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At Company ABC we encourage our customers to create their own style. How would you describe your personal style?
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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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1.
At Company ABC 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."
2.
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."
3.
Your current employer has a strong reputation in the fashion industry. Why do you want to work for Company ABC?
Discuss with the hiring manager the ways in which you feel that working for Company ABC 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 Company ABC would allow me to grow into bigger opportunities while remaining local."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have had my eye on openings with Company ABC 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?
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!"
5.
At Company ABC 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 Company ABC 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."
6.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My favourite fashion designer is Ted Baker. The designs are classic yet bold and unique. I love the use of pattern. When someone is wearing a Ted Baker piece - you know!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am most attracted to the classic labels like Hermes and Balenciaga. They are true luxury brands that have remained relevant yet stand the test of time and tradition."
7.
At Company ABC 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 Company ABC 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 Company ABC 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."
8.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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 Company ABC"
9.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 runners high for me. My current references will attest to my strong ability to perform under pressure."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
10.
At Company ABC 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 Company ABC 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 Company ABC. 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."
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