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35 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Tell me about the largest event you have ever prepared flower arrangements for?
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As a florist, large events can be stressful. You must perfectly time your orders and ensure that your supply is correct. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage large orders and events.
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1.
Tell me about the largest event you have ever prepared flower arrangements for?
As a florist, large events can be stressful. You must perfectly time your orders and ensure that your supply is correct. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to manage large orders and events.

Rachelle's Answer
"The largest event that I have ever prepared flower arrangements for was an incredibly large wedding of 600 guests. We handled every detail from bouquets to corsages to decorating the church and the reception area. It was an incredible task and I would love to do a large event like that again."
2.
What is Baby's Breath, and when is that typically used in an arrangement?
Display to the interviewer that you have the knowledge required in order to be a great floral designer.

Rachelle's Answer
"Baby's breath, also called Gypsophila, are tiny flowers that bloom in white and pink. They enjoy full exposure to the sun and make a great filler for flower arrangements due to their airy feel."
3.
Take a few minutes to walk me through your floral design experience, from your very first position, until now.
Briefly explain your work history, including any movement, to the interviewer. Be sure to include any special recognition or rewards that you have received.

Rachelle's Answer
"I began my work in floral design in 2004 after graduating from a Horticulture program at our community college. With Company X, I was an apprentice for 6 months before being promoted to Key Holder. Then, in 2008 I was asked to join another florist as their Manager. I have worked for this company since then and am now looking for a bigger challenge."
4.
Do you consider yourself creative?
A great floral designer should have creative flair. Talk to the interviewer about your creative capabilities.

Rachelle's Answer
"I consider myself to be very creative! I am able to create beautiful arrangements on any budget and take calculated risks with designs when my clients allow for it."
5.
Tell me about a Carnation flower.
Display to the interviewer that you have the knowledge required in order to be a great floral designer.

Rachelle's Answer
"Carnations are a herbaceous perennial plant that are said to be from the Mediterranean region. They have a very wide range of colors."
6.
Describe your philosophy on customer service.
Great customer service is incredibly important, especially in a competitive space. Assure the interviewer that you would put their customers first.

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe that great customer service is the one thing that sets you apart from your competitors. Consumers will return to the place that they felt most comfortable and tended to. I will always go above customer expectations to win their business again and to gain referrals."
7.
As a floral designer you may be in extra demand for special events and holidays. Are you willing to work overtime, evenings, and weekends as needed?
As a floral designer, you know that the customer flow can be very seasonal. Assure the interviewer that you are able, and willing, to go the extra mile during those busy seasons.

Rachelle's Answer
"With wedding season just around the corner, I am well aware that I will be required to work overtime. I am happy to make myself available for the hours that you need."
8.
Who would you say inspires you?
Show that you are prepared for the interview by having an immediate answer. The only wrong answer here is simply, "I don't know." In most interviews, you will get one or two personal questions to see how you present yourself. You want to be able to articulate yourself well, responding politely and even passionately when appropriate. A good way to respond to this question is by sharing about a person who has been a positive influence on you and your career. If your dad motivated you to push through to finish your education, talk about how that impacted you. Who showed you that it was possible to overcome even the greatest obstacles? Who taught you the skills that brought you where you are today?
Rachelle's Answer
"I don't know."
9.
How would you describe your personality?
Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your personal traits vs. your integrity. This would include buzz words such as introverted, energetic, and confident.

Rachelle's Answer
"I would describe my personality as approachable, light hearted, and positive. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me."
10.
Why have you chosen to be a floral designer?
Have you always wanted to be a floral designer? Where does your passion and creativity come from? Talk to the interviewer about your passion when it comes to floral design.

Rachelle's Answer
"Growing up, my mom owned a floral shop. It's always been what I have known. It's a great creative outlet and I love to surprise people with the beauty of flowers."
11.
We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
Some businesses have trouble with employee theft and they need to make sure that they are hiring someone who is honest and trustworthy. Talk to the interviewer about the steps you would take if you caught a co-worker stealing.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am sure that you have an internal policy for employee theft so I can assure you that I would follow the required steps to report the theft. I am a trustworthy person with a strong track record of honesty with my previous employers."
12.
What kinds of qualities do you believe a flower designer should have?
Some of the employers' preferences will be listed in their job posting or job description. If you can incorporate your answer with their requests, it's a great place to start.

Rachelle's Answer
"I feel that a lot of the most important qualities are similar to the ones you listed in your job posting. Customer service oriented, honest, creative, and reliable."
13.
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
"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."
14.
Are you a team player?
Yes! No matter where you work you need to be a team player to help a company achieve its goals, so be prepared to tell the interviewer, "Yes, I am!" Expand on this by sharing your philosophy on the importance of teamwork and being a part of a team. Tell the interviewer that it takes a group of people for a company to achieve its goals, and you recognize that each person is a piece of the puzzle. You recognize that there may be days where you need to perform duties outside of your usual job description to help out, or you may need to spend time mentoring and coaching new employees to ensure they are fitting into the team.
Rachelle's Answer
"Yes, I am!"
15.
What is your favorite flower and why?
Which flower speaks best to you and why? Talk to the interviewer about your favorite flower and what your emotional attachment is to that particular flower.

Rachelle's Answer
"My favorite flower is the red rose. It's romantic, a classic, and the smell is unbeatable. I am a fan of traditional flowers that surpass trends."
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Interview Questions
  1. Tell me about the largest event you have ever prepared flower arrangements for?
  2. What is Baby's Breath, and when is that typically used in an arrangement?
  3. Take a few minutes to walk me through your floral design experience, from your very first position, until now.
  4. Do you consider yourself creative?
  5. Tell me about a Carnation flower.
  6. Describe your philosophy on customer service.
  7. As a floral designer you may be in extra demand for special events and holidays. Are you willing to work overtime, evenings, and weekends as needed?
  8. Who would you say inspires you?
  9. How would you describe your personality?
  10. Why have you chosen to be a floral designer?
  11. We have had concerns with employee theft recently. What would you do if you caught a co-worker stealing?
  12. What kinds of qualities do you believe a flower designer should have?
  13. What are your salary expectations?
  14. Are you a team player?
  15. What is your favorite flower and why?
  16. How many arrangements can you make in one day?
  17. What is your favorite way to express yourself artistically on your time off?
  18. How extensive is your knowledge on plants?
  19. What type of flower is an Iris?
  20. What would you do if a customer wanted an arrangement that you believe would not be attractive?
  21. Why do you want this job?
  22. Do you have any post-secondary education?
  23. Tell me about yourself.
  24. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
  25. What feedback did you receive at your last job?
  26. What type of manager brings out the best in you?
  27. If you could take a course to learn a new floral design skill what would it be?
  28. How would you go about determining what kind of arrangement a customer needs?
  29. How would you discuss your vision with the customer?
  30. Why are you the best floral designer for us?
  31. Are you a detail oriented person?
  32. Do you aspire to own your own floral shop one day?
  33. Tell me about a Calla flower.
  34. Tell me about a time when you made an error on an arrangement. How did you fix the arrangement and please the customer?
  35. Have you ever had a dispute with a customer? How did you handle it?
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