10 interview questions every buyer should know

I have been both an interviewer and an interviewee a number of times within my 14-year procurement career, during which I have come across and asked a variety of questions, some of which have been more successful and insightful than others.

I have compiled and refined these questions a number of times to come up with what I believe is a list of the best 10 procurement-focused interview questions. I hope some of these will be of use for the next time you are looking for the next procurement professional within your organisation.

1. What have been the biggest achievements in your procurement career?

2. What do you like most and least about procurement?

3. Give an example of a time when you have had a difficult experience with a stakeholder and how you resolved it.

4. What tools and techniques would you use to implement a company-wide operational change driven by a procurement need to save money? And how would you get buy-in from stakeholders?

5. What has been the hardest lesson you have learnt in procurement?

6. Give an example when your perseverance resulted in a win for you and your organisation?

7. Who has had the biggest influence of your career? And how have they helped shape you?

8. What ongoing education are you undertaking?

9. What would you like to be doing in two or three years? And what is your career goal in 10 years’ time?

10. What attracted you to apply for this role and to work this company?

☛ James Williams is procurement team leader at ActewAGL

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