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Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

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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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How many years of experience do you have with tailoring or sewing?
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Have you ever made a sewing mistake you could not correct? How did you handle the situation?
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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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Why do you want to work for our company?
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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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What makes a good tailor? And a bad one? Please give examples.
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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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Tell me about a time when you were very proud of what you made. Why were you proud?
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Tell me about a time when you overcame a problem to finish a garment.
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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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Have you ever had a customer compliment you? What did he or she say?
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What are some of the ways you keep up with fashion trends?
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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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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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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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What do you enjoy the most about being a tailor/dressmaker?
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What did you dislike about the last company that you worked for?
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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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Do you see yourself more as an artist or an engineer? Why?
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Do you cut and make the entire suit, or do you work with a team?
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How do you handle very demanding customers who firmly believe that they know what's best?
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What factors do you consider when making alterations that the customer requests?
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Tell me about a time when a customer offended you and how you handled it.
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How do you handle a situation where a customer requests a style that you usually don't use?
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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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What are some techniques you use to reduce wasted time? Wasted fabric?
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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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How do you handle stressful situations?
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Give me an example of how you have an eye for detail.
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How long do you see yourself being a tailor?
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Why are you the best candidate for us?
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