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Recruiter Interview – Christina Gianino Kadirov

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Q. Tell us a little about yourself.christina-kadirov
I’m originally from Saint Louis, MO and I moved to NYC after graduation to pursue a career in the fashion industry. I currently work as a Senior Account Manager/Recruiter at Fourth Floor, where I’ve worked for almost 4 years. Some may call me a workaholic, but I’m honestly just passionate about what I do. I can’t get enough of it!

Q: How did you get into recruiting?
Like many recruiters, I pretty much fell into it. When I moved to NYC, I wasn’t sure what path I wanted to take. During my undergrad, I completed multiple internships in various areas of the industry such as Wholesale and Production which allowed me to see completely different aspects of the industry but I still wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go in. Upon relocating to NYC, I scheduled a meeting with Fourth Floor for placement assistance at a brand, but they ended up hiring me on the spot to work internally!

Q: Tell us about Fourth Floor
We’re a boutique staffing firm that specializes in direct-hire, fulltime, temporary, and freelance placements for corporate and retail roles.

Q: Why would a fashion industry job seeker want to work at Fourth Floor?
We’re a close-knit, collaborative team and we’re passionate about what we do. While it may be a competitive industry, we work as a cohesive unit and strive to see everyone succeed as a whole. As an agency recruiter, you receive candidates with a wide array of skills that can be transferrable to Sales, Marketing, Social Media and Human Resources. As long as you come with the passion, drive, work-ethic and positive attitude it takes to be successful, the possibilities are endless for growth at Fourth Floor.


Q: Tell us about the hiring process at Fourth Floor
To be considered for an in-house Account Manager/Recruiter position at Fourth Floor, a candidate would interview with multiple members of the team, management and, potentially our President.

Q: What types of fashion industry positions do you recruit for?
We staff a variety of positions in Design, Merchandising, Planning, Logistics, Wholesale, Accounting, Marketing/PR, Ecommerce, and Project Management, just to name a few.

Q: What sources do you use the most to find fashion industry talent?
Running Linkedin searches is my favorite hobby! In addition to personal referrals, we also receive many applicant resumes from job boards such as StyleCareers, Monster, etc.

Q: What are some common misconceptions job seekers have about your job?
That we’re located on the 4th floor.


Q: What should job seekers know about your job as a recruiter?
The job is addicting and truly rewarding. Not only does it feel amazing when a candidate receives an offer, but knowing that we are changing the candidate’s life by helping them land a new position is a great feeling.

Also, every day is different! While I love checking tasks off my to-do list, it is important to be flexible and aware of your priorities. I know that I have to be ready for anything. My whole day could be changed in a moment if a more urgent job opening arises that needs my immediate attention.

Q: What’s the craziest thing a job seeker has ever said to you?
It’s probably way too inappropriate to mention on here.

Q: What’s the most inappropriate thing you’ve seen on a resume?
This is a tough one. Let’s just say, I recommend not putting photographs on your resume.

Q: What advice do you have for younger job seekers?
Be open to freelance and temporary positions after you graduate. Of course fulltime and direct-hire positions are most likely your ultimate goal upon graduation, but freelancing is a great way to get your foot in the door with leading brands. Not only do you receive valuable resume-building experience, but it is a great opportunity to network with individuals in the industry. Plus, depending on the specific opportunity, you never know what it could turn into if it is a great fit.


Q: What advice do you have for older job seekers?
Stay in touch with the current trends in the industry. This includes making yourself a vital asset by taking classes on new and up and upcoming software and systems that are commonly utilized within your field, staying up-to-date on digital and social media trends, or just reading up on the direction that the industry is headed.

Q: What are some common mistakes fashion industry job seekers make during the job search process? 
We’ve definitely seen it all, but these are a few that immediately come to mind:

  1. Listing careless spelling and grammar mistakes on resumes and correspondence.
  2. Dressing inappropriately on interviews. We always recommend to try to dress with the company’s aesthetic in mind, but in a business-appropriate manner. To be safe, we always recommend wearing black or neutral, professional, and modest attire. I also recommend wearing LOW heels or flat shoes, and shoulder-covering top, and minimal jewelry and makeup if you choose to wear any.
  3. Not doing thorough research on a brand. Be sure to review the brand’s current products, look up recent news articles about the company, and research their competitors.

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