Twenty things to do before your fashion retail interview.

While it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous, excited and a bit stressed when going for an interview in the fast paced fashion industry, proper planning and preparation can go a long way to eliminate a lot of stress and calm your nerves. We compiled a list of things you can do to help you show yourself at your very best and eliminate some of the anxiety.  



  1. Visit one of their stores.
  2. Look at their websites
  3. Study their competition.
  4. Know who the senior management team is (CEO, HRD, etc.)
  5. Check the history, ownership and recent mergers.
  6. Check out the social media or professional profiles of the company and/or your interviewer.
  7. Look at their financial data and share price.
  8. Look up previous news stories.
  9. Find out about the company culture.
  10. Make sure you know the dress code.


Personal preparation.

  1. Check your journey.
  2. Get to the interview 30 minutes early, but don’t announce yourself until 10 minutes before your appointment time.
  3. Be pleasant to the receptionist, the security guard and anyone you meet on or near the company’s premises.
  4. Don’t smoke just before you go in.
  5. Get rid of your chewing gum before you go near the company’s premises.
  6. Switch your mobile phone OFF before arrival. If you forget and it rings, don’t answer it.
  7. Mention the company’s recent success and achievements.
  8. Don’t comment on any bad publicity.
  9. If appropriate, wear something that the company sells.
  10. Make sure your social media profiles are appropriate.

By Lionel Krieger for Traut Personnel