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27 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published December 7th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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How does J. Crew work with local and international suppliers to promote responsible sourcing?
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Show the interviewer that you've researched issues that are important to J. Crew and can speak knowledgeably about how the company is addressing them. Information about responsible sourcing and J. Crew's approach is on the J. Crew website for your reference.
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1.
How does J. Crew work with local and international suppliers to promote responsible sourcing?
Show the interviewer that you've researched issues that are important to J. Crew and can speak knowledgeably about how the company is addressing them. Information about responsible sourcing and J. Crew's approach is on the J. Crew website for your reference.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I'm encouraged by the fact that J. Crew is publicly committed to sourcing its products in a legal, ethical and responsible manner--that's why the company partners with suppliers who share this belief and works with them to promote better working conditions across the globe. To that end, J. Crew has a number of policies in place that address everything from use of Uzbekistan cotton to animal welfare, safe sandblasting and the use of conflict minerals. It seems like a comprehensive and responsible approach."
Michelle's Answer #2
"From what I've read, J. Crew is committed to using the highest-quality materials to deliver the best possible products to its customers. This includes making sure that the materials used in J. Crew products are harvested and processed in line with the company's broader commitment to social responsibility. This includes having in place a Vendor Code of Conduct for suppliers to abide by, monitoring and improving of supplier conditions, and forging industry partnerships and collaboration that support responsible sourcing, like the Fair Factories Clearinghouse."
2.
When have you shown a willingness to learn a new method or new approach to solving a problem?
It is a great skill to have when you can approach a problem in a new way. Discuss with the interviewer your ability to approach a problem using new methods.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"When our company came under new management last year, many new methods and policies were implemented. As a result, I was able to learn many new approaches to our challenges in sales and customer management. Ultimately, they were very effective, and I enjoyed the process of taking a different approach and trying something innovative."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Our company switched to an inventory system last year that I was not familiar with. I enrolled myself in a 4-week evening course at our local community college so that I could quickly learn the system without it affecting my performance at work. It helped a great deal, and my employers were impressed with my willingness to learn. In addition, I was able to share with colleagues new ways to employ the system to solve some of their day-to-day business challenges."
3.
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."
Michelle'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."
4.
What can you tell me about J. Crew's Garments for Good initiative?
This is a good opportunity to show some of the advance research you've done in preparation for your interview. Show the interviewer that you have a solid understanding about the way J. Crew uses its business for the greater good through this specific initiative.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I'm really excited about the Garments for Good program. I read a bit about it, and as I understand it, J. Crew has collaborated with nonprofits--like the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Xerces Society, the Skin Cancer Foundation and Teach for America--to bring consumers the pieces in your Garments for Good collection. These pieces both feature and benefit the nonprofits supported, which is an easy and stylish way for consumers to support causes that are important to them."
Michelle's Answer #2
"Garments for Good is such a creative and fitting way for J. Crew to support nonprofit organizations. Designed in-house and available only at J.Crew, this collection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, rash guards and accessories is a stylish way to support a worthy organization, ranging from the Skin Cancer Foundation to Teach for America. Fifty percent of each item's retail price goes straight to the partner charity, which can make a real difference."
5.
J. Crew is a global brand with employees from all over the world. What is your experience working with a diverse group of people?
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you are enthusiastic about and can handle an environment that offers diversity.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The global nature of the J. Crew business is one that I'm most excited about. I'm accustomed to being around people who aren't exactly like me, and I've been able to learn from exposure to a lot of different perspectives. However, I believe that truly being part of the global economy will be a life-changing experience that I will relish."
Michelle's Answer #2
"In my current company, we have a very diverse group of people that range in age, race, experience, gender, and more. I embrace it fully, and the commitment to all types of fashion and style, no matter what they look like or where they're from, is one of my favorite aspects of the J. Crew brand."
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