Question Overview: If your company is looking to hire a buyer, you may need to consider candidates who are willing to relocate. If you have a location in a different city or state, you may want to ask your candidate if they are willing to move. If they are, you can then ask them about their plans for the future.
Sample Answer: I am willing to relocate if it means that I can help your company grow. I would like to continue my education in business and accounting so that I can be an asset to your company for many years to come.
Question Overview: When you ask your candidate about customer service, you want to hear about their professional approach to the buying process. A good candidate will be able to explain how they have helped their company to succeed in the past.
Sample Answer: I always try to make sure that my customers are happy with their purchases. I take the time to understand their needs and work with them to find a solution that works for everyone involved.
Question Overview: The best candidates are always willing to work with others. When you ask about a time when they worked as part of a team, you can learn about their ability to collaborate with others. This is especially important if your company is a small business that relies on teamwork.
Sample Answer: I have always been a team player, and I have worked with people from all walks of life. I have also been able to work with people from different cultures, and I have learned how to communicate effectively in those situations.
Question Overview: This is a common question that most interviewers ask, and it's important to have a response prepared. The interviewer is looking for a potential employee who can handle pressure and remain calm in the face of challenges.
Sample Answer: I have learned to recognize stress as a sign that I need to take a step back and reevaluate my situation. I have also learned to take time off when I need to relax and refresh myself.
Question Overview: This is a good way to learn more about your potential candidate's self-confidence. If they are not confident in their abilities, they may not be the best fit for your company. If they are confident, you can feel more comfortable about their ability to succeed in the role.
Sample Answer: I have been working in this industry for over eight years, and I have extensive experience with the software that you use. I believe that I am a great candidate for this position because I am a quick learner and I am always willing to help out wherever I can.
Question Overview: This is a common question that is asked to see how well the candidate can handle themselves in an interview. A good answer is one that shows that they are aware of their flaws and are working on improving them.
Sample Answer: I have a tendency to get wrapped up in my work and lose track of time. I have been working on setting aside time for myself to relax and unwind.
Question Overview: When you're interviewing a candidate for a buying position, it's important to learn how they would respond to a common problem. You want to know that they are able to think on their feet and find a solution to any problem that arises.
Sample Answer: I would contact the seller and find out what happened. If the delay was due to an error on their part, I would make sure that they understood the importance of meeting our deadlines. If it was our fault, I would work with our logistics team to find a solution.
Question Overview: You want to learn about your candidate's reputation in the workplace. If they have a good one, then you can expect that they will be a good fit for your company. If they have a bad one, then you can look for other candidates who have better reputations.
Sample Answer: My manager would describe me as a hard worker who is always willing to pitch in when needed. I have a great deal of experience working with others to get the job done.
Question Overview: This is a great opportunity for your candidate to show their enthusiasm for your company. They should be able to explain why they're interested in the position and how they can contribute to the company's success.
Sample Answer: I am very interested in your company because of its reputation for excellence. I have always wanted to work with a team that is committed to providing excellent customer service, and I know that I can make a positive impact on your business.
Question Overview: The best candidates will be eager to get the ball rolling on the hiring process. If your candidate is willing to schedule a phone interview, you can feel confident that they are interested in the job and want to move forward.
Sample Answer: I have a few meetings this week, but I can schedule a phone interview on Thursday afternoon.
Question Overview: This is a simple question that can reveal a lot about your potential candidate. You want to make sure that they are a good fit for your company, and it's hard to tell if they will be without knowing more about their personality.
Sample Answer: I'm a hard worker who always strives to do my best. I'm also very friendly and enjoy interacting with customers and coworkers.
Question Overview: This is a good way to learn about the candidate's confidence level. If they are confident in their ability to succeed in the role, then you can be confident in their ability to succeed in your company.
Sample Answer: I would be confident that I could do a great job for your company. I have extensive experience with the software you use and would be able to learn any new programs quickly.
Question Overview: A good candidate will be able to handle any conflict that arises with a seller. When you ask them about a situation where they had to deal with a difficult seller, you can gauge their level of professionalism and how they would handle a similar situation in the future.
Sample Answer: I would first try to understand the seller's perspective and then work with my team to come up with a solution that works for both of us.
Question Overview: Difficult situations are a part of every business, and they can be especially challenging for new buyers. When you ask this question, you want to hear about how the candidate handled a situation that they didn't have much experience with. The best candidates will be able to explain their thought process and how they were able to overcome the challenge.
Sample Answer: I once had to negotiate with a seller who was very difficult to work with. I had to use my negotiation skills and come up with a solution that was beneficial for both of us.
Question Overview: This is a great way to find out how your candidate will react to a stressful situation. When you ask them about a customer who needs something done right away, you learn about their ability to prioritize and manage their time.
Sample Answer: I would immediately contact my team and see what we could do to help. I've worked with a number of suppliers who have delivered on short notice, and I know that it's possible to get the job done.
Question Overview: Mistakes happen to everyone, and it's important to know how your potential candidate reacts to them. When you ask about a mistake they made, you can learn about their character and how they deal with failure.
Sample Answer: I once made a mistake in the accounting department that caused us to lose money. I was able to fix the problem before it became too big, and I learned from my mistake so that it wouldn't happen again.
Question Overview: A good way to learn more about your potential candidate's personality is to ask them about their weaknesses. This question is a bit of a double-edged sword, though, because it can be difficult to answer. The best way to respond is to discuss a challenge that they overcame and how they plan to improve in the future.
Sample Answer: I have a tendency to get too focused on the details and lose sight of the big picture. I'm working on developing my ability to see the big picture and make decisions based on that information.
Question Overview: It's important to learn about your candidate's ability to react to a variety of situations. When you ask them about a current economic issue that could affect their role, you can get a feel for how they would handle it. The best candidates will be able to explain how they would react to the situation and how they would help their company.
Sample Answer: I would look for ways to minimize the impact of any economic changes on our company. I would work with our marketing department to ensure that our products were still in demand, and I would work with our shipping department to ensure that we were still able to deliver our products on time.
Question Overview: This is a good way to learn more about your potential candidate's professional network. You can learn about their relationships with other buyers and sellers, as well as their contacts in the industry.
Sample Answer: I have a lot of respect for my former boss, who is now a senior buyer at another company. I also have a lot of respect for my former boss's boss, who is now a senior executive at another company.
Question Overview: The answer to this question will tell you a lot about your potential candidate's personality. You want to hire someone who is a good fit for your company's culture and values. When you ask this question, you want to hear about the candidate's willingness to work hard and help out in any way possible.
Sample Answer: I am a hard worker who always strives to do my best. I am also very personable and enjoy working with others. I will contribute to the company by helping it grow and thrive.