Vendor Manager Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Vendor Manager interview, here are 25 interview questions and answer examples.

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What do you prioritize when researching for new vendors?

The interviewer will want to get a glimpse at the past work that you have done and the strategy you have developed in doing your job well. Share the advice your future company provided you and also some things you have developed or discovered as a result of your experience. Walk the interviewer through your process, without going too far in depth, and share some best practices that you have been taught or have picked up along the way.

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25 Vendor Manager Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. What do you prioritize when researching for new vendors?

  • 2. Why should we hire you for this role?

  • 3. What is your experience in managing a team? What is your leadership style?

  • 4. How do you ensure invoices are accurate and paid in a timely and consistent manner?

  • 5. Tell me about a time you worked collaboratively with different teams or departments to solve a problem.

  • 6. Do you have experience with a contract management program or software?

  • 7. In your experience, what have been some reasons you've chosen to end a relationship with a vendor?

  • 8. How do you prioritize your workload and cope with stress?

  • 9. What is an area of weakness for you?

  • 10. Tell me about a time you came up with an innovative idea or made a process more streamlined?

  • 11. How have you had to leverage negotiation skills in your professional experience?

  • 12. What would you do if a product from a vendor arrived and was not as advertised or promised?

  • 13. Tell me about a time you worked with a vendor who failed to deliver on time.

  • 14. Tell me about yourself.

  • 15. Why do you want to work for this company?

  • 16. How do you intentionally build and maintain relationships with colleagues and vendors?

  • 17. Tell me about a personal and a professional short-term goal of yours.

  • 18. How would your previous coworkers describe you?

  • 19. How do you feel about the possibility of frequent travel in this role?

  • 20. What are your expectations for compensation in this role?

  • 21. Name and explain a strength and a weakness that pertains to your communication skills.

  • 22. What systems do you have in place to keep yourself organized?

  • 23. Tell me about a recent time you had to use quick thinking and problem solving skills to get out of a jam.

  • 24. What are three words that best describe you?

  • 25. What motivates you to do your job well?