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Kate Spade Interview Questions

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

How to Answer

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.



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27 Kate Spade Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. At Kate Spade we encourage our customers to create their own style. How would you describe your personal style?

      How to Answer

      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.



      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

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

      How to Answer

      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.



      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      2nd Answer Example

      "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."

  • 3. Your current employer has a strong reputation in the fashion industry. Why do you want to work for Kate Spade?

      How to Answer

      Discuss with the hiring manager the ways in which you feel that working for Kate Spade, LLC will provide you with the aspects you are currently missing in your position.



      1st Answer Example

      "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 Kate Spade, LLC would allow me to grow into bigger opportunities while remaining local."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I have had my eye on openings with Kate Spade, LLC 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."

  • 4. When did you realize that you wanted a career in fashion?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 5. At Kate Spade we have thousands of applicants per year. Why should we choose you for this position?

      How to Answer

      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!



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  • 6. Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 7. At Kate Spade 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?

      How to Answer

      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.



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

      How to Answer

      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.



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

      How to Answer

      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.



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

      How to Answer

      Everyone wants to see growth and opportunity in their career. Share with the interviewer the ways that you want to grow with Kate Spade, LLC over the next few years. Assure the hiring manager that you are willing to work hard for growth opportunities.



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

      How to Answer

      Fashion is always changing and trends change faster than any other industry. Talk to the interviewer about the ways in which you stay in tune with new and top trends.



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

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you are capable of working an unpredictable schedule. If you have any restrictions in your schedule, this is a good time to talk to the interviewer about it.



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

      How to Answer

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



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  • 14. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!



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  • 15. If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 16. When have you had to adapt to change?

      How to Answer

      Being able to adapt to change in the workplace is a very important skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have had to adjust to changes on the job. How did you handle the change? Was it a positive reaction?



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

      How to Answer

      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.



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

      How to Answer

      Show the interviewer that you work well with most personalities even though you recognize there are some folks out there who are quite difficult to please.

      Think about that one person at work who is seen as hard to please. Perhaps there is someone at work who tries to intimidate others. Talk to the interviewer about what made this person challenging and what their relationship was to you. Avoid speaking poorly of anyone and be sure to end your response on a positive note.

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  • 19. What career path interests you the most in this company?

      How to Answer

      This is where it is really important to have completed some research on the interviewing company. Be sure to envision where you can see yourself fitting, and growing, with the organization prior to your interview. Do some research on what a career path could look like with this particular company.



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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 21. Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to get to know you apart from what is written on your resume. You are certainly not obligated to discuss personal matters such as your kids, or relationship status, for instance. Stick with a couple of fun facts to show the interviewer that you are a real person, too. Your answer should be unique so that you are a memorable candidate!

      Focus on special non-work related skills or hobbies. For example, you might share that you enjoy beat-boxing or making origami swans. Be prepared for the interviewer to stop you and ask you to perform your skill on the spot when it's possible! (This will make you unforgettable!)

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

      How to Answer

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?



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  • 23. What do you know about our company culture?

      How to Answer

      Company culture and fit is a very important factor when considering a career move. Assure the interviewer that you have put thought, research, and consideration into how the company culture will work for you.



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  • 24. When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you are able to handle an environment that offers diversity.



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  • 25. How do you manage a large workload?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 26. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      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.



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  • 27. How do you feel about performance incentives?

      How to Answer

      Performance incentives can be very motivating. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings re: performance incentives.



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