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Jack Link's Beef Jerky
Director of Procurement was asked...1 November 2014

Would you be willing to move to Minneapolis?

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Tough one, great city, don't know if we could stand the cold temps.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Basic questions; no curve balls; why are you looking to leave your existing job, etc...

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I replied looking for better opportunity

Maxor

If I had any experience with 340B purchasing?

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Limited, but yes. I did.

DuPont

Availability to travel, possibility to support/train users while working in procurement improvement processes projects (ERP implementations, upgrades and other improvement projects - Fiscal SPED, Blue Line).

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Answered that I was available to travel at any time and anywhere, and that I was opened to support users while taking the lead of the projects I would be assigned to. Less

Shiseido

Many questions were about assessing cultural fit and understanding my motivations to move

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My answers were honest and I tried to provide a realistic view of my style and work ethics Less

Honeywell

Tell us about a time when you had to deliver bad news to a superior.

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Human Resources will participate somewhere in the process, you need to cater to them even if they have no clue what your qualifications are. They are completely subjective, 'I didn't like how he said this...' sort of input. Less

Siemens

What do you know about our sourcing strategies and how would you improve them?

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Difficult to prepare for and I expresses this in the interview, as this type of strategy is not available in the public space unless the principals are blogging, etc. I expressed this and it seemed to be accepted, but I also was chastised for not having more information available. No response was given when I asked what source material that I should have found to prepare for this type of question. Less

Food+

Develop a presentation on what you would do as the Director -Panel was very focused on time and did not ask questions related to my work experiences

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Wrote a 15 minute PP presentation detailing actions & work scope

Los Angeles Water and Power

Why are you interested in this position if it is only guaranteed for a year?

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Could not answer as the job posting failed to mention that the position was only for a year. Headhunter did not mention it either. Even though it did not work out, it was still a positive experience and everyone at LAWP was very professional. Less

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