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Purchasing Manager Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Purchasing Manager interview, here are 39 interview questions and answer examples.

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

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List of 39 Purchasing Manager Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

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

  2. 2.

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

  3. 3.

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

  4. 4.

    Do you have managing experience?

  5. 5.

    What are your career goals?

  6. 6.

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

  7. 7.

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

  8. 8.

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

  9. 9.

    Tell me what you know about us.

  10. 10.

    Tell us about your experience in negotiations.

  11. 11.

    How would your former employer describe you?

  12. 12.

    How do you prioritize your work?

  13. 13.

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

  14. 14.

    What techniques do you use in motivating employees?

  15. 15.

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

  16. 16.

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

  17. 17.

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

  18. 18.

    Are you open and available to travel for work?

  19. 19.

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

  20. 20.

    What makes a great Purchasing Manager?

  21. 21.

    Why did you choose to apply at our company?

  22. 22.

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

  23. 23.

    What aspect of supervision do you find most difficult?

  24. 24.

    What are your long term goals as a purchasing manager?

  25. 25.

    How do you handle stressful situations?

  26. 26.

    Do you manage your time well?

  27. 27.

    What do you enjoy about this industry?

  28. 28.

    What kind of work environment do you thrive in?

  29. 29.

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

  30. 30.

    What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?

  31. 31.

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

  32. 32.

    What type of experience do you have in creating budgets?

  33. 33.

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

  34. 34.

    Why are you the best purchasing manager for us?

  35. 35.

    Are you a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager)?

  36. 36.

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

  37. 37.

    How do you ensure successful tracking of inventory?

  38. 38.

    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?

  39. 39.

    What will bring purchasing to the C-Level dialog?