Alterations tailors are hired to make alterations to clothing, such as altering the length of a coat sleeve or the hem on a pair of trousers. They also make repairs. To do this, they use sewing machines, fabric shears, thread and needles, and other equipment. There are typically no specific educational requirements, though work experience is important. Alterations tailors typically work indoors in clothing establishments and dry cleaning establishments. Normal working hours are typical, though some employers may require weekends or evenings, depending on the workload. Time management skills are essential, as is manual dexterity and technical knowledge of tailoring.
Job vacancies can be found by applying directly at businesses like dry cleaners, dressmakers, suitmakers, and other businesses that deal in clothing. Openings can also be found through typical channels like online job boards such as Indeed and Craigslist, as well as in local newspaper classifieds.
The interview will focus on your ability to alter clothing at acceptable standards of quality as well as your ability to complete those alterations in time to meet customers' deadlines. You may be asked about your availability to work weekends or irregular hours. You'll also most likely be expected to make alterations to a wide range of clothes.
To prepare for an interview for an alterations tailor, take stock of the kinds of alterations you're capable of. Do you work mostly with men's clothing or women's? How many alterations can you complete in a day? You can also think about the quality of your alterations. Be prepared to speak about the methods you use in order to ensure that a customer is satisfied with the alteration on the first visit. For instance, is there a particular stitch that you know to use on certain garments in order to ensure that the sewing is strong? Finally, be prepared to talk about your time management ability: what are some techniques that you use in order to meet deadlines even with a heavy workload?