Do you know why some people look forward to giving interviews? Because they have nothing to fear.
If you prepare well, you automatically relax at the time of the interview, giving you an edge over others who may have failed to do the same.
The keyword here is “preparation”. The more you prepare, the better your chances of acing the interview.
For an inventory manager’s interview, here is a set of questions and answers that may be useful for you.
What makes you feel that you are the best candidate for inventory manager position?
Apart from the fact that I have worked as an inventory manager for over 10 years, I am a well-organized and responsible individual – two things that are imperative if you want to work as an inventory manager. Furthermore, I have the capacity to forecast future supplies and equipment needs by analyzing available data, and ensure that these needs are met in a timely manner.
As an inventory manager, what had been your duties in your previous roles?
While working as an inventory manager, I have been largely responsible for devising new and efficient ways of optimizing inventory control procedures, along with ensuring that stock levels are at par with departmental demands. Additionally, I have been involved in handling procurement duties, creating and maintaining liaison with suppliers and vendors, hiring and training inventory management clerks and other staff members, and collaborating with warehouse employees to ensure that all business goals are properly met.
If you were asked to analyze an existing inventory system, what would be the first thing that you would do? Why?
Checking the efficiency of an existing inventory system will be the first thing that I will do. This is because an efficient inventory system can make sure that problems are kept at bay, and that any issues with supply and demand do not arise.
Has the inefficiency of an inventory system ever hampered your work?
Yes. I had recently joined an organization who had an old and inefficient inventory system but they weren’t ready to replace it. The problem arose when stock levels would go down but there would be no intimation, making it impossible to fill orders on time.
How did you handle or resolve a problem?
Initially, I try to make the existing system as efficient as possible. If it not not works very well, I have no choice but to obtain approval for devising and implementing a new, more efficient one.
How important do you think interpersonal and communication skills are in this work?
Both communication and interpersonal skills are of great importance when you are working as an inventory manager. This is because one has to be in constant contact with people such as department heads, procurement officers and managers, and suppliers. Anyone lacking in this area might not be too good at what he or she does!