Starting your first or a new job is a wonderful experience. The true essence of growing up is being independent and working is a big contributor to that. However, the whole process of getting your first job or changing jobs can be a tiresome process.
A lot of planning and thinking goes into it. You need to make a resume, a portfolio, go through a couple of qualification steps such as assignments and interviews.
It can be a little confusing especially if you are applying for the first time. Everything is new to you. Going for interviews can be an exciting and a nerve-racking moment. You might get nervous as that is your first experience ever. Be it any industry, it is good to be prepared before you go.
If you are someone who wants to work in the fashion industry as a fashion designer, then this blog will benefit you by giving you interview tips and questions asked by the interviewer and questions you can ask to the company.
What is Fashion Design?
The art dedicated to the creation of clothing, footwear and accessories like shoes, handbags and jewellery is what fashion design is. All the various elements of clothing such as color, fabric, style, patterns and trends are encompassed in it.
Every print or design you see on a dress, top, shoe or a bag has been made carefully and thoughtfully according to the demand and the ongoing trend.
Being one of the most prominent industries in the world, it has grown over the years, especially since the advent of technology. It has transformed into a sophisticated, global industry worth of $2.5 trillion in 2019.
It is estimated to be worth $59.3 billion in 2022 in the Indian market. Due to this the career scope in fashion design is pretty high.
Scope in Fashion Designing in India
There is a huge scope with various job opportunities available in the fashion industry. Even though it is a high competitive field, people who do pursue a career in it have a gratifying and a successful one.
As there is a need for clothing and apparel in India, the demand for professionals in the fashion industry is high. The need for fashion designers who can work with the latest technology have increased since the market has expanded.
There are several jobs in the field, including but not limited to:
Fashion Concept Manager
1. Research about the brand, retailer or supplier
Before going for the interview, the most important thing to know is the place you are applying at. It is highly recommended and important to have information about the company. If it is an offline store, then it would be good if you visit the store as well. Being aware about the company shows that you are serious about working and diligent.
You get to know a lot of things in just one glance. You can use that to make your portfolio and CV accordingly. For example, if you are applying for a job at a store that makes Indian attires, then your portfolio should highlight that kind of work.
2. Know your portfolio
Being aware about your portfolio from front to back shows dedication towards your work. Make sure that your portfolio is organised in such a way that it speaks for itself.
Your most recent work should be at front and should be set chronologically from most recent to last. You should be confident while presenting it and should know a little brief about everything you did.
Make sure you add trends, shapes, color palettes, CADs and specs in this order. You also need to know about all of this so that you can portray yourself as a confident and good worker who is aware about the industry. Have the most relevant work in the front as well.
3. Be confident about your work
Your portfolio is only one aspect of getting hired. The most important thing is you. Ultimately you will be working there and making a fresh portfolio. If anyone gives criticism about your work take it, but don’t let it bring you down. You are there to learn as well. You should be confident and should take pride in your work, even if there is a mistake. To err is to be human.
4. Speak out
The interviewer might miss something. Be it your work, a detail about the job, a particular part of the portfolio or your resume. It is okay if they miss it because it is your job to make sure that they know it. If you are specifically proud of something which they miss, speak out. Don’t be afraid about sounding rude. You are there to present the best of you and if it doesn’t get noticed you should talk about it.
5. To lead or follow
A lot of interviews go in a specific way. Sometimes it can also be informal. When you are confident about yourself and your work, you might automatically see yourself leading it. It all matters on the company and on the interviewer. If you think that it will be better if you follow, then do that but if you get any chance to lead it, you should do that so that the interviewer can know why you should be hired in a better way.
6. Ask questions
Asking questions is important when it comes to interviews and generally too. The more you ask the more you know. It is not just the interviewer who should be asking questions, the interviewee should as well. Don’t think of interviews as a one way communication, rather think of it as two people talking about the company. You will be working at that place, you should know as much as you can before a decision is made.
7. Added extras
As fashion design is a creative and competitive field, companies are always looking for people who can bring fresh new ideas to the table. They want someone who can add something new to the company or fill a gap as long as it relates to your core skills.
Questions Asked in an Interview
Why do you want to become a fashion designer?
Tell them why you want to become a fashion designer, what you find interesting in the field and/or the industry and why you are passionate about it.
Why do you want to join this company?
Tell the reasons why you want to join the company, what you like the best and why you chose them over others. For example, if it is a retailer you can talk about the affordability of their products.
Do you have any experience?
Talk about your previous jobs, freelancing, internships and/or projects that you have done in general and those that relate to your core skill.
What new ideas can you bring to our company?
Make a list of a few ideas beforehand that you think are missing from the company or would like to change. For example, if there is an online retailer, you can suggest them to add a blog related to fashion on their websites that includes tips and more.
What’s exciting to you about the fashion industry?
Fashion industry is huge. There are many aspects of it which you might like. Be it the trends or the experiments that the designers do every now and then.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Make sure that you know yourself, if not completely but about your strengths and weaknesses. Be truthful about them and make sure they understand you clearly.
What do you like outside of fashion?
Talk about other things that you are passionate about, your interests, your hobbies or little things that you like to do everyday which defines who you are.
Knowing yourself is important in order to understand others. Describe yourself so that they can know what kind of a person you are. It can also help them understand if you would be suitable for the job or not.
Questions You Should Ask
What are the timings, working days and holidays?
It is important to know about the timings, the days on and off, medical leave and lunch break. You should ask this before any decision is made so that you can have all the vital information required before getting a job.
What is the dress code?
Dressing appropriately is important. Some places have strict dress codes and it is important to adhere to them. Asking about the dress code is a necessary question as some places might have a formal one while some might have an informal one.
How does a typical day go?
Knowing about the day to day activities can help you determine whether or not the place will be suitable for you. You should get an idea beforehand rather than having to face unpleasantries later on.
Who are your co-workers?
People you work with can be a big part of your life. Not everyone you meet will like you and you might not like them. Knowing about your co-workers can be a huge contributing factor before getting a job. They can also help you gain contacts which will help you grow in the industry.
What are some online portfolio websites?
There are many online portfolio websites such as WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, GoDaddy and Behance.
Do you need to do a Fashion Design course for pursuing a career in the industry?
A course in fashion design provides you with technical and general skills about fashion design and improves those that you already have. It can help you in having a deep understanding of the industry and establish a foothold in it.
What are a few basic things to remember while giving an interview?
A few things that you need to keep in mind is to dress appropriately, be punctual, be respectful, ask insightful questions, be attentive to your body language and general language.
Being a highly competitive field, the interviews are difficult. You might be competing for one job position with many others. Even so, you should not lose your confidence. You should know your and your work’s worth.
These interview tips can help you with increasing your morale. One important thing to keep in mind is to never lie. Never add a fake job or work experience in your resume, never copy or plagiarise work. Your ability and capability will speak for itself.
Make sure that you read about the company on their websites and if you have any ideas, let them know.