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Top 30 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a delivery deadline. How did you try to improve the situation?
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Question 2 of 32
How many years of experience do you have with tailoring or sewing?
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This is a simple question with a simple answer. Answer honestly and directly. Try to infuse passion into your answer.

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"I have 2 years experience in professional tailoring. Beforehand, I learned from my Dad who was a professional tailor for 30 years. I knew for most of my life this was a profession that I wanted to enter and am very excited about getting that opportunity with your company."
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Question 3 of 32
Have you ever made a sewing mistake you could not correct? How did you handle the situation?
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Everyone makes mistakes. How you bounce back is what's important. Employers want someone who is honest and holds themselves accountable. Show your integrity in your response. Take responsibility, and also show your initiative by showing how you took steps to try to prevent future mistakes of the same type. If there are any improvements that came from your mistake, mention it as well.

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"When I was starting out, I once cut besom pockets instead of patch pockets for a suit jacket. I told my boss what I did wrong. He wasn't happy, of course. I told him what went wrong: I was working too quickly and misread the order form. I asked him for more training on the order form. A few weeks later, we changed the order form to be more clear based on my recommendations."
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Question 4 of 32
How would you handle a situation where you have altered a person's same suit three times, but still, the customer insists it does not fit right?
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Explain your thought process clearly by outlining your troubleshooting process.

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"I would have to look into whether this is a physical issue or a psychological one. If the feeling is physical, then the solution is different than if it's psychological. It's either a problem with the fit or the design, and I need to ask the client specific questions to see which one it is. Either way, three alterations is too much. I would apologize for the inconvenience and work with him to come to an agreement that satisfies him. At the end of the day, his satisfaction with the solution is all that matters."
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Question 5 of 32
Why do you want to work for our company?
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This is a broad question. While the most obvious answer is that you need a job, the interviewer wants to see that you took the time to do research about the company and can fit into the organization and it's mission.

In your response, highlight any commonalities that you share with the company. This can include anything from shared social connections, the company values, and professional knowledge.

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"I'm really interested in working here because I really like the styles that you create. I also read that you focus on weddings, and I love to be a part of those lifelong memories. The bride is going to look at her wedding pictures five, ten years from now, and she'll be looking at the dress that we made for her, and I really cherish that."
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Question 6 of 32
A customer is asking you to make alterations that would be extremely time-consuming, and you have six other garments to work on, all with varying complexity. What do you do?
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Question 7 of 32
Tell me about a time when you overcame a problem to finish a garment.
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Question 8 of 32
Tell me about a time when you were very proud of what you made. Why were you proud?
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Question 9 of 32
A first-time customer tries on a custom garment and expresses delight. However, you see that there are fit issues. What do you do?
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Question 10 of 32
You hemmed a garment for a customer and it's too short by contemporary fashion standards. How do you handle the situation?
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Question 11 of 32
Have you ever had a customer compliment you? What did he or she say?
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Question 12 of 32
What are some of the ways you keep up with fashion trends?
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Question 13 of 32
There's a thread in a buttonhole that is the wrong color, but it would be very hard for anyone to notice. What do you do?
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Question 14 of 32
You just finished a garment and realized that you made an irreversible mistake; the garment needs to be completely remade and cannot be altered. What do you do?
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Question 15 of 32
A prospective customer is making very specialized requests. Your boss is eager to take on the customer, but you're not confident that you can do a good job on that garment. What do you do?
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Question 16 of 32
What do you enjoy the most about being a tailor/dressmaker?
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Question 17 of 32
What did you dislike about the last company that you worked for?
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Question 18 of 32
Your company just took an order for a highly customized dress for a wedding, and the deadline is much closer than you're accustomed to. How do you feel? How do you handle this situation?
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Question 19 of 32
Do you see yourself more as an artist or an engineer? Why?
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Question 20 of 32
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 21 of 32
How long do you see yourself being a tailor?
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Question 22 of 32
Give me an example of how you have an eye for detail.
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Question 23 of 32
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 24 of 32
How would you handle a situation in which one of your garments needs alteration, and your superior recommends a tailoring technique that you don't believe would be effective?
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Question 25 of 32
What are some techniques you use to reduce wasted time? Wasted fabric?
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Question 26 of 32
How do you deal with a situation where you're asked to handle a new cloth that you never used before?
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Question 27 of 32
How do you handle a situation where a customer requests a style that you usually don't use?
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Question 28 of 32
Tell me about a time when a customer offended you and how you handled it.
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Question 29 of 32
What factors do you consider when making alterations that the customer requests?
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Question 30 of 32
How do you handle very demanding customers who firmly believe that they know what's best?
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Question 31 of 32
Do you cut and make the entire suit, or do you work with a team?
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Question 32 of 32
What makes a good tailor? And a bad one? Please give examples.
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About Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

August 18th, 2017

The art of sewing is often a skill passed down from generations. Tailors make clothes specifically fitting to an individual which can include custom suits and dress shirts. Dressmakers do the same; however, specifically for dresses. This can include wedding dresses, ballgowns and couture. Dressmakers are historically referred to as a modiste or mantua-maker. A more recent term for this profession is 'sewist'.

A Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer can own their own small business or be employed by a department store, high end clothier, a fashion house, dry cleaner, wedding dress shop, textile mill, or even a clothing store in the mall.

Tailor's should be creative minded and be able to follow a pattern as though it were a blueprint. Having a creative vision that comes to life for their client is just one of the many ways that a Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer will find their job so creatively satisfying.

A Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer can be successful with on-the-job training and a lot of practice. There is an option to attend post-secondary studies. Many tailors, dressmakers and custom sewers will have formal education in design, fashion, or art.

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