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the Purchasing Manager position. The underlined keywords link to interview questions for that keyword or job function.
Manager plans and directs the activities of a group of
employees whose primary function is to obtain
materials, supplies and equipment; may also direct activities involved in
obtaining services through contract and may arrange for sale of obsolete or
scrap materials; applies
sound management principles in building and maintaining an
effective work force.
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Tell us about yourself.
Focus on the aspects of your experience that apply to this position.
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What tools/techniques do you use in motivating employees?
Two of the steps that you can take are to establish expectations, get employees
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How would you go about establishing a strategic plan for the
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