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American Airlines
Commodity Manager was asked...19 October 2011

You have a sole sourcing supplier that does repairs for you, how would you negotiate the contract.

2 Answers

I would include Air miles as apart of the contract if the company allows.

Make sure that the supplier offer more service than expected with greater warranty periods and better customer support. Less

American Airlines

How would you source office chairs.

2 Answers

I would have them arranged according to the size of the employees.

Do a total cost of ownership analysis to see if the new chairs will last long enough to warrant purchasing. Choose supplier that are willing to offer longer warranty. Less

Cisco Systems

why are man hole covers round

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man hole covers are extremely heavy so by making it round they can easily roll it to the curb Less

I posted the question .. it must have been a year ago. Two responses and 2 correct answers. that's great! but I was asked for 3 answers... I should post the other questions too... Come on guys you can get it! Less

so they wont fall in the hole

BAE Systems USA

Explain in detail how I would work with a supplier to work a component failure that caused financial issues.

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1) make sure the component failure was due to the component supplier with the help of engineering and the reliability team, 2) examine the contract language to see where liability is addressed and 3) work out an agreement to settle with the supplier. Less

Intel Corporation

Communications and leadership go hand in hand. Give me an example of a time when your communication skills were powerful enough to enable you to influence the way others thought or acted, even in a very difficult situation.

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You should have concise answers already developed before waling into behavior interviews. You should have a response (results and actions taken) for communication, influence, critical thinking skills, working with difficult people, decision making process (types of data points used to make the decision), commitment to task, perceiving, stakeholder management, executing strategy, project management, timeliness, teambuilding, leadership...etc. Less


Tell me about a time when you compromised your ethics or values to fit in with a group.

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I don't compromise my ethics. I don't feel that is needed in an environment that is set up to foster creativity and is willing to move forward to achieve a common goal. If it becomes apparent that a compromise in ethics is needed then it is not a cohesive group that will succeed in the long run. Less

How do you even answer that.

Knauf Insulation North America

Everyone asked why I wanted to leave a large corporation for a family owned global corporation.

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I enjoy procurement very much, and at my previous role the ability to enjoy procurement had become diminished with significant processes in place with no clear owners or accomplishment of those processes. This new role looked to be an opportunity to buy something new and in a new way with more direct accountability. Less

US Army

What if any was your experience with in MRP, MRP II, and ERP systems

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All experience that I have had with MRP systems was theory during my studies. I have had no experience with these systems when applied to real world systems. Less


Why should I hire you over someone else ?

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I have 39 years of sourcing experience with in-depth management of metalforming, plastics, and electronics commodities, and I hold 8 professional certifications. I am also a decorated US Marine Corps combat veteran. Less

Milgard Manufacturing

Why Milgard?

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I was wanting to move back to the Seattle area. Milgard is a quality company with a quality product that is poised to make an expansion in the market. It seemed like a great opportunity. Less

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