11 Purchasing Interview Questions You May Encounter

Will You Give The Right Answers?

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Place a checkmark next to those questions that you would have difficulty answering. Be honest!

1. How will you go about determining this company’s purchasing patterns?

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

3. All we have is raw purchasing transaction information. What can you do to make sense of it?

4. How do you define cost savings in a way that will be embraced by executive management?

5. What factors would you consider if you had to produce cost savings in a short time frame?

6. What process do you go through when conducting a sourcing initiative?

7. How do you decide if you need a contract for a purchase or not?

8. What are some appropriate remedies for a supplier’s failure to perform?

9. How can we reduce our risk through better contract language?

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

11. What techniques do you use to accelerate progress on your projects?


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By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

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