50 Short Questions for Merchandisers (for Job Interview Preparation)

Questions for merchandisers

In the last few days, I have received emails from some of the OCS readers, who asked me for questions for merchandising interview preparation. This post is just to guide them on what kind of questions probably they would be asked by interviewers. And to provide them an overview of what all things they need to know as a merchandiser.

Most of the listed questions are related to merchandising job profiles and are set based on my personal work experience. Some of the questions are taken from question paper sets by fashion institutes.

Following questions are not only for job seekers but for being an experienced merchandiser, you can also test your knowledge by answering following questions. I will publish answers to these questions in next week. So keep visiting or subscribe to our post to get a notification for the answer set.

50 Short Questions for Merchandisers

1.       The size ratio of an order of 900 pieces is XS:S:M:L:XL::1:2:3:2:1. According to this ratio, average fabric consumption for the style was 1.2 meters (woven fabrics). Every size increase increases consumption by 10 cm. Due to some reasons, the buyer dropped the Size XS and keeps the order quantity the same. The new size ratio is S:M:L:XL::2:3:3:1. What will be the new average fabric consumption?

a.       1.25 meters
b.      1.20 meters
c.       1.23 meters
d.      1.30 meters

2.       Suppose an order of 6000 pieces has four different size ratios as follows. Arrange them in descending order average consumption?

a.       S:M:L:XL:: 1:2:2:1
b.      XS:S:M:L:: 1:1:2:2
c.       XS:S:M:L:: 1:2:2:1
d.      S:M:L:XL:: 2:2:1:1

3.       A shipment is passed with 2.5 AQL by a buyer QA. Suppose after receiving the shipment buyer do re-inspection of the same shipment at their warehouse. What will be the %defective in this inspection?

a.       Less than 2.5%
b.      More than 2.5%
c.       Exactly 2.5%
d.      Could be more or less than 2.5%

4.       Suppose the average ratio of FOB factors areFabric:Print&Emb:CMT:Overhead:Margin ::12:1:3:1:3. FOB of order is Rs. 400.00. Suddenly, fabric price is hiked by 5% and all other costs remain same. Once FOB is fixed you cannot change it. In this situation what will be the reduction in margin for this order?

a.       10%
b.      20%
c.       30%
d.      50%

5.       Match the following left column to the right column

a)      Cutting
i)                    Size grading
b)      Sampling
ii)                   TOP sample
c)       Finishing
iii)                 Pre-production meeting
d)      Sewing
iv)                 Bundling
e)      Merchandising
v)                  Spotting

6.       The finishing manager can’t able to decide whether he will pack the altered pieces or not and he had shorted the garment according to the problems. He asks for decision on following issues from the merchant before handing over the shipment for inspection. Which garment you will permit to add to shipment?

a.       Garments  with shade variation at sleeve and body
b.      Garments with visible mending work
c.       Garments with extra length
d.      None of the above

7.       Color fastness to washing is rated on a scale of   -----  to -------

a.       0 to 10
b.      1 to 10
c.       -5 to 5
d.      1 to 5

8. The lower the ‘color fastness to wash’ rating, the better the fabric quality.

a.       True
b.      False

9.       What is the full form of AQL,

a.       Acceptable Qualification Level
b.      Acceptable Quality level
c.       Acceptable Quantity level

10.   What does CPM stand for? _________________

a.       Critical Path Method
b.      Crucial Path Method
c.       Common Proposed Method

11.   Which one of the following paths determines the overall duration of a project in CPM:
a.       Longest Path
b.      Shortest Path
c.       Both together

12.   If we have two follow-ups at hand, which of the path’s tasks should be completed on priority:
a.       Task on the Shortest Path
b.      Task on the Longest Path
c.       Task which is having major problem

13.   Sewing thread of 50 TKT is thicker than 120 TKT.
a.       True
b.      False

14.   Fabric (knits) consumption increases when the GSM of the fabric increases.
a.       True
b.      False

15.   If the fabric (woven) width increases from the planned width (while ordering), we could _________ actual fabric consumption

a.       Increase
b.      Decrease
c.       Not be affected

16.   Color fastness to washing test is being done during ______________
a.       GPT
b.      FPT
c.       In both stages
d.      None of the above stages

17.   An Industrial Engineering Department cannot help in garment CM costing more accurately.
a.       True
b.      False

18.   A better time and action calendar (TNA) can result in a better control of processes
a.       True
b.      False

19.   What is the full form of SMV?
a.       Sewing Minute Value
b.      Standard Minute Value
c.       Sewing Minute Verified

20.   If you book orders more than the factory capacity, then the manufacturing costs are likely to:
a.       Increase
b.      Decrease
c.       Remain unaffected
21.   Fabric shrinkage testing gives equivalent results as that of garment shrinkage testing.
a.       True
b.      False

22.   In which sample, does the Buyer confirms the workmanship details:
a.       Proto Sample
b.      Fit Sample
c.       PP Sample
d.      TOP Sample

23.   The grainline on the garment pattern denotes weft of the fabric
a.       True
b.      False

24.    The average consumption of fabric in washed garment should be _____________   as compared to non-washed same garment?
a.       Higher
b.      Lower

25.   4 point system of inspection is used to inspect woven garments?
a.       True
b.      False

26.   A bar graph that organizes data in descending order is called     _____________   Chart.
a.       Bar Chart
b.      Pareto Chart
c.       Trend Chart
d.      Histogram

27.   The following wash care instruction, denotes _________

a.       Do not Machine Wash
b.      Do not Dry-clean
c.       Do not Bleach

28.   The following wash care instruction denotes _________

a.       Machine Wash
b.      Tumble Dry
c.       Bleach

29.   If the Estimated Average at the time of fabric order is greater than the actual production average, which of the following would be true.

a.       Extra fabric than required, would be ordered
b.      Relatively higher price would be quoted to the Buyer
c.       Both of the above are true

30.    If a fabric lot is having 20 penalty points in 100 square yds, the fabric would be ___________
a.       Accepted
b.      Rejected

31.   What is Fabric Dead Stock?
a.       Fabric waste in cutting department
b.      Stock of fabric  remaining after style completion
c.       Stock of defective and hold fabric in fabric department

32.   ‘Lbs’ is unit of measurement for ________________
a.       Length
b.      Weight
c.       Volume

33.   What do you understand by D.H.U?
a.       Defective per Hundred Unit
b.      Defects Per Hundred Unit
c.       Defective per hundred users

34.   How can we control the performance of our vendors?
a.       Maintain data for quality and timeliness for vendors
b.      Debiting vendors for defective units
c.       Telling them to improve
d.      By negotiating for the best price
e.      Maintain data for quality, timeliness, and price for vendors, improving vendor performance, through data analysis

35.   Buyers prefer extra shipping quantity as per original size ratio
a.       True
b.      False

36.   Blister packing can be made with
a.       Mix of color
b.      Mix of sizes
c.       Mix of colors and sizes
d.      All of the above options

37.   Productivity of a factory can be expressed in terms of :
a.       Pieces/machine per day
b.      Pieces/hour per person
c.       Pieces/man-hour
d.      All of the above

38.   When a light print is needed on a dark base color with smother hand feel. Which printing option is mostly used?
a.       Khadi print
b.      Discharge print
c.       Pigment print

39.   In Burnt-out printing, which of the following fiber is burnt in the printing process?
a.       Polyester
b.      Cotton

40.   1 gross button is equal to ----------------------- buttons
a.       140
b.      40
c.       144

41.   Generally, the shipping department calculates the volumetric weight of the packed goods (cartons) for shipping agents. What is the formula for calculating volumetric weight?
a.       Total volume of cartons / Total weight
b.      Total volume of cartons / 6000
c.       Total volume of cartons / 1000

42.   If the fabric is having high width variation in the same shade lots, the production average is likely to:
a.       Increase
b.      Decrease
c.       Remain same

43.   The unit of measure for the ‘size’ of button is:
a.       Cm
b.      Inch
c.       Ligne

44.   The Efficiency of a sewing line is calculated as follows:
a.       Actual output/ Target output
b.      Target output/ Actual Output

45.   The problem of pilling is normally in knit garments-
a.       True
b.      False

 46.   Give the full form of the following terms:

a)      FPT______________ 
b)      GPT_______________ 
c)       CIF _______________
d)      LC______________________
e)      SKU______________ 
f)       DTM stands for __________________ 
g)      CPL stands for _________________ 

47.   To Sew a Knits Tee which among the following machine is not required 

a)     Flatlock Machine
b)      Overlock Machine  
c)       Feed off the arm 
d)      Single needle lock stitch

48.   Which is not a summer color

a)      Pink
b)      White
c)       Lemon
d)      Black

49.   Mark the odd one out :
a)      Satin
b)      Silk
c)       Cotton
d)      Nylon
50.   The preferred color for baby girl is :
a)      Pink
b)      Black
c)       Blue
d)      Orange

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Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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