some of my coworkers were doing."
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Question 4 of 30
What do you hope to learn from this job at Calvin Klein?
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At Calvin Klein, we are committed to the personal and professional growth of our associates because we believe that our people are the lifeblood of our company and the key to our future successes. Part of the way we strive to help our associates build long-term, successful careers is by offering many learning and development opportunities. Talk to the interviewer about what you hope to learn during your time with Calvin Klein.

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"I've been working in the retail industry for about three years, and I'm ready to work toward the next phase of my career. I'm interested in learning about a few different areas of the business, especially management and merchandising -- so I'm hoping that this sales position will provide me with opportunities to learn more about those areas and hopefully help me gain the skills necessary to move into one of those positions with the company in the future."
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"I am looking to lay the foundation for the rest of my career with this position. I looked at a lot of job postings and had interviewed some very carefully selected places, but you are by far my front-runner. I want to learn not only the fundamentals of sales but also become comfortable with both sides of the business. I appreciate that you want me to start with the basics of the inside sales before moving into outside sales."
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Question 5 of 30
What are your salary and benefits expectations?
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At Calvin Klein, we are committed to providing our associates with a competitive and comprehensive benefits program that offers the protection, peace of mind, and flexibility to support our associates both at work and at home. Our program is based on four important pillars: positive work environments, maintaining health and wellness, planning for the future, and some additional perks. And with starting hourly wages between $11.50 and $13.00 per hour, we're doing our best to take care of each employee. Talk to the interviewer about how you expect to be compensated at Calvin Klein.

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"I'm really impressed with the starting hourly wage here! That's roughly what I earn now after being promoted twice at my current store, so I'm especially excited about the potential to transition to a new role at the same rate. I'm hoping to work as much as possible because I really want to grow my career here."
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"I love that Calvin Klein took the time to establish pillars of employee benefits -- that makes me feel even more confident that I will be treated like a unique individual instead of just a cog in a machine or a means to an end. The starting salary is very reasonable, and I'm hopeful that I can work my way toward a promotion at some point in the future."
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Jordan Henry
Jordan Henry is a technical and creative writer working in Chattanooga. She has worked as a career developer and freelance resume/cover letter builder for the last ten years. You can find her on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-henry-81539072/
Published: 09/04/2018

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