Small office, less than 10 people in the NY satellite design office
Poor Overall leadership and support from Headquarters in Korea
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Hansae Fashion Worldwide (New York, NY) in August 2013.
All candidates were asked to do a very lengthy market research project and presentation before the interview for cut and sew knit tops based on American trends throughout various stores from the moderate, contemporary to branded and luxury markets and what they felt was missing in the Target stores. We were given themes from Target to design into for new bodies for Fall of 2013 with the promise of a (dangling carrot) job. The office manager and VP from Korea were verbally abusive during the interview process and strange. I suspect that the market research was completed by several candidates in the hopes of landing a design job that never really existed. Target if you are out there listening please note that Hansae Co. Ltd has asked many American candidates to do free market research in the hopes of landing a job and that they required all projects to be given freely on a usb tab during the interview or hard copy. I find this tactic to be underhanded and unethical. When asked why they needed to hire a designer in their New York office when they had an entire design staff in Korea and if the project was going to be used for production. The people I met with balked at my question and were flustered trying to hide the real reason for the fake job. They only needed free American market research and an insiders look at how to deal with a Target as a new account. It was a very fishy interview and I left feeling very disappointed and used. During the subsequent interview after a in-depth presentation I spent several weekends on I was yelled at for inconsequential reasons such as to why I failed to give them a salary request via email when the question was never broached. And also felt like they were trying to incite me to fight with them for silly reasons. What was supposed to be a Designer job for women's cut and sew knits later turned into a designer as well for kids and mens when clearly that was never clarified in the ad. Again verbally abuse ensued here.
Steer clear of them all designers out there.
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