Purchasing Manager Interview Questions

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Question 1 of 39

Why did you choose to apply at our company?

Purchasing Manager Interview Questions

  1. 1.

    Why did you choose to apply at our company?

  2. 2.

    Tell me what you know about us.

  3. 3.

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

  4. 4.

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

  5. 5.

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

  6. 6.

    How would your former employer describe you?

  7. 7.

    How do you ensure successful tracking of inventory?

  8. 8.

    What type of experience do you have in creating budgets?

  9. 9.

    Why are you the best purchasing manager for us?

  10. 10.

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

  11. 11.

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

  12. 12.

    What makes a great Purchasing Manager?

  13. 13.

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

  14. 14.

    What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?

  15. 15.

    What do you enjoy about this industry?

  16. 16.

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

  17. 17.

    What are your career goals?

  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.

    Are you a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager)?

  21. 21.

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

  22. 22.

    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?

  23. 23.

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

  24. 24.

    What kind of work environment do you thrive in?

  25. 25.

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

  26. 26.

    What will bring purchasing to the C-Level dialog?

  27. 27.

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

  28. 28.

    Are you open and available to travel for work?

  29. 29.

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

  30. 30.

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

  31. 31.

    Do you manage your time well?

  32. 32.

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

  33. 33.

    What aspect of supervision do you find most difficult?

  34. 34.

    Do you have managing experience?

  35. 35.

    What techniques do you use in motivating employees?

  36. 36.

    Tell us about your experience in negotiations.

  37. 37.

    What are your long term goals as a purchasing manager?

  38. 38.

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

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    How do you handle stressful situations?