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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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"I had a suit that was overdue by one week. The reason was because the cutter had a sudden family emergency, and the person who took over was new. This disrupted the flow of my work. I worked a few hours extra each day until the suit was finished. I told the boss that we need to make sure we have backups in place, like keeping a list of freelance tailors who we can outsource the work to in emergencies."
If you have never failed to meet a deadline, explain how you're able to do so. For instance, show the systems you have in place to keep track of time and the pace of your work. If you have failed a deadline, explain the situation, including why you ended up behind schedule. Tell the outcome and any steps you took to reduce the likelihood of future repeats of this mistake.
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Question 2 of 32
How many years of experience do you have with tailoring or sewing?
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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."
This is a simple question with a simple answer. Answer honestly and directly. Try to infuse passion into your answer.
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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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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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Question 5 of 32
Why do you want to work for our company?
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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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User-Submitted Interview Answers

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?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Yes, I am very strict and efficient with my time.
2.
I try to sew each garment with as much speed and accuracy as possible.
3.
Yes I am. I can organize my time efficiently by put schedule for my work. I try to finish what is needed first than work on finish the next.
4.
Priority is the KEY to efficiency.
5.
Yes, Iam very strict and efficient with my time.
Question 2 of 32
How many years of experience do you have with tailoring or sewing?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I have experience from tailoring and sewing 25 yers.
2.
I have more than 10 years experiences.
3.
I've been sewing for 30 years.
4.
Yes, I like to meet deadlines that I've set for myself.
5.
I have around 20 years experience with sewing.
6.
Do you have a passion for sewing.
7.
I have more than one year experience. I worked in India there also I was stitching.
8.
I have nearly 2 years experience.
9.
I have more than 3 years experience.
10.
I have total experience more than one year. But I do stitching at home all kind of patterns last 5 years. When I was in india and continiued in canada also.
11.
I have more than 5 years experience.
12.
I have more than 5 years experience.
13.
I have had eight years of sewing experience and about 4 years experience sewing with an industrial machine.
14.
About 5-6 years. I haven't taken any formal classes.
15.
I have about 4 to 5 years of experience.
Question 3 of 32
Have you ever made a sewing mistake you could not correct? How did you handle the situation?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I tell me menager obout this situation.
2.
Yes, I cut out that section and redid it.
3.
If I have fabric, I would cut again and start from the beginning. Also there is always a solution.
4.
I have never made uncorrected mistakes.
5.
Never happen with me that I did sewing mistake.
6.
Offer to replace expense of fabric.
7.
As far as I can work on same fabric I would try my best.
8.
Still now I did't make like that mistakes. In future also I will not get like this situation.
9.
I recal correctly I did not do these kind of mistakes. If I will face these kind of situations I will consoult my supervisiors.
10.
First I will approach to my co worker. We both also cannot solve that then finally I will go to my manager.
11.
Yes and no, I am a problem solver so I will usually find a way to fix the problem. If I feel I run out of solutions I will brainstorm with a coworker or let the manager know.
12.
I clipped a small hole in a garment and used the same fabric to conceal it.
13.
In every situation there is a way.
14.
In the early days of sewing I made mistakes that I could not correct. More recently I have been able to figure out ways to correct the mistake even if it means taking things apart, cutting new fabric, etc. There is always a solution to any sewing mistake.
15.
Report to my manager and alter new garment.
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?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I always teke my job seriosl, andt his is not only my job, but also my career.I am a perfectionist when it comes to this cusnomers always loved mey job I did for them and when ieven fixed other mistakes.Which is something I dont like to do, dut I wil not let a customer walk away with unfinished or unsatisfied item.
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Live fitting to see what is wrong.
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I would measure it again, and alter it again, but I would give the custemer discount.
4.
Say,"just go try another one!"
5.
Say,"just go try another one!"
6.
I will try to explain the customer that I will try one more time to alter the suit.
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I would make sure I got their measurments at the first fitting and.
8.
Have a talk with the Owner to discuss actions settlement.
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I would like to redo it again.
10.
Why did you leave your previous company?
11.
First I will convince the customer then I will analyze where it went wrong. Then I will promise to customer this time I will make perfect to your suit.
12.
First off all I apology to that customer. I will promise to that customer this time totally I will put full effort and analyze on that. This time I am sure I will give perfect fit.
13.
Still now I did't face the situation. Suppose I will be in that situation first I will say appologies to that customer. Then I will do anolasys on that then I will say thatcustomer this time deffenately I will do perfect fitting for that suit. I am sure from now on wards I won't get any complaints.
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Really I didnot face that kind of situation. If the situation comes first I appolazies that customer. I wiil do through analasys again. I will try to find the root causeof the problem and find the solution to it. I will ensure that theasekind of complaints will not be repeated.
15.
Still now I didnot face like this situation. Suppose I will face lije this situation first of all iwill say appolozies to the customer. I will do anolasys on that tharoughly. I will promise to that customer going forward I will not any complaint like this.
Question 5 of 32
Why do you want to work for our company?
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1.
I wold like to work the company I was dremening off.
2.
I like your company, your perfectionism, your style and I would like to improve my skills working for you.
3.
I would double check their measurements I would have taken at their first fitting. Then, take their measurements again and have them put the garment on. I would have them show me what part is not fitting right. If the measurements are the same I would alter it with no charge, but I would charge an extra fee of the measurements are not them same.
4.
For the good reputation that your company has I want to share my talent.
5.
I need to get associated with the company.
6.
I want to work for this company because this is one of the best company's according to the ratings on the internet. I also want work in your company because I like sewing as it is my hobbie and my dream is to work in a good conoany like yours.
7.
I would like to work the company. Because I have seen so many reviews of this company. All that reviews says it is excellent working culture. So I am glad to work in this company.
8.
I love sewing and want to further my career as a seamtress. Also to learn more about my husband's uniforms and the regulations.
9.
It's one of the largest chain companies to work with, exciting, and I get to use my skill to add to perfection of the company. I like that you train people in the community with skills to work with the company and you allow your employees to be themselves.
10.
It's my job, it's my life.
11.
I want to work here because it is well reputed, I am very impressed with how far its come being such a new company. I also want to work with a fashion, tech savvy company that is at the top of its game. I want to be a part of a brand that people get excited to talk about. I also want to use my technical skills and expertise to the fullest and working at this company in this role covers all of this.
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?
Question 7 of 32
Tell me about a time when you overcame a problem to finish a garment.
Question 8 of 32
Tell me about a time when you were very proud of what you made. Why were you proud?
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?
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?
Question 11 of 32
Have you ever had a customer compliment you? What did he or she say?
Question 12 of 32
What are some of the ways you keep up with fashion trends?
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?
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?
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?
Question 16 of 32
What do you enjoy the most about being a tailor/dressmaker?
Question 17 of 32
What did you dislike about the last company that you worked for?
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?
Question 19 of 32
Do you see yourself more as an artist or an engineer? Why?
Question 20 of 32
Why are you the best candidate for us?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am a hard working, determined person. I am also pleasant and approachable for customers. I have tried to get a variety of different experience. I am teachable.
2.
I am very reliable, responsible and hard-working person. I always provide good quality and I finish my work on time.
3.
I make sure I do any alterations the best and most efficient way I can. I always am willing to learn new techniques.
4.
I have more than 20 years of experience in sewing. I know how to deal with the customers with any age and I have the patents to make them satisfied.
5.
I think I am the best canditate for you. Basically I am a very hard working and determined person. I love my job. I feel this not my work place. This is like my family and my co workers are my family members. I have tried to get different kind of experience. I think I am teacheble.
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Best candidate because I have passion for the "responsibilities" and to me it would be less like work and more like getting paid to do what I love. I also have a vested interest in the company, its mission and what it represents. I also feel as if I have a very well rounded fashion history, as ive working in all areas of fashion from design to production to retail.
7.
Very punctual, polite, excellent knowledge on the profession.
Question 21 of 32
How long do you see yourself being a tailor?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Gather expericence enough to oversee my family business.
2.
I would like in the future to work as a coordinator or quality control.
3.
I would love to have my own alterations business specializing in wedding and special occasions dresses.
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To have my own business in sewing dresses for the ladies.
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To be an expert in my field.
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My career goals are become fashion designer. I want to make variety of designs for ladies.
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Being a good professional master.
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Career goals are to work for top fashion companies where my technical skills and expertise will be creatively utilized.
Question 22 of 32
Give me an example of how you have an eye for detail.
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Yes, I do have an eye for detail. I want every garment to be perfect and to make the client happy.
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I will always make the garment look just as it did before I altered it.
3.
Yes, because I notice flaws in the clothing I buy or flaws that are there in the clothing my customers used to ginve me when was sewing in india.
4.
Yes, I do have an eye for detail. I want every garment to be perfect and make them client happy.
5.
Yes when it comes to sewing I can be a perfectionist and I love to see solid sewing lines. My favorite thing about industrial sewing machines is they are built for speed and the stitch lines seem so much sturdier.
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Yes, I definitely have an eye for detail and especially if it something that interests me like fashion, sewing, textiles, etc. I have had in engrained in me to be detail oriented and somewhat of a perfectionist because it was the only way to get through fashion school.
Question 23 of 32
How do you handle stressful situations?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I try to calm down and to finish my work properly.
2.
I make sure I stay calm and answer any question the client may have to the best of my knowledge.
3.
I am very patient person, very hard working, and my passion for the art of sewing with my long time experience makes me able to handle stressful situations.
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First of all I will not feel I am in stressful situation. I will do work always happily. So in any situation I am always cheerful.
5.
The age old breathing and counting to ten definitely holds true. Sometimes if needed I will excuse myself and go on a short walk or use the restroom and compose myself. The best thing to do is to stay professional and positive and problem solve.
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?
Question 25 of 32
What are some techniques you use to reduce wasted time? Wasted fabric?
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?
Question 27 of 32
How do you handle a situation where a customer requests a style that you usually don't use?
Question 28 of 32
Tell me about a time when a customer offended you and how you handled it.
Question 29 of 32
What factors do you consider when making alterations that the customer requests?
Question 30 of 32
How do you handle very demanding customers who firmly believe that they know what's best?
Question 31 of 32
Do you cut and make the entire suit, or do you work with a team?
Question 32 of 32
What makes a good tailor? And a bad one? Please give examples.

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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