Performance incentives can be very motivating. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings regarding performance incentives.
Michael Kors Interview Questions
How do you feel about Michael Kors' performance incentives?
Performance incentives can be very motivating. Talk to the interviewer about your feelings regarding performance incentives.
"I feel that performance incentives are an effective strategy. They keep an employee driven to do a stellar job and ensure that they are on top of their KPIs. In my experience, the majority of people are enthusiastic about being rewarded for their successes, and I personally find performance incentives highly motivating."
"I think performance incentives are important for encouraging team members to focus on results. For me, as a manager, I feel incentives give me some skin in the game and get my team engaged in making an impact toward the company's desired results."
What can you tell me about the Michael Kors supply chain structure?
The interviewer wants to see that you've done some research into how Michael Kors conducts its business and coordinates its supplies. Take some time to review the company website and show the interviewer that you have a general familiarity.
"From what I've read, I see that Michael Kors contracts for the purchase of finished goods mostly with independent third-party manufacturing contractors. The manufacturing contractor is generally responsible for the entire manufacturing process, including the purchase of piece goods and trim. I like that the company has a multi-supplier strategy that provides specialist skills, scalability, flexibility and speed to market, as well as diversifies risk."
"I researched this a bit in preparation for this interview, and I see that the company has relationships with various agents who source finished goods with numerous manufacturing contractors on its behalf. I was happy to read that Michael Kors has mutually satisfactory relationships with these third parties; it indicates a level of ethics and reliability for both parties that I respect. I especially appreciate the fact that the company's largest manufacturing contractor has been a Michael Kors partner for more than 10 years. I appreciate this kind of solid partnership that stands over time."
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.
"My favorite fashion designer is Ted Baker. The designs are classic, yet bold and unique, and I love the use of pattern. When someone is wearing a Ted Baker piece - you know!"
"I am most attracted to the classic labels like Hermes and Balenciaga. They are true luxury brands that have remained relevant while standing the test of time and tradition."
What career path interests you the most in this company?
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.
"What interests me most about your company is that there are so many options when it comes to career growth. Ideally, I would like to earn my way into a Territory Sales role, then a Regional Manager position. Eventually, a Director of Sales or Marketing position would be ideal. Of course, I understand that this will take many years of dedication and hard work."
"I am interested in a variety of paths with your company. I could absolutely see myself working in your sales and marketing department as I further my knowledge of your product and collections."
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?
"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."
"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
At Michael Kors 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!
"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 Michael Kors would change my path and I plan to make a positive impact immediately."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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 Michael Kors"
How do you believe the acquisition of Jimmy Choo Group Limited will affect the Michael Kors brand and its profitability moving forward?
The interviewer would like to see that you have a general familiarity with and interest in major Michael Kors business acquisitions and how they affect the brand moving forward. Spend some time on the Michael Kors website reading about business development so that you can speak confidently; you don't have to go into specifics, but you should have a broad idea.
"I believe this acquisition is an exciting development for both brands. Jimmy Choo encompasses a complete luxury accessories brand that complements Michael Kors. Women's shoes are the core of the product offer, with handbags, small leather goods, scarves, sunglasses, eyewear, belts, fragrance and men's shoes. Jimmy Choo has a global store network encompassing more than 150 stores and is present in the most prestigious department and specialty stores worldwide."
"This acquisition was a very smart move on Michael Kors' part. Both brands are synonymous with luxury and complement one another well. With the expansion of stores and the augmented presence in the world's luxury and specialty stores, I would expect Michael Kors to see a substantial lift in profitability as a result of this acquisition. Cross-promotional opportunities also represent a tremendous opportunity to build both brands."
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.
"I lean more toward 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."
"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."
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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!
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating from college as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
"I have many accomplishments that I am very proud of. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have in this industry."
Think about a difficult boss, professor or other person. What made him or her difficult? How did you successfully interact with this person?
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.
"I once worked at a locally owned shop where the owner was very demanding. When the owner would walk into the store, employees would announce over their headset system that the owner was in the building, so that everyone could be prepared for his entrance into their department. The owner had great intentions; however, his people skills were a little rough. I could see that he meant well, and I recognized that he wanted to do a lot of good things. When we interacted, I always took his feedback with the understanding that he didn't mean things as harshly as he might say them."
"I once worked with a peer who was very difficult in meetings and with interacting in groups of others. I took it upon myself to help this person interact better with others. When she would bark orders, I would reiterate what she was trying to say to the group in a more professional manner. It took some time, but she learned to interact in a way that made people want to work with her."
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.
"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 gain a slight increase. According to my research, this seems consistent with the market."
"I would like to earn slightly above where I am now. Currently, I make $25/hour plus benefits and a 10% commission on all sales. My target income for the coming year is $65,000. If that is out-of-range for this position, I would hope we could discuss alternative benefits and/or a path to reach that salary goal."
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.
"When we were speaking earlier, about sales targets in this position, you mentioned that most new sales professionals hit their KPIs after 120 days. If I were hired today, my goal would be to exceed my KPIs after the first 90 days. I plan to make a positive impact very quickly."
"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."
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.
"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 runner's high for me. My current references will attest to my strong ability to perform under pressure."
"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."
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.
"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."
"I work best when I have a large workload because it keeps me active, keen, and attentive to the project at hand. I also use Trello to keep me and my team on task."
Michael Kors is a global brand with employees from all over the world. What is your experience working with a diverse group of people?
Would your former or current boss describe you as a worker who gladly goes the extra mile to complete their tasks?
What can you tell me about the Michael Kors Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and how you would abide by it?
Tell me about your favorite Michael Kors product - what do you like about it?
At Michael Kors we encourage our customers to create their own style. How would you describe your personal style?
Tell me a little about what the Michael Kors mission of "jet set" fashion means to you.
How do you stay on top of trends in the fashion industry?
At Michael Kors we offer many areas of opportunity and growth. Where would you like to see your career in the next 3-5 years?
Why is it so important for a fashion brand like Michael Kors to fully embrace diversity and inclusion?
When did you realize that you wanted a career in fashion?
Your current employer has a strong reputation in the fashion industry. Why do you want to work for Michael Kors?
What can you tell me about Michael Kors' personal and corporate commitment to philanthropy, and how would you help further it?