Buyer Interview Questions

As a buyer, it is 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 tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 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 No. 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 No. 3: Can you name one of our popular products?

How to answer: To answer this interview question well, you need to do some thorough research into the company's products. As well as 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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Buyer was asked...21 October 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?

4 Answers

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...21 June 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...12 August 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


Pick 'n Pay
Buyer was asked...1 October 2018

Why PnP

3 Answers

I've been seeking an employer that has in is levels long lengths of service ; in order for me to finally lay down anchor.For me that's a great indicator of culture that is attractive & keeps employees engaged. Less

I have signed to put more effort in my working and its a great company I have noticed and willing to work for so far Less

Your response will be highly greatful


Why would you want to work for Tesco? What makes you the perfect candidate for this position?

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I have ran my driving school successfully for over 22 years now as an independent and know the true value of customer care and strong brand awareness Less

Because i am pragmatic .

I am the perfect candidate for many of the position Tesco offers. I am experienced in working at direct contact with customers. I have been a cashier for a long time. I am used to advice people in buying. I am a nice and well- looking persone. Less

Neiman Marcus

questions on critical thinking and problem solving are asked to asses how you can handle multiple tasks and work load stress

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be prepared to give details on how you handle tasks and prioritizing your time and back that with examples Less

" basket interview session which is a timed test which you later review your answers and reasoning with a NM executive, group projects, and a drug test" Less

Hello- I have been reading about "in basket" tests...what is this? Thanks!

Aramco Americas

Do you have children, are you married do you have a boyfriend???

3 Answers


I am married.


Restaurant Depot

What would determine constant pick up of restaurant food supplies?

3 Answers

A major storm.

The menu

Really had no answer in general.

Suhani Pittie
Buyer was asked...20 March 2019

How many times can you work under pressure

3 Answers

Luckily NIFT taught me to work under pressure most of the time, and when result comes out positive working under pressure or inner pressure really doesn't matter. Less


Depends on work

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