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New Era Cap Company likes to hire go-getters. Have you requested extra responsibilities in any of your previous roles?

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  1. 1.

    New Era Cap Company 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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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!"

  2. 2.

    How do you feel about performance incentives?

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

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I feel that performance incentives are a great idea. They keep an employee motivated to do a great job and ensure that they are on top of their KPI's. The majority of people are very enthused about being rewarded for their successes."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although performance incentives are not required to motivate me, I do enjoy the healthy competition involved with them."

  3. 3.

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

      Talk to the interviewer about your inspiration when it comes to the clothing and textile industry. What inspires you to stay in this industry and what do you enjoy most about it?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When it comes to clothing and textiles, I gain my inspiration from everyday events and a variety of environments. I truly feel that inspiration can be found anywhere if you are creative enough. That is one of the things I enjoy most about the industry - there are no restrictions to the inspiration!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I follow a few great influencers in the clothing industry including Shini Park, Sophia Amoruso, and Tom Ford. They all have a unique style and a great story. I find the most inspiration from those who aren't afraid to take a risk."

  4. 4.

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

      Are you the individual who prefers to know what the routine will be, or do you thrive on the challenge and excitement of unpredictability? Talk to the interviewer about your preference and be sure to show that you can be useful in both situations.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I prefer working in a more predictable environment because I can be more effective in my tasks. With that said, I can certainly work in an unpredictable environment from time to time."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am more accustomed to working in an unpredictable environment, so I do work quite well and efficiently in those types of situations. I can certainly learn to work well on a more routine basis if needed."

  5. 5.

    Who do you feel are the biggest competitors of New Era Cap Company?

      It is essential that you have researched New Era Cap Company, 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 New Era Cap Company, Inc. and their ability to beat out their competitors.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

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

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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 New Era Cap Company, 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."

  6. 6.

    The clothing and textiles industry is very competitive. In which ways do you feel you will give New Era Cap Company a competitive edge?

      When you are applying to a competitive industry, you need to be prepared to assure the hiring manager that you will be an active part of their winning team. In which ways will you bring a competitive edge to New Era Cap Company, Inc., if hired?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I enjoy the competitive environment that comes with working in the clothing and textile industry. If hired, I will bring a keen eye and strong attention to market trends."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I feel that I will give New Era Cap Company, Inc. a competitive edge because of my eight years experience in the industry as well as the formal education that I bring in social media marketing and fashion design. Also, I have traveled a great deal and bring a perspective from a variety of cultures."

  7. 7.

    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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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 New Era Cap Company, Inc.."

  8. 8.

    We are looking for team players at New Era Cap Company. What role do you usually take in team projects?

      The interviewer truly wants to understand the role that you naturally take on, when put into a team-based environment. If you tend to take the lead, let the interviewer know this, but avoid sounding overbearing. If you usually like to generate new ideas and allow someone else to execute them, share your creative side but express that you prefer for others to take the lead.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am usually the 'ideas person' in team projects. In my current position, I am not the strongest salesperson, but I am highly creative. This means that, in most projects, I am great at creating a plan of action but am most comfortable passing the final client-facing tasks to our more extroverted personnel."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I like to take the lead on team projects. I am very vocal and organized which makes me a natural leader. At the same time, I enjoy drawing the leader out in others by asking them for their ideas and encouraging full participation."

  9. 9.

    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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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."

  10. 10.

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

      To many employers, the number of years' experience is flexible - so long as you have the results to show for the years that you do have. Talk to the interviewer about your major career successes. This question is the time to sell yourself. Make no apologies for your lack of years!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although I have five years' experience vs. eight years' experience I can do this job well. In my previous role, I was outperforming colleagues who had 12 years of experience. To me, it's all about drive and ability to be a quick study. I have all of these qualities and more."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Along with my five years working in this industry, I have worked near it my entire career, and I hope that my graduate degree gives me a little boost in experience over the required undergraduate degree."

  11. 11.

    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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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."

  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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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.

    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 #1

      "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 #2

      "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."

  14. 14.

    Why is this job with New Era Cap Company 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 #1

      "I am looking for growth"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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 New Era Cap Company, Inc. would nurture my desire for growth and prepare me by providing the appropriate training."

  15. 15.

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

      Show the interviewer that you will still get the job done even when you aren't excited about the task at hand. Think about a time when there was a work-related task that you did not want to do. Perhaps the dreaded file room needed to be purged of outdated files to make room for new files. Tell the interviewer what your task was, and explain why you were not excited about it. Be sure to tell the interviewer that even though you were not enthusiastic about the work, you made it happen promptly knowing that it would help the organization as a whole.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I like to set rewards for myself when there are undesirable tasks at hand. For instance, a large part of what I do is review all of the resumes that come into our job portal on a weekly basis. Sometimes there will be up to 200 resumes to review. They all begin to look the same after awhile, so I have set a goal to look at 20 at a time, give myself a quick break, then return to the task."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "As the new employee at my first job, I was delegated the task of scanning in old contracts and related documents. It was overwhelming and not exactly the learning experience I was going for, but I knew I had to complete it and accepted it as my responsibility. As a team member, I maintained a positive attitude about my contribution and formulated a plan to tackle this project. I divided the work into the most important to least important stacks and set out to scan all the documents."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

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

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  18. 18.

    At New Era Cap Company we prefer to hire those with experience in manufacturing. Do you have any exposure to a manufacturing, production, or mill environment?

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

    At New Era Cap Company 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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  21. 21.

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

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  22. 22.

    What do you know about the workplace culture at New Era Cap Company?

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  23. 23.

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

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  24. 24.

    When have you faced an unexpected difficulty?

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  25. 25.

    New Era Cap Company likes to hire calculated risk-takers. What is the riskiest decision you have made? What was the situation? What happened?

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  26. 26.

    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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  27. 27.

    At New Era Cap Company we are looking for reliable employees. How many days were you absent from work last year?

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  28. 28.

    What are your salary expectations?

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  29. 29.

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

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  30. 30.

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

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  31. 31.

    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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  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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