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Being a reliable model is of utmost importance. How would you describe your work ethic?

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  1. 1.

    Being a reliable model is of utmost importance. How would you describe your work ethic?

      When the interviewer asks about your work ethic, they are looking for specific examples or keywords they can relate to. When you read the agency's mission statement, do they refer to particular company ethics? Talk about their values and how those align well with your work values.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am a very dedicated and loyal model. I saw on your website that you describe your agency as honest, transparent and you go the extra mile for your clients and models. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for every client."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Some characteristics you may want to use are:

      - Determined/Driven
      - Accountable
      - Humble
      - Respectful
      - Dependable
      - Creative"

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  2. 2.

    As a model, have you ever broken a contract, NDA, or confidentiality agreement?

      Clients and agencies may have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring existing contracts over on the occasion that you leave their agency.Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on respecting these agreements.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. I would never choose to hurt a client, or my agency, in any way."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "No. I have only once had a confidentiality agreement and had no problem adhering to it."

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  3. 3.

    How do you handle a situation where a photographer does not properly direct you?

      You cannot force others to communicate with you in a way that you would always prefer. Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have handled a situation of miscommunication with a photographer.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Whenever I have had a photographer who does not properly communicate with me, I try to learn their style of communication and emulate it. Sometimes you simply have to relate to others in their style to be understood."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have worked for a photographer previously who was incredibly brief in his communication. Many times, I would have to put the pieces together for myself. I managed through it, and it taught me independent thought."

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  4. 4.

    What is your greatest weakness, as a model? What are you doing to improve on it?

      Pick a weakness that is not a core skill as a model. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My greatest weakness, as a model, is my critical nature. I am a perfectionist and often require perfection from my shoots. I feel while this may not be considered a negative, personally, sometimes I struggle if I see flaws in a photograph that perhaps another person loves. This is sometimes difficult to adjust to, although I always tell myself that everyone has differing opinions that I can learn from."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My greatest weakness at this point is the lack of diversity in my porfolio. I know I need to book more comp shoots with up and coming photographers. I have been making calls to make this happen."

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  5. 5.

    Would you consider yourself a creative person?

      Talk to the interviewer about any creative interests that you and how you have implemented that into your modeling career. Even if you do not consider yourself to be a 'creative person,' there is a significant chance that you have made creative minded decisions in your modeling career.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I do consider myself to be a creative individual. One example of this would be the way that I tweak my outfits on set, to make them a bit more 'me.' I offer a lively and creative presence, even in my wardrobe."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am someone who alternates back and forth with the right/left brain, but I will always consider myself a very creative person. I admire the creativity and unconventional thinking that goes into print and commercial work."

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  6. 6.

    What are your goals as a model?

      Provide the interviewer an an idea of where you see your modeling career take you. Be specific but also realistic. If you are a fitness model, don't say that you want to become the next Kate Moss. If you are a high fashion model, don't focus on your desire to land more commercials.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I see myself working the catwalk beside the best of the best! I have hired a walking coach and am practicing my go-see interview skills."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I aspire to be a fitness model, on the cover of magazines like Shape, and Sports Illustrated. To reach this goal, I have hired a personal trainer, and I work out six days a week. I have my first fitness shoot, to build up my portfolio, booked for next week."

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  7. 7.

    What is your greatest strength, as a model?

      Which personal strengths make you excellent at your job? Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or kill it in challenging photo shoots. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful as a model.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My greatest strength as a model is in the diversity I bring to my photo shoots. I do not want to give the same face all of the time and come across as a one trick pony. Diversity is what gets a model booked, these days!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My passion for clothing design and photography is what sets me apart as a model. I understand that modeling is not a one-dimensional career path. The more I know about production as a whole, the better I can perform as a model."

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  8. 8.

    How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?

      Often, a modeling environment holds the possibility for awkward or tense situations. It can be challenging to know how to respond when you have a director who is moody, or when a fellow model lacks social skills and continually asks inappropriate questions. The interviewer wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations like these.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have had my share of awkward situations in my modeling career! If an uncomfortable situation arises, I tend to face the issue head-on but in a tactful way. Sweeping things under the rug rarely helps. I have no problem being open with my grievances if I am not feeling comfortable in a particular situation."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Uncomfortable situations do not weigh on me. I have learned how to face my problems and persevere, and I never take my feelings home with me."

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  9. 9.

    Do you work well under pressure?

      As a model, you will be under constant pressure, on and off the set. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you can remain calm with high volumes of work or during tough photo shoots.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I thrive working under pressure. It keeps me motivated and I would much rather be busy than quiet. I enjoy working to time constraints and having direction and goals so, a pressurized environment is second nature to me."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I understand that I will be under a great deal of pressure as a model, especially when shoots and campaigns will need to be completed quickly. There will also be pressure on me to keep my body, hair, and skin looking a particular way. Pressure is what drives me to be my best, and it often tips me into that fierce competitive edge needed to succeed in this industry."

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  10. 10.

    Tell me about your education and training related to modeling.

      You may have formal training when it comes to modeling, or you may not. This is a straightforward answer. Bring your education and training to life for the interviewer!

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford. This degree helped me to expand my knowledge when it comes to design, structure, space, color, and movement. This education has helped me tremendously when it comes to my career as a model."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have not attended any specific modeling related courses. However, I have a genuine passion for the industry and would welcome the opportunity to study further to expand my knowledge and skills."

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  11. 11.

    Tell me something I wouldn't know about you, from looking at your portfolio.

      When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in becoming a model, and what you enjoy about it. This is an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful modeling career, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am a very active individual who loves to workout and go to the mountains on the weekend. I feel that my level of activity on my off time greatly improves my delivery as a model. I have a high amount of energy to offer!"

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  12. 12.

    Have you ever been fired from a modeling job?

      Being terminated does not have to be an embarrassing or shameful thing. Be open and honest with the interviewer regarding your dismissal. Be sure to let the interviewer know that you can provide positive references despite a previous termination.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I was terminated from a contract earlier in my career due to my inability to travel. It was unfortunate but, I was too young to travel on my own, and my parent could not come with me. Despite that termination, I can provide you with strong work references."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have not experienced being fired from a modeling job, or any job, for that matter. I have an incredible work ethic and could not imagine what circumstances that would happen. Rest assured, I will bring my all to every client your agency sends me to."

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  13. 13.

    Let's discuss your availability. Are you able to travel? Can you work any hours, on any day?

      The interviewer would like to know if you have flexibility in your schedule. Are you willing to do what it takes to be a successful model? If you do have restrictions, be sure to express those. You will want to keep your schedule as open as possible, to show your willingness to sacrifice for your dream of becoming a model.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am happy to work day, and night, to make my dream of becoming a model happen. I am diligent and will do what it takes to succeed. Consider my schedule open!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I have a fresh passport, and nowhere to go! I am open to working any days or hours, and can travel as needed."

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  14. 14.

    Tell me about your experience as a model.

      The interviewer would like fuller details on your overall experience in the modeling industry. Bring your expertise to life for the interviewer. Highlight some of the photographers you have worked with, or some of the shows you have walked in. If you are a new model, and just starting your portfolio, discuss who you worked with to build your comp card or tell a story on how you were discovered.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "My interest in modeling started from a young age. I was involved in a Gap Kids fashion show at our local mall when I was just eight years old. I quickly decided modeling was the career for me. Entering into my teens, I was selected to be the face of a local clothing company. I am now in a position to further my portfolio past commercial print work and expand my knowledge of the industry."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I was recently discovered by a local talent agent when shopping at the mall with some friends. I was invited to come into their studio for an initial shoot. From there, I have caught the bug! I want to learn everything that I can about this industry."

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  15. 15.

    Why did you choose to pursue a career as a model?

      Your reason for chasing a modeling career does not need to be complicated. You can keep your answer personal, or tell a story if you would like. Perhaps you grew up in pageantry, your parent was a model, or you grew up watching modeling shows like America's Next Top Model. Fun! Whatever your reason, keep it concise and confident.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have always had a keen interest in fashion, but never felt I was the right size or shape for typical modeling work. I was approached in my late teens by a talent scout and soon realized this was something I could pursue, as a full figure model. Receiving positive feedback from the small campaigns I have worked on has inspired me to want to continue this as a full-time career."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I grew up watching TV shows like ANTM, and it inspired me to practice my walk, my posing, and try new looks. I decided to try my hand at modeling recently and have done a few shoots with photographers. I have tried bridal, athletic wear, and lingerie shoots. I love them all!"

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  16. 16.

    When have you worked among a diverse group of people?

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  17. 17.

    Models need to be clear communicators. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.

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  18. 18.

    When entering a new modeling gig, describe how you build relationships with the creative team or your fellow models.

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  19. 19.

    Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?

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  20. 20.

    When you suffer a setback during a shoot, how do you recover?

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  21. 21.

    Who do you look up to in the modeling industry?

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  22. 22.

    What do you know about our agency?

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  23. 23.

    Why are you the best model for us?

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  24. 24.

    How would you react if asked to do a shoot you were not comfortable with? What are your limitations?

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  25. 25.

    Tell me about your most difficult photo shoot.

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