Interview Questions for QC Manager for a Garment Unit

What questions to ask a candidate (e.g. QC Manager) depends on the job responsibilities to be given to the candidate once he/she is hired. Secondly, interviewer normally asks questions on the areas on which he/she has better knowledge and understanding. So single set of interview questions does not fit for all candidates as well as for all interviewer.

Here I have taken a case and listed a set of 20 questions. These interview questions are prepared for one person who is going to interview a candidate applied for the position of Quality Control (QC) Manager in a readymade garment factory. According to his requirement quality manager will be responsible for following areas.
  • Entire quality matters of cutting, sewing and finishing processes 
  • To handle all kind of quality issues in the factory 
  • To ensure all garments are getting checked every day (Through his/her quality checkers)
  • Garments defects should be reduced and make action plan analyzing the problem and solve the quality issues.
  • To ensure on-time shipment as per buyers quality requirement. 
QC Manager interview questions

I have tried to cover all these points here by listing related questions. But in general, you can assess the competency of the QC manager by asking few technical questions and more on managerial skills. Who is applying for quality manager post and have 10 plus years of work experience in the same field, you can assume he/she knows basic things on apparel quality control. Still, to select the best one from the lot, you can include following questions in your interview.

List of interview questions:

  1. What kind of products have you handled in past?
  2. How do you manage quality in the cutting room, sewing floor and finishing section?
  3. How many quality checkers is needed in a 500 machines factory in stitching floor and finishing section?
  4. As per your past experience, what are the primary reasons for quality issues in cutting, stitching and finishing department?
  5. What kind of inspection system you would prefer to set up on the sewing floor?
  6. I have heard other factories follow the traffic light system. What is that? Can we implement that tool?
  7. What are the primary KPIs for quality control department?
  8. Can you explain the use of AQL Chart?
  9. What would be your strategy to improve the quality level in production departments cutting to finishing?
  10. Do you know about problem solving tools and their use? Can you implement those tools in our factory to eliminate quality issue from the root?
  11. What kinds of defects are found in knits, woven garments?
  12. What kind of defects found in woven fabric and knits fabrics?
  13. Do you know the application of 4 point system for fabric inspection? Can you explain to me what does 4 point means? Show me an example.
  14. Do you have experience working woven and knits or both?
  15. Different between audit and inspection? Can you conduct internal shipment audit?
  16. Do you have any idea about the cost of quality?
  17. Can you implement the quality system in our factory? How much time it would take to implement the quality system in our factory?
  18. What are the areas buyer look at in terms of product quality when they audit the shipment?
  19. What is statistical quality control (SQC)?  Can you implement SQC in sewing floor?
  20. What is '7 tools of quality control'? 
You can ask these questions to your candidate who applied for the position of quality control manager. Remember this is not the complete list of questions. There are many topics (questions) you can ask to test the knowledge and skills of a candidate in this field. To explore more about quality control in the garment industry read OCS articles in this area.

In case you are a candidate, you can follow these questions while you prepare for a job interview for QC manager or a similar position.

You might be also expecting me to write an answer to all these questions. For technical questions read these articles and increase your understanding of the topic. For subjective questions, you have to take a call whether you have satisfied with the answer or not.

Conclusion:

If you are an employer and looking for a candidate, don't assess the candidate by counting how many question he/she has answered correctly. If you see the candidate has learning attitude and has the managerial skill, you can consider him/her. 

To a candidate - don't spend much time in preparing for technical questions. There is no limit of questions to be asked by an interviewer. Understand employer's requirement and practice on how you can sale yourself by showing what you can do for them. If they don't hire you what opportunities they will miss. Show your confident that you can handle the quality team and take care of the quality related issue in the predefined areas. 

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