Buyer Interview Questions

Buyer Interview Questions

As a buyer, it's your job to seek out products for your company's use, determine the best deals you can receive, and negotiate with vendors. Employers are looking for applicants with strong analytical skills and confident decision-making and negotiating abilities. In an interview, you may be asked to provide examples of a past business negotiation you brokered or a time when you were able to source a product under budget.

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Top Buyer Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are the three top buyer interview questions and how to answer them:

Question #1: What are the essential skills needed to be a successful buyer?

How to answer: By asking this question, the interviewer wants to know whether you truly understand the role of a buyer and have the necessary skills to be successful. Talk about the most important skills for a buyer, such as data-analysis, negotiation, decision-making, and communication skills.

Question #2: Can you tell us about a challenging negotiation you faced in the past and its outcome?

How to answer: Offer a concrete case that clearly shows that you possess excellent negotiation skills. Usually, an employer will be looking for a win-win situation with a supplier. Therefore, you should focus on a fair and ethical negotiation that resulted in the best possible deal for both your company and the vendor.

Question #3: Can you name one of our popular products?

How to answer: To answer this interview question well, you need to do thorough research on the company's products. Besides naming a popular product, you should also explain the reasons behind your choice by providing relevant information such as market statistics and demographics.

Top Interview Questions

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Assistant Buyer was asked...June 30, 2012

Who do you think are our competitors?

1 Answers

Named other clothing retailers that carried the same product.

How could you get the information you want from an individual over the phone who you have no prior interactions or connections to?

1 Answers

I find it very helpful to be positive and befriend people over the phone, and establish relationships with individuals, especially if I will be making repeat calls. One time in school, I wanted to take a specific professor for one of his classes, so I e-mailed him prior to class starting, because his class was full. I was able to speak with him and tell him why I wanted to take the class, so eventually I was let into the class. Less

Neiman Marcus

What types of qualities do you think a buyer needs to have?

1 Answers

Good communication and analytical skills and a sense of urgency. Good knowledge of retail math. Less

Buffalo Exchange
Buyer was asked...June 23, 2016

Name 3 trends that are coming up this year, and 3 trends that were popular last year but aren't anymore.


What's an example of when you had to organize a large amount of numerical information and how did you do it?

Buffalo Exchange
Buyer was asked...August 26, 2015

How do you keep up with current fashion trends?

Buyer was asked...October 21, 2015

how much the salary you expect

50 Answers

20.k per month

My salary depending my work

Please give me job

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How do you manage your work?

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You should make sure your work always comes first and you tell your friends and they might become client Less

You should make sure your work always comes first and you tell your friends and they might become client Less

You should make sure your work always comes first and you tell your friends and they might become client Less

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Trademark Metals Recycling
Buyer was asked...June 21, 2018

How quickly can you resign from your current position?

4 Answers

2 weeks

2 weeks

2 weeks

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Aramco Americas
Buyer was asked...August 12, 2012

Are you married, do you have any children, how old are you.

2 Answers

Legally they can't ask those type of questions or they could be sued


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