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List of purchasing interview questions
1. How to control purchasing price?
2. Tel me what are steps of purchasing process?
3. What are the characteristics of an effective RFP?
4. What impact might electronic commerce have on the purchasing process?
5. How would you integrate electronic commerce with our supply chain management?
6. Tell us about the tools that can be used to increase minority and women-owned business participation in our company’s purchasing activities?
7. What are ways that materials may be purchased?
8. What items of information are required in order to process a purchase requisition?
9. What are the pros and cons of a centralized purchasing function?
10. Tell us about your experience in developing RFQ’s (Request for Qualifications)?
11. What are the benefits of using credit cards for small purchases?
12. Define “supply chain”?
13. Tell us about your experience in managing the supply chain?
14. Under what criteria is a formal bid required?
15. Have you worked with developing bid specifications?
16. Tell us about your experience in developing RFP’s (Request for Proposal)
17. Tell us about your experience in developing RFI’s (Request for Information)
Project Interview Questions
1. Project skills interview questions
• Tell us about a successful project in which you participated and how you contributed to the success of that project.
• You are given the assignment of project manager and the team members have already been identified. To increase the effectiveness of your project team, what steps will you take?
• Do you understand milestones, interdependencies? Resource allocation?
• Do you know what Project Software the new company uses and is there training for it?
• What is EVM? how will you use it in managing projects?
• What is a project? and what is program?
• What are project selection methods?
• When you are assigned a project, what steps do you take to complete the project?
• As you begin your assignment as a project manager, you quickly realize that the corporate sponsor for the project no longer supports the project. What will you do?
• Your three month project is about to exceed the projected budget after the first month. What steps will you take to address the potential cost overrun?
• Companies have historically looked at technical skills, but more and more business managers are realizing that not have “people” skills tend to cripple projects.
• How many projects you handled in the past? Deadlines met? On time/ within budget? Obstacles you had to overcome?
• Which document will you refer for future decisions?
• How will you define scope?
• Do you inspect or plan for quality ?
• What is the output of scope definition process?
• What is quality management?
• What did you like about the project and dislike about the project?
• What did you learn from the project?
• What are two common but major obstacles for a project like this? What would you do in the face of these obstacles to keep your team on schedule?
• What is project charter? What are the elements in a project charter?
• What experience have you had in project management?
• Name five signs that indicate your project may fail.
• Tell us about a project in which you participated and your role in that project.
• Describe what you did in a difficult project environment to get the job done on time and on budget.
• What actions are required for successful executive sponsorship of a project?
• How did you get your last project?
• What were your specific responsibilities?
• In this field (the field you are interviewing for), what are three critically important things you must do well as a project manager in order for the project to succeed?
• What metrics would you expect to use to determine the on-going success of your project?
• What distinguishes a project from routine operations?
• What are the three constraints on a project?
• What are the five control components of a project?
• What qualifications are required to be an effective project manager?
• Your project is beginning to exceed budget and to fall behind schedule due to almost daily user change orders and increasing conflicts in user requirements. How will you address the user issues?
• You’ve encountered a delay on an early phase of your project. What actions can you take to counter the delay? Which actions will have the most effect on the result?
• What are the necessary steps to successful project management?
• How do you plan for a project?
• What is important to consider when planning a (your type of project)?
• What are things that you have found to be low priority when planning for (your type of project)?
• You have been assigned as the project manager for a team comprised of new employees just out of college and “entry-level” consulting staff. What steps can you take to insure that the project is completed against a very tight time deadline?
• What is a “project milestone”?
• What is “project float”?
• What methods have you used for estimation?
• How would you start a project?
• If you were to deliver a project to a customer, and timely delivery depended upon a sub-supplier, how would you manage the supplier? What contractual agreements would you put in place?
• Which tool would you use to define, manage and control projects?
• What is risk management and how will you plan risk response?
• What are outputs of project closure?
• What are the methods used for project estimation?
2. Leadership interview questions
• Tell me how you would react to a situation where there was more than one way to accomplish the same task, and there were very strong feelings by others on each position.
• Consider that you are in a diverse environment, out of your comfort zone. How would you rate your situational leadership style?
• Give me an example of your leadership involvement where teamwork played an important role.
• How do you handle non-productive team members?
• How do you motivate team members who are burned out, or bored?
• How do you handle team members who come to you with their personal problems?
• What are your career goals? How do you see this job affecting your goals?
• Explain how you operate interdepartmentally.
3. Judgment interview questions
• What would you do if you found out that a contractor was in a conflict of interest situation?
• If I were to contact your former employee, what would he say about your decision-making abilities?
• Give me an example of a win-win situation you have negotiated.
• Tell me about your verbal and written communication ability. How well do you represent yourself to others? What makes you think so?
• Give me an example of a stressful situation you have been in. How well did you handle it? If you had to do it over again, would you do it differently? How do you deal with stress, pressure, and unreasonable demands?
• Tell me about a tough decision you had to make?
4. Experience interview questions
• Describe what you did at your work place yesterday.
• How would you solve the following technical problem? (Describe a typical scenario that could occur in the new position.)
• What strengths did you bring to your last position?
• Describe how those contributions impacted results?
5. Competency interview questions
• Tell me about special projects or training you have had that would be relevant to this job.
• What are some things that you would not like your job to include?
• What are your current work plans? Why are you thinking about leaving your present job?
• Describe an ideal job for you.
• Why are you interested in this position?
• Describe what you think it would be like to do this job every day.
• What do you believe qualifies you for this position?
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Chief Executive Officer Interview Questions
1. General Questions
• What attracted you to this position?
• Tell us about your experience with elder care and home based care.
• What is your vision for [cooperative name] and for the Executive Director position?
2. Strategic management
• How do you lead organizations?
• How to create HR strategies for company with weak finance?
3. Management skills
• How do you set priorities?
• How do you create a team spirit where everyone feels engaged?
• How do you motivate large employee bases?
• How do you put in place processes to get things done?
• How to create strategies for leading company?
• How to create core competencies?
• How do you pay attention to your core constituencies?
• How do you paint a direction?
4. Marketing and Public Relations
• Marketing and public relations are a vital component to the future of this new business. Describe to us your previous marketing and public relations experience.
• How would you market our services to the community and to potential
5. Management and Supervisory Experience
• [cooperative name] is a worker owned co-op in which the care providers
actually co-own the business. Therefore, the management role is slightly
more complex than in a traditional stockholder or privately owned
company. Given this situation, how would you work with the care
• [cooperative name] plans to hire three additional administrative staff
(services coordinator, RN supervisor, and office administrator). How
would you go about selecting the staff? How would you manage the
• The CEO answers directly to the president of the [cooperative name] Board of Directors. What do you perceive as the role for the board and your relationship with them? What has been your experience working with boards?
• In the home care and personal care industry, care providers often have limited contact with fellow members or with staff. What steps would you take to help workers feel connected, to keep care providers informed, and to encourage a sense of ownership.
• There is talk among care providers that one of the members may be taking extra long breaks at client’s homes and doesn’t seem to do a very thorough job. The rumor in the community is that [cooperative name] workers are lazy. How would you as CEO handle the situation?
6. Budgeting and Finance
• The CEO will oversee a budget of $[dollar amount]. Please tell us about your budget and financial management background.
• One third of [cooperative name] members presently do not
have any health care insurance. Health insurance for full time workers is
an important reason why care providers formed the co-op. What would
you do if the cost of health insurance rose astronomically (more than the
[number]% annually allotted in the business plan)?
• [cooperative name] needs to attract at least $[dollar amount] in private sales to break even in the first year of operations. What would you do if the co-op is not able to meet projected private pay client sales?
Accounting Interview Questions
I/ General accountant interview questions
1. Tell me about your self?
2. If we were to call your current supervisor, in which area of accounting would he or she say is your strongest? Which area would he or she say is your weakest?
3. What unique skills or knowledge can you contribute to our company?
4. What additional training or experience will we need to provide you with in order to perform the duties of this position?
5. Tell us about any accounting process that you’ve either developed or revised. How would you evaluate the effectiveness of your work?
6. Why have you chosen a career in Accounting?
7. What aspect of accounting do you dislike the most?
8. Tell me about your experience in reconciliation?
9. When do you plan on attaining your CPA? What steps will you take to prepare yourself?
10. Give us an example of how you have used your creativity to solve a problem on the job?
11. What is difference between cost accounting and financial accounting?
12. What is the difference between accounts and finance?
Brand manager interview questions include:
1. Describe a time when you went above and beyond for a customer.
2. What would you do to maximize the brand image in this region?
3. A new competitor is entering the market, how do you protect your market share?
4. Walk me through your CV.
5. Explain how you have succeeded in marketing projects.
6. Tell me about a brand that does not compete in your current category that is not doing performing well and why?
7. Walk me through your resume – tell me why you’re qualified.
8. Say an example you have lead a team successfully to accomplish a task
9. Why should we hire you as opposed to someone else?
10. What is Function of Marketing/Corporate Affairs Officer and manager
11. In trying to market a product, how do you differentiate one brand of product to another.
12. how do you compute the price of your product?
13. I need to know about marketing communication.