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39 Purchasing Manager Questions and Answers by on September 18th, 2019

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How will you go about determining this company's purchasing patterns?

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Purchasing Manager Interview Questions

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    How will you go about determining this company's purchasing patterns?

  2. 2.

    What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?

  3. 3.

    How do you handle stressful situations?

  4. 4.

    Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

  5. 5.

    Have you completed your Bachelor's Degree in Supply Management or Operations Management? If not, are you interested in obtaining your degree?

  6. 6.

    How would your former employer describe you?

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    When will your current project be completed, or when will be the next logical time to be able to leave on good terms with your team?

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    What tools do you use to keep track of progress on your projects?

  9. 9.

    Are you a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager)?

  10. 10.

    What aspect of supervision do you find most difficult?

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    If you could change one aspect of the purchasing process, what would you change?

  12. 12.

    Do you work well on a team or prefer to work independently?

  13. 13.

    Give an example when you have had a dispute with a supplier? How did you handle it?

  14. 14.

    If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?

  15. 15.

    What techniques do you use in motivating employees?

  16. 16.

    What are your career goals?

  17. 17.

    What type of experience do you have in creating budgets?

  18. 18.

    How do you prioritize your work?

  19. 19.

    If we buy a customized product from a single source, how will you know if the price is fair?

  20. 20.

    Tell me what you know about us.

  21. 21.

    How do you ensure successful tracking of inventory?

  22. 22.

    What will bring purchasing to the C-Level dialog?

  23. 23.

    Why did you choose to apply at our company?

  24. 24.

    Do you have managing experience?

  25. 25.

    Tell us about your experience in negotiations.

  26. 26.

    What are your long term goals as a purchasing manager?

  27. 27.

    Do you manage your time well?

  28. 28.

    What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

  29. 29.

    What do you enjoy about this industry?

  30. 30.

    What kind of work environment do you thrive in?

  31. 31.

    If hired, how long do you plan on working for us?

  32. 32.

    Why are you the best purchasing manager for us?

  33. 33.

    When have you had to change suppliers due to poor quality of their product?

  34. 34.

    Give an example of how you dealt with a supplier who did not deliver on the agreed upon date?

  35. 35.

    Do you have experience visiting a suppliers plant before purchasing? What are the things you are looking for when considering their products?

  36. 36.

    Are you open and available to travel for work?

  37. 37.

    What steps do you take to determine whether or not a price the suppler is offering is reasonable?

  38. 38.

    When have you negotiated a much lower price with a supplier?

  39. 39.

    What makes a great Purchasing Manager?