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Project Management / Manager Interview Questions

  1. 1. Project Manager Position
  2. 2. *Know what you are up against *Read about the company you’re applying at *Revise general project management concepts *Be prepared for tough questions *Sleep well the night before *Eat a light snack before going to the interview
  3. 3. * *Inter-personal questions (many) *Background questions (few) *Experience question (few) *Technical questions (many)
  4. 4. * *Tell us about yourself. * Be careful when answering this question. Don’t talk about personal life (age, marital status, beliefs, kids… etc). * Focus on the position and mention everything that could relate to it. * Talk briefly about your education, past experience and challenges you overcame.
  5. 5. * *Why did you leave your last position? * Honesty is the key, don’t lie under any circumstances. * If you were fired, tell them why. * If you quit for no solid reason, a good answer is always “I’m looking for a challenging position” and explain why you are doing so. * Do not bash your previous companies/managers.
  6. 6. * *Why did you choose this company? * Tell them exactly why and talk about key points from your reading about the organization.
  7. 7. * *Which skills/characteristics make you fit for a project manager? * Time to sell yourself, tell them why you’re the best fit for the position. * If you have any training or certification, mention it now. * Common PM characteristics/skills are (communication, problem- solving, being alert to changes, time management, organizational skills… etc)
  8. 8. * *Tell me about a problem/issue you have solved in the past? * Forget you math & personal problems, talk about an issue you faced while working and how you resolved it. * Do not overstate the problem. * Mention the outcome of your resolution and the parties involved with it (who is affected).
  9. 9. * *How do you resolve a conflict between you and another employee, manager, consumer, supplier... Etc? * Be cautious when answering conflict questions. It’s different than problem-solving questions, so don’t repeat the same info. * This question focuses on your ability to communicate & solve conflicts simultaneously. * Avoid saying “I never encountered any conflicts”, it’s the same as I have no answer. * If you truly never faced a conflict at work, which is very rare. Explain how you would resolve a conflict if it ever occurs.
  10. 10. * *What are the life stages of a project? * Initiation, planning, execution, controlling and closing. * OR initiation, planning, execution and closing.
  11. 11. * *During which stage would you design and implement an RMP (risk management plan)? * During the planning stage.
  12. 12. * *Define the critical path in a project. * The Longest path of activities in a project, which must have the minimum amount of slack and be completed on time for the project to complete on due date. * You can also elaborate by saying “If a task is delayed in the critical path, the entire project will be delayed. However, if the activity following the delayed activity is completed earlier.”
  13. 13. * *How do you calculate cost variance? * By subtracting the earn value from the actual cost of work. (CV = AC – EV)
  14. 14. * *What is a slack/float in a project? * The time where a task that can be delayed without delaying sequenced tasks or becoming critical.
  15. 15. * *What is a Gantt Chart? * Gantt chart a graphic presentation of a project’s activities used in project management software (MS project/Primavera)
  16. 16. * *What is the most challenging part in project management? * This question focuses on previous project management experience, so there is no direct answer here. * Most professional PMs find change management to be most challenging. * Other challenging topics include (scope inconsistency, communication, risk management… etc)
  17. 17. * *Be assertive. *Do not exaggerate your answers. *Do not pretend to know more than you actually do. *Do not talk about personal issues, unless directly asked about it. *Eye contact and body language are important, practice makes perfect. *Ask questions about the nature, duties and responsibilities of the job.
  18. 18. * *Project management is truly one of the most exciting fields out there. *You will learn a lot, in many different fields. *You will interact with many people and be on your feet all day. *Remember that a successful project is not a solely achievement. It is a shared victory between all stakeholders and those whom were involved.

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