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How to Nail Your Fashion Internship Interview

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By: Mariah Rogers
Oct 14, 2020 • 6 min read

How to Nail Your Fashion Internship Interview

When interviewing for a specific industry, it is crucial to prepare answers to the specific questions you may be asked. This is especially true for applicants interested in joining the fashion industry. When seeking a competitive internship, there are many parts necessary to nailing your interview. This goes beyond just answering interview questions. It is essential to explore all aspects of your personal brand, such as what you wear to the interview, what you bring, how you carry yourself, and even non-verbal expressions and cues. Lucky for you, we will be covering all of this below! Keep reading to find out.

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Look The Part

When applying for a fashion internship, it is easy to get caught up in how you look for the interview. Contrary to popular belief, it is not recommended to show up dressed head to toe in the specific brand or designer whose company you are applying for. You also shouldn’t arrive wearing competitors pieces! A good rule of thumb is to keep it basic, clean, and simple. Dress in a classic and chic outfit, and then add a personal touch with fun shoes or even a belt. Of course, the dress code will vary depending on if you apply for a position in the marketing, finance, accounting, or social media department. Choosing clothing for a fashion interview can seem stressful. However, it is important to remember that it is your skills and talents that matter most.

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Be Prepared to Answer Specific Questions

Since you are applying for a specific industry, you will likely receive some unique and unusual questioned during your interview. Here is a list of just a few that might come up!

  • Why are you interested in a career in fashion?

“I have always been a very creative individual. I found that clothing and design is a way to express myself, and I would like to further my passions as well as make affordable clothing available to everyone”. 

  • What do you love about fashion?

“Fashion provides me with a huge confidence boost and really improves my self-esteem. I always feel better when I love what I’m wearing! I would love to bring this feeling to women around the world”.

  • If you were to pursue something other than fashion, what would it be?

“If I were unable to pursue fashion for any given reason, I would go back to the basics of what I love about fashion. The things I love most are creativity, freedom, expression, and design! So, I would most likely pursue a career in art or architecture”. 

  • Who is your favorite designer?

“I don’t have a specific designer in particular. Instead, I enjoy browsing clearance stores, thrift stores, discount shops, and shopping vintage to make sure I always keep my horizons open”. 

  • What are your favorite things about the fashion industry?

” I really enjoy how the fashion industry is such a community. I hope to add to this incredible culture and focus on providing amazing quality and style clothing to all of our customers”. 

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What To Bring

Again, this section will vary depending on the company’s specific department that you are applying for. However, it is standard to bring a notebook and pen to prepare for notes and any extra supplemental items to aid your application. This way, if you are asked to submit more supplemental information, you will already have it at your fingertips. This could be a drawing, sketches, extra referrals, or fabric swatches.

Questions to Ask

At the end of your interview, you will likely be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. It is important to always ask more questions to show your continued interest in the position. Below are some fashion-specific questions you can ask at the end of your interview.

  • “What is your favorite part about working in the fashion industry”?
  • “What other experience besides fashion are you looking for in the perfect candidate”?
  • “Could you describe the energy in the office around fashion week”?
  • “How likely is it that interns begin their career here after graduating”?
  • “What are the core values of the company culture”?
  • “If past interns could review this internship program, what do you think they would say”?

We hope this helped! Good luck with your journey into the world of fashion. Get ready to nail your fashion internship interview!

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