Approaches to Interviews for Apparel Merchandising
All of us have our way to resort interviews and it varies from case to case or person to person but I am trying here to present a sequential number overview which I believe to be making you confident before going for an interview particularly for apparel merchandising job.
Before going for an interview thinking when you’re on the session:
- Don’t be panicky on getting the job while you’re on interviews.
- Be positive in thinking and try to feel for the entire session very gently to grow your confidence.
- But be aware that you’re presenting yourself, so your any abnormal manner can abuse your personality to market.
- Be formal in a manner and approach, not only in dress-up.
- Try to think that whichever you know this is right and you have to set this.
- Try to use simply “no” at your answer, don’t try to answer any point on which you’re not clear sufficient.
- Be honest and try to expose the real facts otherwise, you will fall on the complex situation with your false answer.
Covering the questions at interviews:
- Please describe or introduce yourself in brief.
Ans: Highlight your present work/responsibility, educational & personal background (family/home district) in a couple of sentences.
- Why did you choose to merchandise as your profession?
Ans: You should say the logical reason behind it.
- How do you manage your assigned work/responsibility?
Ans: Should answer on a summarized point, avoid lengthy explanation.
- How do you keep your record for daily follow-up/tracking?
- What is the sampling process?
Ans: As an example: development sample, fit sample, PP sample, production/gold seal sample.
- What are the most used commercial and shipping terms?
Ans: i.e; FOB, C&F, CIF, L/C at sight, deferred, PI, CI, BL, HAWB, etc
- What is the lead-time of your product?
Ans: You have to answer it based on your product. This is changeable like 60 days for knit basic tee/vest, 95 to 100 days for denim/woven bottom, etc.
- What do you mean by the T and A plan or critical path & do you think this is necessary for your order follow-up?
Ans: You have to answer this based on your own experience/approach to working. But as per my understanding- this is very necessary tools as it is the total framework for your daily follow-up process which includes your planning and working towards hitting the plan for keeping your order on track.
- How do you define a successful PP meeting?
Ans: To cover up all the necessary discussion on comments, sampling, production plan, forecasting possible issues. And to make sure that all relevant production, QA team has a clear understanding of everything.
- What do you mean by trim sheet/BOM? Or how do you take your order specification/clarification?
Ans: Based on development records, you should make queries on all the points (fabrication, accessories, styling/fitting, color, approval reference, packing/folding reference) & take confirmation/understanding from your respective buyer.
- What are the necessary points for costing?
Ans: Fabrication/relevant yarn count, consumption, knitting price, dyeing price, accessories cost, print/embroidery/wash/any other embellishment cost, size ratio, quantity, fabric & trims source, commercial, testing or any other charge, CM (cost of making), lead-time of product.
- An interviewer can show you some product to ask on price, lead-time, fabrication, print/embroidery/wash/any other embellishment?
- The interviewer will ask you on fabric lead-time, accessories lead-time, transit time for some imported fabric, yarn, accessories.
- What is the folding or packaging process?
Ans: Flatpack, shirt fold, roll pack, hanging method, etc.
- Write a mail to manage a one-week extension from the buyer?
- How do you manage your customer for any approval (based on any particular case like fit rejection, PP rejection or any other submission rejection)?
- How do you plan yourself for the best adoption of a new customer/account?
- What types of testing parameters your existing customer follows for base and bulk?
- How do you take commercial acceptance on testing?
- How do you get confirmed of the care symbol/instruction for your product?
- You need to be aware of the testing parameter for what types of products?
Ans: It’s also variable based on your product range. But for an idea like shrinkage/recovery for rib fabric(especially on lower gsm), pilling for CVC, wash fastness for pigment coverage AOP, wash fastness for lurex content fabric, etc
- What is the required percentage of fabric wastage which needs to be considered while booking?
- What is the usual width of woven fabric?
- Can you please tell about some renowned supplier for woven/denim fabric?
- Do you know the change of weight after wash (both for woven/denim & knit fabrics)?
- What will be the per day output of a product?
- What are the types of the zipper? Or how do you measure button size? Or anything on goods?
- Types of wash, print, needlework (varies from case to case)?
- What is the type of carton- you’re using for your consignment?
- What is the type of vessels?
- Can you please share some DC/Port name for the UK/any other importer country?
- How do you manage yourself in a critical situation like air shipment at your company’s cost or any other alarming issue?
- How do you avoid issues in your working area?
Ans: I think to flag out the thing at the very beginning & to put the thing on the table not keeping on the pocket at your own risk.
IQ views/general questions:
- What is the total export measure from BD garments the previous year?
- What do you mean by brand?
Ans: It’s like an identity to expose through a motto. This answer can be variable and to be as your thinking.
- Do you think you as perfect/confident and what is your strength behind to make you ideal than others?
- What’s your thinking about BD garments trade?
- What do you want you to see you after 5 years?
- Do you think you as a positive thinking person? and why?
This is simply an overview of the interview- from my point of view. You may go through the same to match your concept. I believe that everyone has their thinking to present themselves or make them ready for any challenge. I will be grateful if someone can get help from this writing, thanks in advance and wishing for all of your beautiful future.