Tips to Job Interview Preparation for Garment Industry Professionals

Having good technical knowledge has its own advantages. But at the same time, you need to prepare for other things. Like preparation for a personal interview, knowing what to wear, showing confidence at the time of the interview etc.

I have written a few tips for interview preparation. Read the following tips and do a complete preparation for the next interview.

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1. Speak Confidently 

Confidence during a job interview is crucial for effectively presenting yourself to potential employers. Genuine confidence stems from possessing sufficient knowledge and skills relevant to the position you are applying for. It's important not to pretend to be an expert if you're not, as dishonesty can be easily detected during the interview process. Instead, focus on showcasing your genuine strengths and qualifications, and be honest about areas where you may need further development or experience. This honesty will not only build trust but also demonstrate your willingness to learn and grow in the role.

2. Wear Formal Dress

No employer will ask you what to wear and what to not. It is up to you. But best option is wearing formal clothes at the time of interview. Only wear clothes that you feel comfortable. Right and comfortable clothes will increase your confidence.

3. Submit and Printed Copy Carry an updated Resume

Keep your resume up to date with your current mail id, contact number and address. Add your achievements in the resume. Write about your past work experiences and job profiles. Rewrite your job profile in the current resume based on the requirement of the employer. Don't add false name of companies where did not worked. Now-a-days, big companies check candidate profile through 3rd party verification.

If your resume is too big with list of experiences, add executive summary in the first page of your resume.

4. Don't apply for all job openings 

When someone is in need to change a job, usually s/he applies for all kind of jobs. Don’t do that. It is waste of time of yours as well as employers. There are very few companies that might hire a wrong person. Only apply to the jobs that match with your profile and your passion.

In case you want to change your job profile completely, then it is okay. Apply for that. And prepare yourself accordingly. 

5. Salary Expectation: 

At the time of the salary discussion, you will be asked about your current salary (CTC - Cost to the Company) and your expectations from them. Make up your mind about how much you expect from the new job. Don't just say what you expect but also sometimes you need to say that salary is negotiable.

6. Social/Professional Network Profile: 

Keep your LinkedIn profile updated with work experiences and achievements. Many HR professionals check their candidate's profiles on LinkedIn.

7. Know about company background: 

Don't just rush for an interview after getting a call. Do brief research about the company. Know about the company profile, how big it is, job security, job location etc. Learn about employer's expectation from you. If you know anybody who earlier worked in that company or if someone is working currently, take feedback from them.

8. Prepare answers for Personal Interview Questions: 

In every personal interview (PI) the more or less same set of questions are asked. Like,

- Why are you leaving the current company?
- What difference can you make at this company?
- Tell us your core strength and weaknesses? Etc.

Search on the net for more PI questions. Prepare the right answer that matches with you for these questions. Even you can write answers for all PI questions. It will help you in preparation for further interviews.

What is next?

Now consider preparing yourself for the technical interview. Do you have any idea what questions you going to be asked in technical interviews?

For Industrial engineers, I wrote a guidebook for technical questions. 

You can consider buying the OCS publication ''Industrial Engineering Guide to Job Interview Preparation". In this book, you will get answers to frequently asked questions on Industrial Engineering topics. Or find a list of industrial engineering questions here.

Merchandisers, please find the list of published posts here.
Quality Control candidates can find the list of questions and articles here.

All the best wishes for your next interviews!

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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