Finding the right employee for companies in the luxury business is as hard as it is in any other line of work if not harder. While there are a lot of employees with the right paperwork, to work in the luxury industry, an employee needs to be cut from a unique piece of cloth and have more than just paperwork.
It is the work of the employer to try and identify the qualities of the applicants and one of the ways you can do this is by the questions you ask during the interview.
What do you know about the company?
It sounds like a simple question, and it is for every applicant that did not go past the about page. An applicant that takes the job seriously enough and cares enough about the company will go beyond the about page and pay attention to the mission and vision of the company.
Good applicants will also understand different aspects of the company and might even go further to highlight some of the processes that impress them the most. It would be even better if they could point out a couple of areas where they think their skills would be most helpful.
How do you intend to develop your knowledge and professional skills?
Despite being an essential question, it is not one that employers ask enough during interviews. Any luxury business is as good as its employees. Any serious applicant knows that getting the job is not the end. They need to continue to build their skills to improve their delivery and performance.
A good employer wants to hire employees that believe in continuous development and applicants who are serious about this will likely have a plan on how they intend to pursue their career goals.
How would your current boss describe your work?
A lot of employers focus more on recommendation letters. The tangibles are what make the difference. It is important that you know how your future employee will perceive your support and opinion. The best way to find that out is by asking them what their current boss thinks about their work. It is also a great opportunity to identify how the employee takes criticism.
If you get hired, what are the first three things you will do on the job?
What are the priorities of the applicant? How well do they understand their position? What are they willing to do differently to improve the performance of the company or business? These are some of the questions that you will be able to address based on the answer of the interviewee. This is a question with limitless options and gives you a firsthand account of the preparedness of the interviewee and their approach to new things.
There are plenty of questions that you can ask during an interview. But, because many of them have been used so many times, interviewees are usually prepared with the appropriate answers beforehand. With these questions, you will know the interest of the potential employee in your brand and also learn how they intend to execute their duties once they have been hired.
Edouard Thoumyre is a seasoned executive recruiter with over 17 years of experience in executive search, as the Founder and Managing Partner of ACCUR Recruiting Services. Specializing in the Consumer and Luxury Goods industries, he has a proven track record of placing senior level and C-level executives in family, private equity-backed, and Fortune 500 companies in the beauty, wine & spirits, watch & jewelry, home goods, and tobacco industries, among others. Edouard Thoumyre holds a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris (#1 European Business School, Financial Times rankings) and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Centrale Lille (a top 10 French engineering school). ACCUR Recruiting Services has been recognized as a Forbes Top 100 executive search firm since 2018.
Edouard Thoumyre and his firm, ACCUR Recruiting Services, have been featured in numerous publications such as WWD, Business Insider, Newsweek, CPG Specialist, Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq.com, Marketplace by NPR, Business of Fashion…