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

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  1. 1.

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

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

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Over the next few years I would like to grow into a management function with New Look. I am willing to prove myself and do what it takes to get there."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Ideally, 5 years from now, I would love to see myself growing into a more prominent leadership role within your organization. My career interests align very nicely with your company's goals which helps me to see a great long term fit here."

  2. 2.

    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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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 on your product and collections."

  3. 3.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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."

  4. 4.

    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!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University 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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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."

  5. 5.

    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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I lean more towards 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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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."

  6. 6.

    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."

      Rachelle'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."

  7. 7.

    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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "When we were speaking earlier, about sales targets in this position, you mentioned that most new sales professionals hit their KPI's after 120 days. If I were hired today, my goal would be to exceed my KPI's after the first 90 days. I plan to make a positive impact very quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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."

  8. 8.

    What do you know about our company culture?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have researched your company through your social media channels, and on glassdoor.com. Your employees have really great things to say and overall it seems that you have fun while you work. I am looking forward to joining an organization, like yours, that is upbeat and thoughtful with an eye on helping the community at the same time."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I know by reading your website that your company focus' on developing your employees for continued growth in the industry. You pride yourselves on being open, communicative, and friendly. I am really excited to work for New Look and find out more!"

  9. 9.

    At New Look 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?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "The fact that New Look is always a step ahead of competitors is one of the many reasons why I want to work for you. I love to keep up to date on new trends and think that this spring the trend will continue to be platform loafers, oversized trenches, and chokers."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I admire that New Look is always a step ahead of the trends. One account that I follow regularly, to get a beat on what is coming up, is Nasty Gal. They are always a few steps ahead and at the moment I am seeing a lot of embroidery, cut-outs, and glitter accents."

  10. 10.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My former boss would definitely describe me as an employee who goes the extra mile. In my most recent position, I was always available on my email and many of my service clients had my cell phone number just in case of an after-hours emergency. When you call my reference he will be happy to expand on that for you, I am sure."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I go the extra mile whenever possible because that's what great employees do! I have received very positive feedback from all of my previous employers."

  11. 11.

    When did you realize that you wanted a career in fashion?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have had an interest in fashion ever since I was a child. I would create outfits for my dolls and do fashion shows with my friends. My passion for the industry has been present from the beginning."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I realized in my teens that fashion was so much more than just the clothes you wear. In 9th grade I did a presentation on the evolution of fashion. The research I conducted really opened my eyes to the statements that designers make through their collections. I was hooked!"

  12. 12.

    When have you had to adapt to change?

      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?

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "In my current role there is a lot of turnover when it comes to our management team. I have had to adapt to 3 new managers in the past 4 years. It is not the ideal situation but I am able to adjust for the good of the team."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Last year our company was sold to a competitor and a lot of our management team changed hands. It was a lot of change to handle in a short time."

  13. 13.

    At New Look 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!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "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 New Look would change my path and I plan to make a positive impact immediately."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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."

  14. 14.

    Your current employer has a strong reputation in the fashion industry. Why do you want to work for New Look?

      Discuss with the hiring manager the ways in which you feel that working for New Look will provide you with the aspects you are currently missing in your position.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "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 New Look would allow me to grow into bigger opportunities while remaining local."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have had my eye on openings with New Look 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."

  15. 15.

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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."

  16. 16.

    Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

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  17. 17.

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

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  18. 18.

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

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  19. 19.

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

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  20. 20.

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

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  21. 21.

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

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  22. 22.

    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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  23. 23.

    Tell me about yourself.

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  24. 24.

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

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  25. 25.

    When have you worked amongst a diverse group of people?

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  26. 26.

    How do you manage a large workload?

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  27. 27.

    How do you feel about performance incentives?

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