How to Interview for a Textile Job

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A job in the textile industry can cover a wide range of career fields that may include engineering, technology, apparel, fashion, sales and senior executives. Regardless of your specialty, you can expect to answer a few typical interview questions as well as specific questions that can help your potential employer determine if you're a good fit for the company.

  • Prepare for a textile job interview by researching the company and the job role you want. Visit the company's Web site to learn more about the organization, review trade magazines and journals, research the business at your local library and log on to TextilesOnly.com to get tips from a professional in the textiles industry as well as current fashion news before your interview.

  • Think of specific examples to illustrate your qualifications for the job. While your resume may already indicate that you possess the skills, education and work experience the company is seeking, a job interview is an opportunity for you to show your future employer your award-winning designs, go more in depth about your knowledge of the dyeing process or impress the interviewer with your special talent as it applies to the particular position you want.

  • Get a book that offers interview tips for jobs in the textile industry. The book "Pocket Textile Q & A" offers 1001 questions and answers on textile interview questions that include fibers, spinning, weaving, knitting, technical textiles, quality control and high-tech fiber to name a few.

  • Wear clothing that complies with the company's dress code. If you're unable to determine the dress code from your research on the company, call and inquire or visit the company during a normal workday and observe how the employees dress. Your style must match the position you want; a suit and tie may be in order if you're interviewing for a management position.

  • Arrive at the interview early enough to compose yourself and create a good first impression. Remain calm, maintain eye contact and smile.

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