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Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Do you consider yourself to be more creative or analytical minded?

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  1. 1.

    Do you consider yourself to be more creative or analytical minded?

      Whether you consider yourself creative, or analytical - assure the interviewer that you are capable of providing both to the employer, if hired.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I lean more towards being creative minded; however, I am very capable of being analytically minded as well. I feel this greatly helps me with my management skills as I am a creative yet well organized leader."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am more analytically minded; however, I do have a creative flair as well. The factors that make me analytically minded are my desire to get to the bottom of things. I am curious about process, and motives. I like to dig deeper than the surface of things."

  2. 2.

    Do you have any post-secondary education related to the fashion industry?

      Walk the interviewer through your post-secondary experience. How has your education assisted you in your fashion-related career? You can keep your answer brief and to the point.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design from U of V. This Degree has helped me immensely in the understanding of fashion trends, design, and style."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I do not yet have a completed post-secondary degree, I have a completed certificate in Social Media Marketing. This knowledge is transferable to any industry, including fashion. I look forward to utilizing my knowledge in this area at Earthbound Trading Co."

  3. 3.

    If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?

      When you start a new position it is important to set a goal on how you will make a positive impact quickly after being hired. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When we were speaking earlier, about sales targets in this position, you mentioned that most new sales professionals hit their KPI's after 120 days. If I were hired today, my goal would be to exceed my KPI's after the first 90 days. I plan to make a positive impact very quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If I were hired today I would place my focus where you have the greatest need. In my opinion, the biggest impact I can make is through being a dedicated employee."

  4. 4.

    When did you realize that you wanted a career in fashion?

      The interviewer would like to know what led you to a career in fashion. Talk about your passion for the industry and where it all started. You can draw on some personal points but try to keep your answer brief and to the point.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have had an interest in fashion ever since I was a child. I would create outfits for my dolls and do fashion shows with my friends. My passion for the industry has been present from the beginning."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I realized in my teens that fashion was so much more than just the clothes you wear. In 9th grade I did a presentation on the evolution of fashion. The research I conducted really opened my eyes to the statements that designers make through their collections. I was hooked!"

  5. 5.

    Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.

      In addition to being able to handle change, can you also recognize when change is required and be confident enough to present that to your organization? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to make a suggestion for change in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last year when I was managing dispatch for my company I noticed a pretty solid opportunity for us to save on overtime hours. I created a presentation and gave it to my manager who took it to upper management. The changes were implemented and I was very proud of the suggestion that I made."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Our company did not have a strong policy when it came to workplace harassment and bullying. I was able to work with the leadership team to create a new program which has been readily welcomed by our staff."

  6. 6.

    What are your salary expectations?

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations are to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus a potential 20% annual bonus. Last year my earnings were $52,000 and I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides opportunity for growth."

  7. 7.

    Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?

      You can absolutely say that you will go the extra mile but it's best to give a real life example to the interviewer about a time when you did just that. Offer up your references as well and discuss with the interviewer what you feel your most recent employer would say about you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My former boss would definitely describe me as an employee who goes the extra mile. In my most recent position, I was always available on my email and many of my service clients had my cell phone number just in case of an after-hours emergency. When you call my reference he will be happy to expand on that for you, I am sure."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I go the extra mile whenever possible because that's what great employees do! I have received very positive feedback from all of my previous employers."

  8. 8.

    How do you manage a large workload?

      Start off your answer by clarifying you never let a large workload stress you out. Each morning you review your tasks using a task manager application (if you do not have one I suggest google searching 'task manager application' and giving one a try). Continue to discuss how you complete each task by priority level and, before you know it, your large workload is completed.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a low priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I am able to focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I work best when I have a large workload because it keeps me active, keen, and attentive on the project at hand. I also use Trello to keep my team and I on task."

  9. 9.

    At Earthbound Trading we encourage our customers to create their own style. How would you describe your personal style?

      Having your own personal style is very important in fashion. Talk to the interviewer about how you define your style and what it means to you.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I would describe my personal style as 'sloppy chic' because I love large cable knit sweaters paired with leather leggings and a pair of great booties. My personal style is important to me because it's an expression of my mood on a day to day basis. It's how I can best express myself."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I think it's important for everyone to have their own personal style and wear what they feel most comfortable in. If I could describe my personal style I would say it's ladylike with a touch of bohemian. My style icons include Kate Middleton and the Olsens."

  10. 10.

    In your opinion, which designer has been the biggest fashion trailblazer in the past decade?

      The interviewer would like to know that you have a true interest in fashion and the ability to have an intellectual opinion on the happenings in the fashion world. Give your personal opinion on your favourite fashion trailblazer and back up your reasoning.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that the biggest fashion trailblazer in the past decade is Vera Wang. She is everywhere and her style speaks to people of all walk and budgets. I love that she can design clothes, wedding dresses, couture, and even home goods - proving that fashion isn't limited and is truly an art."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "The fascinating thing about the fashion industry is that there is no real one trailblazer anymore. Designers can make a huge impact when they are barely known, and sometimes the designers who are household names, have an 'off' year. At this moment in time, I feel that Tom Ford is the best known trailblazer because his style has remained distinct and consistent throughout the years."

  11. 11.

    Your current employer has a strong reputation in the fashion industry. Why do you want to work for Earthbound Trading?

      Discuss with the hiring manager the ways in which you feel that working for Earthbound Trading Co. will provide you with the aspects you are currently missing in your position.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have worked with Company ABC for the past 5 years and because they are a smaller organization there is no longer room for me to grow unless I were to relocate. This is why I am seeking a new opportunity. Working for Earthbound Trading Co. would allow me to grow into bigger opportunities while remaining local."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have had my eye on openings with Earthbound Trading Co. for quite some time. I have heard excellent things about working here which is why I am so excited about the opportunity to join your team. My reason for seeking a new opportunity is not out of dissatisfaction for my current company but more so for continued growth and career advancement."

  12. 12.

    At Earthbound Trading we have thousands of applicants per year. Why should we choose you for this position?

      What makes you a stand-out candidate for this opportunity? Why should the interviewer give you the position over another candidate? Make your answer unique and memorable. Show confidence and don't be afraid to brag about yourself!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "You should hire me for this position because I can guarantee you that nobody else has followed your brand as closely as I have. I am passionate about fashion and see this as much more than just a job. Working for Earthbound Trading Co. would change my path and I plan to make a positive impact immediately."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "In addition to my recently acquired degree in Fashion Design, I also have a background in film. I am a world traveler as well. These 3 factors combined, make me an incredibly well-rounded candidate who will offer you a perspective and insight that others cannot."

  13. 13.

    Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

      Display to the interviewer that you follow fashion design by discussing your favourite designer. The more you can assure the interviewer that you know what you're talking about, the better your chances of landing the position.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My favourite fashion designer is Ted Baker. The designs are classic yet bold and unique. I love the use of pattern. When someone is wearing a Ted Baker piece - you know!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am most attracted to the classic labels like Hermes and Balenciaga. They are true luxury brands that have remained relevant yet stand the test of time and tradition."

  14. 14.

    At Earthbound Trading we aim to be a step ahead of our competitors. In your opinion, what do you think will be the biggest fashion trend for next spring?

      Assure the interviewer that you keep up with the latest trends in fashion and that you have a personal opinion when it comes to forecasting trends.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The fact that Earthbound Trading Co. is always a step ahead of competitors is one of the many reasons why I want to work for you. I love to keep up to date on new trends and think that this spring the trend will continue to be platform loafers, oversized trenches, and chokers."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I admire that Earthbound Trading Co. is always a step ahead of the trends. One account that I follow regularly, to get a beat on what is coming up, is Nasty Gal. They are always a few steps ahead and at the moment I am seeing a lot of embroidery, cut-outs, and glitter accents."

  15. 15.

    Our industry is fast-paced, competitive, and stressful. How do you cope with high levels of pressure?

      Assure the interviewer that you are capable of handling the stressful and fast-paced world of fashion. Share how you cope with high levels of pressure and be sure to comment on your ability to handle stress in previous positions. You can also draw on your references.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have been working in fast-paced, stressful environments for the past 10 years. When I am under pressure, my performance is the best. It's like a runners high for me. My current references will attest to my strong ability to perform under pressure."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

  16. 16.

    At Earthbound Trading we offer many areas of opportunity and growth. Where would you like to see your career in the next 3-5 years?

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  17. 17.

    How do you stay on top of trends in the fashion industry?

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  18. 18.

    The fashion industry is fast paced and unpredictable. Your work schedule may reflect that unpredictability. Are you flexible in your schedule?

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  19. 19.

    Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

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  20. 20.

    When have you had to adapt to change?

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  21. 21.

    Think about a difficult boss, professor or other person. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?

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  22. 22.

    What career path interests you the most in this company?

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  23. 23.

    Tell me about yourself.

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  24. 24.

    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

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  25. 25.

    What do you know about our company culture?

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  26. 26.

    When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

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  27. 27.

    How do you feel about performance incentives?

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