1. What are your career goals as Buying / Procurement Officer?

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.

2. Explain me example of how you've won over a difficult stakeholder?

This illustrates how a candidate will go about building relationships and how he approaches dealing with resistance. “ A good answer should include signs of empathy.”

3. Explain me is it important to track the inventory turns?

Inventories represent a sizable investment for businesses. The higher the inventory turns, the lower the inventory carrying costs.

4. Explain me why are you the best purchasing manager for us?

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.

5. Tell me how to turns inventory calculated?

A method used to calculate inventory turns is to divide the average inventory level into the annual cost of goods.

6. Tell me how will you go about determining this company's purchasing patterns?

Its good as long as every material received on time with good quality and competitive prices.

7. Explain life cycle costing?

Life cycle costing is the total cost of purchasing, operating, maintaining, supporting and disposing of a product.

8. Why did you choose to apply at our company as Buying / Procurement Officer?

I hope to improve my skills and I want to be part of it.

9. What do you enjoy about this industry as Buying / Procurement Officer?

Very friendly and professional working envoirnment.

10. Explain me what makes a great Purchasing Manager?

I have a strong negotiating skills and convincing ability to get the agreement with suppliers.

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11. Explain me what techniques do you use in motivating employees?

Offering the incentives and leaves it they complete their targets on time.

12. Please tell me how would your former employer describe you?

An extremely valuable asset they won't be happy to lose.

13. Please tell me how do you handle stressful situations?

Just by relaxing and have a meeting with my team.

14. Tell me do you have managing experience?

Yes am much experienced in managing a company with 140 employees and taking care of all the trades.

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

Yes I work well on team but little demanding towards their duties.

16. Tell me when have you had to change suppliers due to poor quality of their product?

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.

17. Suppose if we hire you, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?

As I will be working in purchase department, its my duty of cost cutting and sourcing the best products with competitive prices.

18. Explain me how to control the purchasing price?

Some employers may ask you this to check your knowledge in purchase. It can be quite difficult for prospective employers to work out whether potential candidates are good, so this is your chance to shine.

When answering this question you could split up into following points:

☛ By alternative procurement
☛ Alternative supplier sourcing
☛ Vendor increases in different items
☛ Reducing production cost
☛ Procure best quality products
☛ Procure by ensuring product lifetime by supplier, which is most effective way of cost minimization.

19. General Buying / Procurement Officer Job Interview Questions:

☛ Walk me through the purchasing process
☛ What criteria do you use to evaluate a supplier?
☛ What is a QPL (Qualified Products List)?
☛ How do you go about finding new suppliers?
☛ What is your supervisory experience?
☛ Have you used a vendor management software?
☛ What is a purchase requisition and how would you process it?
☛ What is your experience with contract management?
☛ What are some questions you could ask when getting supplier references?
☛ Are you familiar with UCC (Uniform Commercial Code)?

20. Fresh Buying / Procurement Officer Job Interview Questions:

☛ Imagine a batch of products that was just delivered doesn't meet specifications. How do you handle it?
☛ If an order of raw materials is delayed, there may be a stop in production. How do you ensure this doesn't happen?
☛ If I asked you to achieve cost savings in a limited time, what would you consider?
☛ Imagine one of the departments are asking for equipment that exceeds budget claiming they really need it. How do you resolve this?
☛ If a buyer or purchasing agent was consistently underperforming, what would you do?

21. Top Buying / Procurement Officer Job Interview Questions:

☛ Have you ever had to cancel a supplier contract? What happened?
☛ Were you ever faced with a disagreement with a supplier? How did you resolve it?
☛ Describe a time you achieved a significant discount to a supply contract
☛ Have you ever made an unsuccessful purchase? What did you learn?
☛ Tell me about a time you had to lead a team of buyers for a project. Were you successful?
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22. Behavioral Buying / Procurement Officer Job Interview Questions:

☛ Describe a time when a buyer was under-performing. What did you do?
☛ How do you resolve disagreements with suppliers? Give some examples.
☛ Describe a situation where you achieved a discount.
☛ Have you ever had to cancel a vendor contract? What happened?
☛ How do you grow your network of industry professionals, like suppliers?

23. Difficult Buying / Procurement Officer Job Interview Questions:

☛ How do you perform market analysis? What tools do you use?
☛ What would make you search for a new supplier?
☛ What kind of supplier or third party management software have you experience working with?
☛ How do you ensure on time delivery of orders?
☛ If a supplier informs you that there will be a delay in their shipping, how would you deal with it?
☛ If a department wants to order equipment that's beyond budget, what would you do?
☛ How do you evaluate product quality? If you receive a defective product, how do you handle it?

24. New Buying / Procurement Officer Job Interview Questions:

☛ Can you explain the purchasing process step-by-step?
☛ When choosing suppliers, what are the most crucial criteria to consider?
☛ What is a Qualified Products List (QPL)?
☛ Which are the key procurement metrics?
☛ How do you keep records of supplies?
☛ What is risk management?
☛ Are you familiar with warehouse safety regulations?

25. Basic Buying / Procurement Officer Job Interview Questions:

☛ What tools do you use to keep track of progress on your projects?
☛ What are your career goals?
☛ What type of experience do you have in creating budgets?
☛ How do you prioritize your work?
☛ If we buy a customized product from a single source, how will you know if the price is fair?
☛ How would your former employer describe you?
☛ Give an example when you have had a dispute with a supplier? How did you handle it?
☛ What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
☛ What do you enjoy about this industry?
☛ What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
☛ Do you work well on a team or prefer to work independently?
☛ What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?
☛ Why are you the best purchasing manager for us?
☛ How will you go about determining this company's purchasing patterns?
☛ 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?
☛ How do you ensure successful tracking of inventory?
☛ Have you completed your Bachelor's Degree in Supply Management or Operations Management? If not, are you interested in obtaining your degree?
☛ Are you a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager)?
☛ If hired, how long do you plan on working for us?
☛ When have you had to change suppliers due to poor quality of their product?
☛ Do you manage your time well?
☛ How do you handle stressful situations?
☛ Give an example of how you dealt with a supplier who did not deliver on the agreed upon date?
☛ Do you have experience visiting a suppliers plant before purchasing? What are the things you are looking for when considering their products?
☛ Are you open and available to travel for work?
☛ What steps do you take to determine whether or not a price the suppler is offering is reasonable?
☛ When have you negotiated a much lower price with a supplier?
☛ What makes a great Purchasing Manager?
☛ Tell me what you know about us.
☛ Why did you choose to apply at our company?
☛ Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
☛ If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with our company?
☛ What aspect of supervision do you find most difficult?
☛ Do you have managing experience?
☛ What techniques do you use in motivating employees?
☛ Tell us about your experience in negotiations.
☛ What are your long term goals as a purchasing manager?
☛ If you could change one aspect of the purchasing process, what would you change?
☛ What will bring purchasing to the C-Level dialog?

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26. Tell me about your experience in negotiations?

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.

27. Tell me what steps do you take to determine whether or not a price the suppler is offering is reasonable?

Analyzing and checking with multiple supplier and their quality.

28. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure as Buying / Procurement Officer?

Pressure is actually a catalyst to my work. When there is an imperative deadline, I refocus my energy into my work which in fact, has helped me to produce some of my best works. (Give examples) I guess you can say I thrive under pressure.

29. Explain me an example of how you dealt with a supplier who did not deliver on the agreed upon date?

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.

30. Please tell me whats the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

When supplier delayed the material and plant has stopped, I keep a emergency back up supplier and got the material from other supplier for little extra price.

31. Tell me what are the ways you would select to improve the purchase & logistics department of our company?

Employers are asking this question to find out how much research you've done and whether you've got a full understanding of the company and the role. If you have got no clue about the company's purchase and logistics department, then tell them you do your research and find out what sort of improvement is needed.

You can then go on to describe it- the most frequent challenges of purchase and logistics and you can also add the achievements you have got from your present employer.

32. Tell me do you have experience visiting a suppliers plant before purchasing? What are the things you are looking for when considering their products?

Personally visiting supplier plants, checking their quality and production schedules.

33. Explain me an example when you have had a dispute with a supplier? How did you handle it?

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.

34. Explain me how you can calculate inventory turns?

Inventory turns is the annual cost of the inventory issued divided by the average monthly inventory value.

The average monthly inventory value is calculated by adding the past 12 monthly inventory values and dividing the total by 12. At the end of each subsequent month, add the latest month's inventory value and delete the 12th most distant monthly inventory value.
The annual cost of issues is calculated by adding the past 12 monthly cost of inventory issues. At the end of each subsequent month, add the latest month's cost of inventory issues and delete the 12th most distant month.

Example: Annual Cost of Issues/ Average Monthly Inventory Value = Inventory Turns $400,000/$100,000 = 4.0 Turns.

35. Please explain something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume?

Iam 41 years old completed my MBA with marketing specialization . I started my career as a sales executive with an electrical company in my home town and reached to the level of general manager with my skills and experience.

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

Till the time I reach to CEO position with skills and performance.

37. Tell me what tools do you use to keep track of progress on your projects?

Excel spreadsheets and diaries help to make sure I can track and monitor progress at all times when working on projects.

38. Explain me can a shipment be rejected by just simply returning it?

You cannot reject a shipment by just returning it without stating why the shipment is rejected. The UCC states that you must particularize your objections to the goods.

39. Tell us what type of experience do you have in creating budgets?

For the past five years I have been integral in the preparation of the budget for the eastern division this involves.

40. Tell me when have you negotiated a much lower price with a supplier?

At the time when we need a material just for back up , six months ahead of project.

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41. Tell us what Attracted You To This Purchase & Logistics Manager Vacancy?

This is a good question for a lot of prospective employers to ask you at the start of the interview, as it allows them to weigh up your motivations. Obviously this question requires you to understand the job advert/spec inside and out, so have a good think about why you wanted to apply. There are lots of different reasons you could use; it could be that it was the company in particular or a specific aspect of the job description that you were interested in. That said; try not to use the salary as a reason, it just looks like you're only in it for the money, which is never a good sign for a prospective employer.

42. Tell me what are the challenges do companies faces as they try to improve Supply Chain Management?

Employers are asking this question to check your problem solving skills to improve the present situation and to check how much you are updated with the present market challenges.

So, a good answer probably, that as companies are challenged with finding ways to meet ever-rising customer expectations at a manageable cost. To do so, businesses must identify which parts of their supply chain process are not competitive, understand which customer needs are not being met, establish improvement goals, and rapidly implement necessary improvements.

43. Tell me what percentage of your current role is strategic versus tactical?

This reveals how often candidates “roll up their sleeves,”. It can also reveal their analytical skills.

44. Tell me how do purchasers find their suppliers. Are there favorite places they look?

A prime source for finding new suppliers is the Thomas Register. The Thomas Register lists manufacturers by product categories and geographic location. Thomas Register supplier information can be obtained online from their website (its free), a set of their cds which can be networked within a company, and their set of catalogs. Another good source for finding suppliers is through Trade Associations, most can be accessed online. Another good source is globalguideline.com and internet search engines such as google.com which can be used to search for specific products, commodities, jobs, and iterviews or companies.

45. Tell me do you manage your time well?

Yes I manage my time very well as required.

46. Tell me if you could change one aspect of the purchasing process, what would you change?

Allign my team and suppliers to progress for timely delivery.

47. Tell me what aspect of supervision do you find most difficult?

Supervising the people who are not from the same platform and their duties.

48. Please tell me what you know about us?

I do not know much about your company but I know the required tasks and duties I need to perform.

49. Explain are you open and available to travel for work?

Yes I enjoy travelling if its a business and pleasure trip.

50. Tell me what kind of pressures have you encountered at work?

Completing the task in assigned time frame.

51. Tell us how do you prioritize your work?

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