Agent - Purchasing

Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment (Test)

A Short Version of this test is available.   What's the Difference?

Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Agent - Purchasing (Short)

Agent - Purchasing

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semifinished materials for manufacturing. May negotiate contracts.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Prepare purchase orders, solicit bid proposals, and review requisitions for goods and services.
  • Monitor and follow applicable laws and regulations.
  • Negotiate, renegotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers, vendors, and other representatives.
  • Purchase the highest quality merchandise at the lowest possible price and in correct amounts.
  • Getting Information - locate sources of supply for purchasing
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - confer with sales or purchasing personnel
  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.
  • Interacting With Computers - use computers to enter, access or retrieve data

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Agent - Purchasing Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Agent - Purchasing test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking and Attention to Detail
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:13-1023.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level Business Finance
O*Net Context:Business and Financial Operations
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2020)
Bottom 10%:
$39,810 or less
Bottom 25%:
$50,840 or less
$66,690 (Average)
Top 25%:
$88,600 or more
Top 10%:
$112,170 or more

US Employment Statistics
2030 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:39,500

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • English Language
  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Law and Government
  • Production and Processing
  • Clerical
Top Skills
  • Negotiation
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Management of Financial Resources
Top Abilities
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Written Expression
  • Speech Clarity
  • Speech Recognition
  • Information Ordering
  • Inductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:
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Related Work Experience Requirements
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
More than 10 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Buyer, Contract Administrator, Contract Analyst, Contract Specialist, Contractor Buyer, Contracts Administrator, Contracts Analyst, Contracts Specialist, Equipment, Supplies, and Tools Purchasing Agent, Food Broker, Fuel Agent, Fuel Buyer, General Purchasing Agent, Log Buyer, Lumber Buyer, Media Buyer, Ore Buyer, Outside Property Agent, Plant Buyer, Price Analyst, Print Buyer, Procurement Agent, Procurement Analyst, Procurement Engineer, Procurement Official, Procurement Specialist, Pulpwood Buyer, Pulpwood Contractor, Purchaser, Purchasing Administrator, Purchasing Agent, Purchasing Coordinator, Purchasing Specialist, Radio Time Buyer, Railroad Purchasing Agent, Sourcing Specialist, Subcontract Administrator, Subcontracts Administrator, Timber Buyer, Tools, Supplies, and Equipment Purchasing Agent

Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Purchasing Managers, Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Logistics Analysts, Logisticians, Cost Estimators, Management Analysts, First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers, Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators, Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists, Regulatory Affairs Managers, Regulatory Affairs Specialists, Budget Analysts, Customs Brokers

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Activities performed during the Test
  • Complete cost-analysis of in-house and out-sourced work.
  • Analyze feedback and recommend steps to increase employee participation.
  • Determine whether to lease or buy equipment.
  • Review incentive financing.
  • Make a purchasing recommendation.

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