Why Supply Chain Professionals Are Good / Not So Good

Why Supply Chain Professionals Are Good / Not So Good

November 30, 2016 Interviewing

I’ve noticed 10 underlying assumptions (through my work with candidates looking at Johnson & Johnson, Estee Lauder, Nike i.e. consumer-focused companies) that interviewers make about supply chain job candidates.

When you’ve spent a majority of your career in a supply chain role, the good assumptions are:

• You can create win-win partnerships.

• You know how to incrementally unlock value from your supply chain partners.

• You are a strong negotiator.

• You can forecast anticipated business needs with precision.

• You know how to reduce costs.

Alternatively, the not so good assumptions are:

• You are boring.

• You are “just a logistics” guy/gal.

• You might play favorites when it comes to selecting vendors.

• You have weak communication skills.

• You are cheap and will reduce costs at all cost.

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Ask them if they ever lost a job offer because they missed the opportunity to proactively address any of these assumptions.

Stay tuned, next week I’ll share the assumptions that technical (i.e. engineers, data scientists, etc.) professionals should proactively address throughout their job hunts.

In the meantime,  schedule time with me to transform your interview approach.


CEO / Founder of Career Outcomes Matter

About the author

Melissa Llarena: is the CEO and career coach behind Career Outcomes Matter. Her craft is coaching top executives on how to dissect and deliver the perfect job interview. Her client base includes US-based as well as international business leaders with 15-plus years of experience who are undeniably really good at what they do yet simply want a strategic partner who can quickly fully understand their tangible and intangible contributions to effectively scale up their interviewing skills for the toughest interviews. Click to gain instant access to her 20-page interview preparation kit to gain an edge then schedule a phone call to see how she’d leverage her most powerful insights based on your unique situation -- all in time for your next interview.