During an interview for supply chain jobs, knowing the right questions and answers is important for the employer and the candidate. Whether you have an upcoming interview for a supply chain position or are facilitating the interview yourself, asking and discussing the right questions helps determine whether the candidate is the right fit for the position.
These types of questions usually start the interview out. Even though the employer has this basic information from the candidate’s resume, it’s a good way to develop a rapport between the interviewer and the interviewee.
As the employer, you can ask questions about the relevant experience from past jobs and education. It also gives you a chance to learn more about gaps in employment, why the candidate is seeking new employment and other similar information.
If you’re the interviewee, be sure to give more than what’s on your resume and cover letter. These questions give you a chance to go into more detail and talk about other things that you left off of your resume and cover letter.
After those basic questions are asked, the interview typically goes into technical knowledge. Asking about specific methodology, terminology and other industry knowledge lets the employer know that the candidate has the technical knowledge to get the job done. Questions about what certain terms mean, how much different materials cost and other similar questions that are relevant to the specific job are to be expected.
The next most common supply chain interview questions are ones that test how the candidate would act in different scenarios. These are great questions to ask because they help show how well the candidate can think on their feet.
There are two types of scenario questions: ones that are completely hypothetical and ones about how candidates actually handled similar situations. Asking how a candidate handled working with a difficult colleague and how they got through a difficult situation are ways to see how the candidate got through a real-life issue.
It’s also helpful to ask questions about how the candidate thinks they would react to a situation they have not encountered before. Questions about emergencies or other scenarios specific to the position are important to ask too.
Once the employer has asked all of their questions, there should be an opportunity for the interviewee to ask their interviewer some questions of their own.
The candidate will want to figure out whether the job is the right fit for them, too, during the interview. As the interviewer, you should be ready to answer questions about the company itself, about the company’s culture and even questions about salary and benefits.
During an interview for a supply chain position, asking the right questions and giving the right answers helps determine if a candidate is the right fit for the position. If you find, as the employer, that you cannot find the right candidate, you may need extra help.
Contact us at Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters to start the process of finding top talent for any open supply chain positions in your company.