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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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List of Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Interview Questions
  1. Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a delivery deadline. How did you try to improve the situation?
  2. How many years of experience do you have with tailoring or sewing?
  3. Have you ever made a sewing mistake you could not correct? How did you handle the situation?
  4. 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?
  5. Why do you want to work for our company?
  6. 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?
  7. Tell me about a time when you overcame a problem to finish a garment.
  8. Tell me about a time when you were very proud of what you made. Why were you proud?
  9. A first-time customer tries on a custom garment and expresses delight. However, you see that there are fit issues. What do you do?
  10. You hemmed a garment for a customer and it's too short by contemporary fashion standards. How do you handle the situation?
  11. Have you ever had a customer compliment you? What did he or she say?
  12. What are some of the ways you keep up with fashion trends?
  13. 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?
  14. 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?
  15. 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?
  16. What do you enjoy the most about being a tailor/dressmaker?
  17. What did you dislike about the last company that you worked for?
  18. 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?
  19. Do you see yourself more as an artist or an engineer? Why?
  20. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  21. How long do you see yourself being a tailor?
  22. Give me an example of how you have an eye for detail.
  23. How do you handle stressful situations?
  24. 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?
  25. What are some techniques you use to reduce wasted time? Wasted fabric?
  26. How do you deal with a situation where you're asked to handle a new cloth that you never used before?
  27. How do you handle a situation where a customer requests a style that you usually don't use?
  28. Tell me about a time when a customer offended you and how you handled it.
  29. What factors do you consider when making alterations that the customer requests?
  30. How do you handle very demanding customers who firmly believe that they know what's best?
  31. Do you cut and make the entire suit, or do you work with a team?
  32. What makes a good tailor? And a bad one? Please give examples.
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Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Information
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.
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers 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 Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
I try to sew each garment with as much speed and accuracy as possible.
3.
Yes, Iam very strict and efficient with my time.
4.
Yes, I am very strict and efficient with my time.
5.
Priority is the KEY to efficiency.
Question 2 of 32
How many years of experience do you have with tailoring or sewing?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have more than 3 years experience.
2.
Do you have a passion for sewing.
3.
I have more than 5 years experience.
4.
I have about 4 to 5 years of experience.
5.
About 5-6 years. I haven't taken any formal classes.
Question 3 of 32
Have you ever made a sewing mistake you could not correct? How did you handle the situation?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I recal correctly I did not do these kind of mistakes. If I will face these kind of situations I will consoult my supervisiors.
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.
As far as I can work on same fabric I would try my best.
5.
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.
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 Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
Live fitting to see what is wrong.
3.
Try to convince him that the dress is now fit by making small alteration and having him try in front of me.
4.
I would measure it again, and alter it again, but I would give the custemer discount.
5.
I would like to redo it again.
Question 5 of 32
Why do you want to work for our company?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
For the good reputation that your company has I want to share my talent.
3.
I need to get associated with the company.
4.
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.
5.
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.
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 Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
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.
4.
I make sure I do any alterations the best and most efficient way I can. I always am willing to learn new techniques.
5.
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.
Question 21 of 32
How long do you see yourself being a tailor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
To have my own business in sewing dresses for the ladies.
2.
Gather expericence enough to oversee my family business.
3.
To be an expert in my field.
4.
Career goals are to work for top fashion companies where my technical skills and expertise will be creatively utilized.
5.
My career goals are become fashion designer. I want to make variety of designs for ladies.
Question 22 of 32
Give me an example of how you have an eye for detail.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
Yes, I do have an eye for detail. I want every garment to be perfect and make them client happy.
4.
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.
5.
I will always make the garment look just as it did before I altered it.
Question 23 of 32
How do you handle stressful situations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
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.
4.
I make sure I stay calm and answer any question the client may have to the best of my knowledge.
5.
I try to calm down and to finish my work properly.
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.