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Who do you feel are the biggest competitors of Joseph Ribkoff?

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  1. 1.

    Who do you feel are the biggest competitors of Joseph Ribkoff?

      It is essential that you have researched Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. before your interview. After getting to know the company better, which industry players do you feel are the strongest? When you answer this question, you will want to end with a statement that solidifies your confidence in Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. and their ability to beat out their competitors.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have researched the competitive space and feel that the more significant competitors of Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. are A, B, and C. Even though they are competitors, I feel that Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. brings the strongest reputation in customer service and product quality."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Every organization has competitors, and if I were to guess, I would say that your biggest competitors are companies X, Y, and Z. With that said, I think that Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. does an incredible job of standing out in the crowd. Your branding is impeccable, and you have a great reputation for how you treat your employees and clients."

  2. 2.

    What are your salary expectations?

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is 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

      "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

      "In my most recent position, I was earning below the market average for my position and education level. In my next role, I am targeting a base salary of $89-94K."

  3. 3.

    What do you know about the workplace culture at Joseph Ribkoff?

      It is imperative to research the workplace environment before you attend your interview. What does Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. offer that you don't currently receive from your employer? Talk to the interviewer about what is attracting you to their organization.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have spent some time researching Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. and am very impressed with what I have come across so far. I see that you put a lot of effort into giving back to the community and other charitable organizations. One stand-out factor for me is your competitive benefits and employee packages."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have a friend who has worked with Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. for the past three years, and she raves about the culture here. From my understanding, I believe that you value growth, professional development, and creativity."

  4. 4.

    What do you know about sales and market research in the clothing and textiles industry?

      Having a full understanding of market research methods is an excellent asset to any resume. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of understanding the needs of the industry and how to maximize profitability.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I took courses in market research during my time in University. I have a strong understanding of market research and how it relates directly to sales in the clothing and textiles industry. The market has seen a 134% increase in sales since the launch of social media marketing which is incredibly impressive. This way is just one exciting example of how I have seen the market research benefit the textiles industry."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although I am new to the clothing and textiles industry, I do have a lot of sales and market research experience. I obtained my BA in Marketing and Design from the University of Montreal and since then have been working as a Marketing Associate for Company XYZ. I am ready to shape my career in the clothing and textiles industry so that I can further utilize the design aspect of my formal education."

  5. 5.

    Joseph Ribkoff likes to hire go-getters. Have you requested extra responsibilities in any of your previous roles?

      The interviewer wants to see that you have a desire to learn, grow, and try on new challenges! No hiring manager wants to hire the complacent employee so show them you are willing to see opportunity when it arises!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current role I asked my boss if I could take over the social media marketing. We are a small company, and my supervisor was struggling with it. Being a millennial, I am always on social media, and I understand what types of posts gain attention. After taking over the task, I grew our Instagram following from just 400 to 2000 in 2 months! I am always game for taking on new tasks, especially when they are in my wheelhouse."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Your willingness to take on additional tasks, with a positive attitude, gives the interviewer all the more reason to want to get to know you better. Hiring managers are looking for people who will be proactive and help to carry the team.

      Here are some ways you can gain extra responsibilities in the workplace:

      - Talking to your boss about your career goals and having a conversation about new tasks that may help to get you there.
      - Offering to take work off of a colleague's plate, if they seem stressed.
      - Studying hard to become an SME (Subject Matter Expert) in software or another topic that your boss would find useful.
      - Just jumping in and taking on a new responsibility!"

  6. 6.

    If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

      A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I certainly do not regret the direction I have taken my career; however, if I had to start over in a new direction completely I would likely pursue my Degree in Education and become a teacher. Both of my parents were teachers, and they seemed to have a very fulfilling career. I enjoy coaching and leading others so, any tasks in my current career that related to these skills, are very welcome."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would take the same direction! I truly love what I do and would never change the course of my career. It's so fulfilling."

  7. 7.

    In your opinion, what do you feel has been the biggest advancement in the clothing and textiles industry over the past 10 years?

      Display to the interviewer that you are capable of keeping on top of the latest industry advances and that you have a keen and genuine interest in the industry.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that the biggest advancement in the clothing and textiles industry has been surrounding advancements in communication and technology. We can stay connected with anyone around the world in real time which has significantly increased productivity and profitability in the textiles industry."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my opinion, the biggest advancement in the clothing and textiles industry has been the fact that people have become more aware of best practices in the industry. It's become more ethical as of late when it comes to production, the purchasing of materials, and focus on the environment."

  8. 8.

    At Joseph Ribkoff we like to be a step ahead of our competitors at all times. How do you stay on top of industry trends?

      Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you ensure you stay on top of trends. It is vital to Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. that they remain ahead of their competitors and every team member will have a hand in making that happen.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I subscribe to a few blogs and online magazines related to the industry. Every morning I take about 20 minutes to update myself on the current happenings in the clothing and textile industry. I also have Google Alerts set so that I can have real-time industry updates."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am always reading! The clothing and textile industry is fast-changing, and I feel that to keep up, you have to be plugged in. This includes reading magazines, blogs, books, and more."

  9. 9.

    When have you faced an unexpected difficulty?

      How you face unexpected difficulty can say a lot about your character. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have encountered an unexpected challenge. How did you handle the situation?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The biggest unexpected difficulty that I have faced was my unexpected lay off during the last recession. I had to adapt to a new economy and search deeply for other skills and opportunities. I was able to earn enough to avoid financial strain and am quite proud of my ability to be versatile when required."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I faced unexpected difficulty last year when Company X swiftly acquired our company. With nobody aware of the change, it was emotional chaos in our offices for some time. I chose to remain calm, avoid jumping to assumptions and continued doing my job as usual. This approach helped me to get through the situation."

  10. 10.

    Why is this job with Joseph Ribkoff right for you at this time in your career?

      Discuss with the interviewer why you are looking to make a change, and how this particular role fits well with the changes that you are seeking. Be sure to give a more in-depth answer than the typical "I am looking for growth" answer that so many interviewers hear. Be thoughtful and draw upon the research you have done on the company.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am looking for growth"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "This job is right for me at this time in my career because I am prepared and ready to take on a management position. I feel that Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. would nurture my desire for growth and prepare me by providing the appropriate training."

  11. 11.

    How do you handle stress on the job?

      Are you someone who can handle stress on the job? How do you manage the stressful times? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to control pressure in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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 not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."

  12. 12.

    Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?

      The interviewer would like to know if you consider yourself a patient individual. Impatience can cause a lot of stress and anxiety in coworkers, so it is essential that you can showcase your ability to remain patient and professional in workplace situations.

      Patience is indeed a virtue but can be challenging to maintain when it seems that situations continue to push your buttons. Show the interviewer that you possess the ability to keep your cool in challenging conditions.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do consider myself a patient person. I would rate myself an 8 /10 for patience because I certainly have room to grow, but I do have a very long fuse. If I need a boost of patience in a challenging situation, I will take a step away, count to 10 and then return to the situation. I recently read a book, 'The Power of Patience' by M.J. Ryan which also gave me some excellent new methods for coping with stress."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was once working with a group that could not quite get along and it tested my patience a bit because it prevented us from staying on track and focusing on the goals. I went above and beyond in helping the group get along by scheduling lunches as a team and helping to mediate situations that needed it."

  13. 13.

    I would like to know more about your knowledge of importing and exporting. Are you familiar with NAFTA and the regulations that come along with this agreement?

      Assure the interviewer that you are not a liability when it comes to costly decisions surrounding importing and exporting a product. Are you familiar with NAFTA and the most critical parts of the agreement?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have studied and worked with NAFTA regulations for the past eight years. I would consider myself an expert when it comes to the rules and regulations surrounding free trade."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have a small amount of exposure to NAFTA but will commit myself to learning the ins and outs so that I am ready to apply my knowledge before starting this role with Joseph Ribkoff, Inc.."

  14. 14.

    At Joseph Ribkoff we prefer to hire those with experience in manufacturing. Do you have any exposure to a manufacturing, production, or mill environment?

      Discuss with the interviewer any experience that you have in a manufacturing or textile mill environment. If you do not have experience in manufacturing and production, be sure to let the interviewer know that you can quickly learn the industry.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have eight years' experience in a clothing manufacturing setting with Company X and Company Y. I am well versed in production and know I would succeed at Joseph Ribkoff, Inc., if given the opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Although I do not have direct experience in a manufacturing plant or production environment, I am very familiar with the inner workings of manufacturing. Rest assured I can learn quickly and am ready to apply my existing knowledge to this role with Joseph Ribkoff, Inc.."

  15. 15.

    Tell me about the types of products you are most experienced with.

      Talk to the interviewer about the products and materials with which you have experience. If your experience does not align correctly with the offerings at Joseph Ribkoff, Inc., be sure to address that. Avoid any objections from the hiring manager when it comes to offering you the role.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I understand that Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. works primarily with X, Y, and Z. I have four years experience with these types of products. In addition to this experience, I also bring valuable knowledge in A, B, and C - totaling approximately 15 years."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I bring 15 years total experience in the clothing and textiles industry. The majority of what I have done would include products such as A, B, and C. Although this isn't the same space as Joseph Ribkoff, Inc. I am confident that my skills are transferable."

  16. 16.

    At Joseph Ribkoff we prefer to hire individuals with formal education in business or design. Do you have any post-secondary education? How do you feel it will help you in this role?

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  17. 17.

    When it comes to clothing and textiles, where do you gain your inspiration from?

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  18. 18.

    The clothing and textiles industry is very competitive. In which ways do you feel you will give Joseph Ribkoff a competitive edge?

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

    What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?

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  21. 21.

    Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?

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  22. 22.

    Describe a situation when you have motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not want to do.

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  23. 23.

    Joseph Ribkoff likes to hire calculated risk-takers. What is the riskiest decision you have made? What was the situation? What happened?

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  24. 24.

    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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  25. 25.

    At Joseph Ribkoff we are looking for reliable employees. How many days were you absent from work last year?

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  26. 26.

    How do you feel about performance incentives?

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  27. 27.

    We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

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  28. 28.

    If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?

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  29. 29.

    What unique qualities about yourself would you bring to our company?

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  30. 30.

    Looking at your resume, you've had a number of job changes, what would make me think that you will stay with our company?

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  31. 31.

    We are looking for team players at Joseph Ribkoff. What role do you usually take in team projects?

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  32. 32.

    What qualities do you feel a successful manager should have?

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  33. 33.

    What is your personal mission statement?

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