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Question 1 of 39
What tools do you use to keep track of progress on your projects?
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List of Purchasing Manager Interview Questions
  1. What tools do you use to keep track of progress on your projects?
  2. What are your career goals?
  3. What type of experience do you have in creating budgets?
  4. How do you prioritize your work?
  5. If we buy a customized product from a single source, how will you know if the price is fair?
  6. How would your former employer describe you?
  7. Give an example when you have had a dispute with a supplier? How did you handle it?
  8. What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
  9. What do you enjoy about this industry?
  10. What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
  11. Do you work well on a team or prefer to work independently?
  12. What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?
  13. Why are you the best purchasing manager for us?
  14. How will you go about determining this company's purchasing patterns?
  15. 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?
  16. How do you ensure successful tracking of inventory?
  17. Have you completed your Bachelor's Degree in Supply Management or Operations Management? If not, are you interested in obtaining your degree?
  18. Are you a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager)?
  19. If hired, how long do you plan on working for us?
  20. When have you had to change suppliers due to poor quality of their product?
  21. Do you manage your time well?
  22. How do you handle stressful situations?
  23. Give an example of how you dealt with a supplier who did not deliver on the agreed upon date?
  24. Do you have experience visiting a suppliers plant before purchasing? What are the things you are looking for when considering their products?
  25. Are you open and available to travel for work?
  26. What steps do you take to determine whether or not a price the suppler is offering is reasonable?
  27. When have you negotiated a much lower price with a supplier?
  28. What makes a great Purchasing Manager?
  29. Tell me what you know about us.
  30. Why did you choose to apply at our company?
  31. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
  32. If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?
  33. What aspect of supervision do you find most difficult?
  34. Do you have managing experience?
  35. What techniques do you use in motivating employees?
  36. Tell us about your experience in negotiations.
  37. What are your long term goals as a purchasing manager?
  38. If you could change one aspect of the purchasing process, what would you change?
  39. What will bring purchasing to the C-Level dialog?
Authors:
Contributing Author
Diana D'Souza
HR Professional
Creativeinkdrops.com/
Purchasing Manager Information
September 30th, 2017

Purchasing managers are responsible for making major buying decisions on behalf of the company they work with. They look for the best goods, services or equipment they can get at the most competitive prices so that their company can continue to operate efficiently while still being able to make a profit. Keeping a check on stock levels, predicting demand for products or services, looking for best value for money, and developing a solid purchasing strategy are just some of the many responsibilities of a purchasing manager.

The qualifications necessary for this role may vary considerably depending on the size of the company as well as the industry. Larger companies will only hire candidates who have a minimum bachelor's degree in a field related to business, marketing, purchasing or retail management. Construction, engineering. and other technology firms will look for applicants who have the relevant knowledge and qualifications.

At your interview, the interviewer will ask you about your qualifications and experience in the field. They will also want to know why you chose this job and what skills you have that make you the best person for this role. If you want to know more about questions that are commonly asked at purchasing manager interviews, you will find several at Mock Questions.
Purchasing Manager User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 39
What tools do you use to keep track of progress on your projects?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Available computer programs and inventory.
2.
We are following TOC way of working to track progress through daily flow meeting.
3.
Excel spreadsheets and diaries help to make sure I can track and monitor progress at all times when working on projects.
4.
Gantt Chart or other project management tools.
5.
How will you go about determining this company's purchasing patterns.
Question 2 of 39
What are your career goals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes I perform very well under pressure, my job is to respect time and reach the target on time.
2.
To reach to be Purchasing manager.
3.
I want to always be pushing forward, I don't want to hit a point where I feel I've learned all I can in this field. I'm striving to continually improve both myself and my output at work.
Question 3 of 39
What type of experience do you have in creating budgets?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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All the time I found resistance from team, but most of the time it was achievable.
2.
What kind of people do you like working with ?
3.
For the past five years I have been intergal in th epreparation of the budget for the eastern division this involves.
4.
I usually use the figures as benchmarks from the previous projects.
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Yes, from both life and work experience effective and accurate budgeting has been essential.
Question 4 of 39
How do you prioritize your work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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As per the company requirement, first my assigned tasks and company other departments.
Question 5 of 39
If we buy a customized product from a single source, how will you know if the price is fair?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Will check the price for all the raw materials used in this product and considering the conversion cost and logistics cost.
2.
I'd assess previous purchases and look at the budget for those, as well as seeking quotes from other sources before committing to the purchase.
3.
. If we buy a customized product from a single source, how will you know if the price is fair.
4.
Compare other product as same catagory.
Question 6 of 39
How would your former employer describe you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
An extremely valuable asset they won't be happy to lose.
Question 7 of 39
Give an example when you have had a dispute with a supplier? How did you handle it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I contact with suppliers and solve the dispute.
2.
Material was delayed and quality issue, had a meeting me supplier to exchange the material with in time and penalised for the same.
3.
There are many scanrios where we had dispute getting delivery, warranty support and price escalation. In the case of delivery, to work out milestones and depute person at supplier premises, warranty support - to prove that it is uppliers fault. If not then use tool of invoking BG, price escalation > evaluate current trends and settle price.
4.
Yes I was... After I feel this I was discussed with my manager and take a decision to black list that supplier. Before going to my manager I was informed the higher authority from that supplier.
5.
We had issues of several missed or delayed deliveries over a course of a few weeks. I sent test orders and logged each discrepancy before reporting the issues to our accounts manager with the findings. We changed ordering times to ease pressure on the supplier and have since had no problems.
Question 8 of 39
What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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When supplier delayed the material and plant has stopped, Ikeep a emergency back up supplier and got the material from other supplier for little extra price.
Question 9 of 39
What do you enjoy about this industry?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Very friendly and professional working envoirnment.
Question 10 of 39
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
Question 11 of 39
Do you work well on a team or prefer to work independently?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes I work well on team but little demanding towards their duties.
Question 12 of 39
What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Completing the task in assigned time frame.
Question 13 of 39
Why are you the best purchasing manager for us?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
You should hire me because I worked last as a general manager covering all the departments such as sales, contract management, purchasing, manpower management.
2.
I think I have a good experience and need to learn a lot of things quickly and I have ability to work under stress and I have a talent to filling the orders form and send the order and follow it till delivery to warehouse and make po's at mr's system and pricing the items and calculate the margin.
Question 14 of 39
How will you go about determining this company's purchasing patterns?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Its good as long as every material received on time with good quality and competitive prices.
Question 15 of 39
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?
Question 16 of 39
How do you ensure successful tracking of inventory?
Question 17 of 39
Have you completed your Bachelor's Degree in Supply Management or Operations Management? If not, are you interested in obtaining your degree?
Question 18 of 39
Are you a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager)?
Question 19 of 39
If hired, how long do you plan on working for us?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Till the time I reach to CEO position with skills and performance.
Question 20 of 39
When have you had to change suppliers due to poor quality of their product?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When you provide my company bad quality and the risk greater than good.
2.
Only one and that also I have gone with the supplier just for very less prices.
3.
Changing supplier due to poor quality of product ALONE is not a good way to practice. You have to consider the other aspects of their existence to your company using KPI. If your criteria comprise of product quality, timely delivery and communication, better think first. Is your supplier delivery habit always on time? Is your supplier observe the highest ethical standard in communication? If all no, then change your supplier. If yes, then better request for a meeting how to mutually solve the issue.
4.
A supplier continually used plastic bags rather than boxes to supply products, resulting in imperfections or heavy.
Question 21 of 39
Do you manage your time well?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes I manage my time very well as required.
Question 22 of 39
How do you handle stressful situations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Just by relaxing and have a meeting with my team.
Question 23 of 39
Give an example of how you dealt with a supplier who did not deliver on the agreed upon date?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Will try to solve the issue with supplier and their concerned senior department and will try to get the order deliver with in a short time and sourcing other supplier for back up.
2.
I should be sefty my self.
Question 24 of 39
Do you have experience visiting a suppliers plant before purchasing? What are the things you are looking for when considering their products?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Personally visiting supplier plants, checking their quality and production schedules.
Question 25 of 39
Are you open and available to travel for work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I enjoy travelling if its a business and pleasure trip.
Question 26 of 39
What steps do you take to determine whether or not a price the suppler is offering is reasonable?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Compare this price with other offers.
2.
Analyzing and checking with multiple supplier and their quality.
Question 27 of 39
When have you negotiated a much lower price with a supplier?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
At the time when we need a material just for back up , six months ahead of project.
2.
To decrease the cost to increase the quantity.
Question 28 of 39
What makes a great Purchasing Manager?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have a strong negotiating skills and convincing ability to get the agreement with suppliers.
Question 29 of 39
Tell me what you know about us.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I do not know much about your company but I know the required tasks and duties I need to perform.
Question 30 of 39
Why did you choose to apply at our company?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
As I want to work with growth oriented company.
2.
I hope to improve my skills and I want to be part of it.
Question 31 of 39
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Iam 41 years old completed my MBA with marketing specialisation . I started my career as a sales executive with a electical company in my home town and reached to the level of general manager with my skills and experience.
Question 32 of 39
If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
As I will be working in purchase department, its my duty of cost cutting and sourcing the best products with competitive prices.
Question 33 of 39
What aspect of supervision do you find most difficult?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Supervising the people who are not from the same platform and their duties.
Question 34 of 39
Do you have managing experience?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes am much experienced in managing a company with 140 employees and taking care of all the trades.
Question 35 of 39
What techniques do you use in motivating employees?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Offering the incentives and leaves it they complete their targets on time.
Question 36 of 39
Tell us about your experience in negotiations.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Supplier offered me a good price with delivery schedule, other suppliers were also competitive, Icalled two suppliers at a time for meeting and negotiated with both of then in group meeting and struck a good deal.
Question 37 of 39
What are your long term goals as a purchasing manager?
Question 38 of 39
If you could change one aspect of the purchasing process, what would you change?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Allign my team and suppliers to progress for timely delivery.
Question 39 of 39
What will bring purchasing to the C-Level dialog?
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