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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated September 26th, 2020 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What are your goals as a model?
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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.
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1.
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."
2.
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."
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."
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."
5.
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity. As a model, you will work with a vast range of personalities, and backgrounds. Some people will be incredibly professional, some may be arrogant, and others may be disengaged completely. Can you handle it all?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have worked with diverse groups of people most of my modeling career. In creative environments, you must be able to handle an extensive range of personalities. I am most comfortable, and happy, in this type of environment because it offers a great learning opportunity."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Diversity is part of any industry, but modeling it seems offers an even greater range. I embrace diversity because I have a lot of people to learn from, and shape my modeling career after."
6.
When entering a new modeling gig, describe how you build relationships with the creative team or your fellow models.
Due to a wide variety of personalities, relationships can take time to form. How do you ensure that you have a strong line of communication with your fellow models, or creative team, right from the start?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I understand that some relationships come quickly and others take time to nurture. When starting a new modeling gig, all that I can do is be my true self and let my personality, integrity, and reliability speak for themselves."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I understand that people like to talk about themselves. The best way that I can create new relationships with others is by asking them about themselves. Hopefully, we find common ground and make a quick connection!"
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."
8.
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."
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."
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."
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!"
12.
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."
13.
Models need to be clear communicators. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. The photographers and other professionals I have worked with in the past will attest to my clear and concise communication skills."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It is the foundation of all success in all modeling jobs. I am always striving to be a better communicator, so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
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."
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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Interview Questions
  1. What are your goals as a model?
  2. How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?
  3. How do you handle a situation where a photographer does not properly direct you?
  4. What is your greatest weakness, as a model? What are you doing to improve on it?
  5. When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
  6. When entering a new modeling gig, describe how you build relationships with the creative team or your fellow models.
  7. What is your greatest strength, as a model?
  8. Have you ever been fired from a modeling job?
  9. Do you work well under pressure?
  10. Tell me about your education and training related to modeling.
  11. Tell me something I wouldn't know about you, from looking at your portfolio.
  12. As a model, have you ever broken a contract, NDA, or confidentiality agreement?
  13. Models need to be clear communicators. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
  14. Tell me about your experience as a model.
  15. Why did you choose to pursue a career as a model?
  16. Let's discuss your availability. Are you able to travel? Can you work any hours, on any day?
  17. Being a reliable model is of utmost importance. How would you describe your work ethic?
  18. Do people see you as a trustworthy and honest individual?
  19. Would you consider yourself a creative person?
  20. When you suffer a setback during a shoot, how do you recover?
  21. Who do you look up to in the modeling industry?
  22. What do you know about our agency?
  23. Why are you the best model for us?
  24. How would you react if asked to do a shoot you were not comfortable with? What are your limitations?
  25. Tell me about your most difficult photo shoot.
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