Approaches to Interviews for Apparel Merchandising

Approaches to Interviews for Apparel Merchandising

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.

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