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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Why did you choose a career as a Fashion Designer?

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1.

Why did you choose a career as a Fashion Designer?

Answer this question by mentioning the reasons why you decided to pursue this career, such as your passion for the field, and experience in your childhood.

Rachelle's Answer

"I decided to pursue a career as a Fashion Designer because this is the career I've been wanting to pursue for as long as I can remember. My mother was a Fashion Designer and introduced me to this field when I was a child."

2.

In what area of design do you wish to specialize in?

Tell the interviewer about your goals as a Fashion Designer related to the company you are applying for, and by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity present itself at another company.

It is mandatory to review the company website and social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company, industry and services offered.

Rachelle's Answer

"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to design. In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and managing a team of professionals. I also saw on your website that you specialize in (X area of design that sparked your interest). This is an area that I would love to explore further as I am extremely passionate this area of design."

Anonymous Answer

"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to design. In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and managing a team of professionals. I also saw on your website that you specialize in designing dresses, tops, and bottoms for the junior market. It is an area that I would love to explore further as I am incredibly passionate about this area of design."

Rachelle's Answer

The area of specialty that you mention (designing dresses, tops, and bottoms for the junior market) is a perfect example of the specificity an interviewer will be looking for in every response that you offer. This is great! Try giving that same detail in the first half of your response. For instance, exactly which skills do you want to acquire, and what type of team do you want to lead?

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3.

How do you handle stress and pressure?

Employers are looking for individuals who can perform under stress and pressure. For instance, tell the interviewer you remain calm, professional and productive under stress and when faced with numerous deadlines.

Rachelle's Answer

"I thrive under pressure and stress serves as a motivation for me to perform to the best of my abilities."

Anonymous Answer

"I thrive under pressure, and stress serves as a motivation for me to perform to the best of my abilities."

Rachelle's Answer

It's important to thrive under pressure, especially in the fast-moving fashion industry! Try giving an example of a time when your abilities flourished under pressure. Examples are the key to a successful response.

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4.

What motivates you as a Fashion Designer?

Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career, what motivates you to be the best in your field, and what you look forward to the most in this position.

Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to (related to your motivation), and why. This will show the interviewer that you are passionate about your work and that you also did your due diligence before your interview.

Rachelle's Answer

"What motivates me the most in my career is becoming the best in my field, and as a result having the opportunity to make an impact on a greater scale. For instance, with this position, what motivates me the most is the opportunity to work with clients internationally and acquiring further skills with clients of different cultures. I am extremely passionate about this career and look forward to becoming the best version of myself, and an expert in my field."

5.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Tell the interviewer about your career goals in ten years from now. Ensure to link your career goals to the company you are applying for to show the interviewer you can be a long-term asset for the company and that you are looking for stability.

Rachelle's Answer

"In ten years from now, I would like to have grown within the same company I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

Anonymous Answer

"Ten years from now, I would like to have grown within the same company I started with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as an expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."

Rachelle's Answer

This is another strong start, and I encourage you to dig deeper into the details of where you want to be, and which skills you wish to acquire.

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6.

Tell me about the software you have experience using to produce designs.

Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the software and programs required for this role, and try to mention one (or several) of the software or programs listed (should you be knowledgeable in any of those listed).

Should none be listed, mention the ones you use the most by emphasizing that you will remain willing to undertake training as required by the employer. This will show commitment to the employer and that you are serious about this position.

Rachelle's Answer

"I use (X software/program) to produce designs. However, I read on your job posting that you require knowledge of (X software). I am not very familiar with this software but am absolutely willing to undertake training."

Anonymous Answer

"I have excellent skills in Illustrator and Photoshop to produce flats and tech packs. However, I read on your job posting that you require knowledge of PLM. I am not very familiar with this software but am absolutely willing to undertake training."

Rachelle's Answer

It's great that you are willing to learn! Even better would be to show the interviewer that you have already taken the initiative. I see there are many free tutorials on YouTube available. You could also check out a site such as SkillShare, which may have coursework on the fundamentals of PLM. I have provided a revision below.

"I have excellent skills in Illustrator and Photoshop for producing flats and tech packs. I read that your organization requires knowledge of PLM, so I have started self-guided learning online through YouTube tutorials and a SkillShare workshop."

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7.

How do you relate to our company and our company culture?

Always review the job posting and company website/social media pages before an interview to familiarize yourself with the company.

Answer this question by mentioning something you read on the job posting or website re: company culture, and provide a reason as to why this is the right environment for you and how much of an asset you will be for them.

Rachelle's Answer

"I saw on the job posting that you pride yourself on your family-oriented work environment. This is my ideal company culture as I am a team player who loves collaborative environments and working toward common goals."

8.

What trends do you currently see in the fashion industry?

It is imperative to always conduct your due diligence before an interview by reviewing the job description, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the company and work involved.

Tell the interviewer about fashion trends you have identified in areas specific to the company you applied for. It is important to show the interviewer you did not apply to the advertised position simply because you are looking for just any job, but that you wish to work for this company specifically.

Rachelle's Answer

"Some trends I see in the fashion industry are (X trends related to the company you are applying for). I reviewed the job description and website before this interview and know you are a company specializing in similar areas. This is one more reason why I am particularly excited about this position."

9.

What are your greatest strengths, and how will they help you as a Fashion Designer?

Tell the interviewer your greatest strengths which you believe will help you be successful in this role.

Rachelle's Answer

"I thrive on challenges and do not hesitate to work long hours to get the job done. I also have strong project management, time management and organizational skills which will absolutely benefit me in this role."

10.

What do you know about our company?

Tell the interviewer about your knowledge of the company you applied for. It is imperative to always conduct your due diligence before an interview by reviewing the job description, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the company and work involved. It is also important to show the interviewer you did not apply to the advertised position simply because you are looking for just any job, but that you wish to work for this company specifically.

Rachelle's Answer

"I reviewed the job description and website before this interview and know you are a company specializing in (X services you noticed on the company website). I am particularly excited about (X programs/initiatives) that I saw on your (website/social media pages) as I (X reasons you are excited about these programs/initiatives, such as passion or similar initiatives undertaken in school or volunteer capacity)."

11.

What do you know about our target audience, and how do you relate to it?

Tell the interviewer about your knowledge of the company's target audience as per the job posting and company website/social media pages. Always conduct your due diligence before an interview by reviewing the job description, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the company, industry, clients and work involved. It is also important to show the interviewer you did not apply to the advertised position simply because you are looking for just any job, but that you wish to work for this company specifically.

Rachelle's Answer

"I reviewed the job description and website before this interview and know your target audience is (X). I relate to that audience because I have extensive experience, such as (X experience by mentioning the company you worked for)."

12.

What are your goals as a Fashion Designer?

Tell the interviewer about your goals as a Fashion Designer related to the company you are applying for, and by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity presents itself at another company.

It is mandatory to review the company website and social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company, industry and services offered.

Rachelle's Answer

"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to fashion and design generally. In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and managing a team of professionals. I also saw on your website that you (X initiative/program that sparked your interest). This is a program/initiative I would also love to get involved in as I am extremely passionate about this program/initiative."

13.

What skills are important for a successful career in fashion design?

Always review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits required from the successful incumbent.

Answer this question by mentioning some of the skills listed on the job posting, if outlined, and provide an example of these skills in a professional capacity. Alternatively, provide your top skills, which you believe will highly benefit you in this role, and provide an example of these skills in a professional setting, preferably related to the type of position you applied for.

Rachelle's Answer

"The most important skills are having time management skills, metiiculousness and hardworking capabilities, which I possess. These skills served me well in my last position at (X company name) where I was employed as a/an (X position title). In this role, I (X confirmation re: how/why your skills benefitted you in this role)."

14.

How well do you take criticism? Give me an example.

Answer this question by providing examples of your ability to remain calm, collected and professional at all times. Lastly, provide an example of a situation reflecting your ability to handle criticism. If such a situation never happened to you, tell the interviewer how you would hypothetically handle such a situation.

Rachelle's Answer

"No example comes to mind. However, I would always remain calm and professional, and would do my best to follow up with my superior so as to obtain feedback. I always welcome constructive criticism as it enables me to better myself and improve my work."

15.

What is your favorite part about being a Fashion Designer?

Tell the interviewer about your passion for this career and what you look the most forward to in this position. Review the job posting before your interview to familiarize yourself with the duties involved, and mention one or many duties that you look the most forward to, and why.

Rachelle's Answer

"My favorite part about being a Fashion Designer, and what excites me the most about this position specifically, is the opportunity to work with clients internationally. My past experience was extremely exciting, however my clients were all local. I am extremely passionate about this career and look forward to acquiring further skills with clients of different cultures."

Anonymous Answer

"My favorite part about being a Fashion Designer, and what excites me the most about this position specifically, is the opportunity to work with a group of creative people and collaboration. The design development process and research is another area that I am very interested in."

Rachelle's Answer

The things that you love about fashion design describe the function of the job, in some ways. For that reason, I recommend unpacking that even further. I have offered a start for you, below.

"My favorite part of being a fashion designer is having the opportunity to collaborate with highly creative people on the research, design, and development of new fashion lines. What this collaboration means to me is..../what these opportunities bring to me are..../I plan to grow from these experiences by..."

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Interview Questions

  1. Why did you choose a career as a Fashion Designer?
  2. In what area of design do you wish to specialize in?
  3. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  4. What motivates you as a Fashion Designer?
  5. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
  6. Tell me about the software you have experience using to produce designs.
  7. How do you relate to our company and our company culture?
  8. What trends do you currently see in the fashion industry?
  9. What are your greatest strengths, and how will they help you as a Fashion Designer?
  10. What do you know about our company?
  11. What do you know about our target audience, and how do you relate to it?
  12. What are your goals as a Fashion Designer?
  13. What skills are important for a successful career in fashion design?
  14. How well do you take criticism? Give me an example.
  15. What is your favorite part about being a Fashion Designer?
  16. Why are you the best candidate for our company?
  17. How do you stay up to date with fashion?
  18. Tell me about your educational qualifications, and how they will contribute to your success in this position.
  19. Who are your favorite designers?
  20. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it?
  21. Tell me about an accomplishment you are the most proud of.
  22. Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion to the Creative Designer, and he/she ignored it?
  23. How have you, or would you, deal with conflicts that emerge in a professional environment?
  24. What do you enjoy most about working in a team environment?
  25. Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
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