Collection of Project Manager Interview Questions

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Collection of Project Manager Interview Questions.

We are presenting some questions that are frequently asked in project manager interviews. 

1. Project Manager Project skills Interview Questions

  • Explain in brief how would you proceed on to start a project?
  • Describe the most vital and necessary steps for successful project management?
  • Explain in brief how do you go about planning for a project?
  • Explain a situation when there was a major implementation of a successful project in which you participated actively and how you contributed to its success.
  • Consider a scenario. You are designated as a project manager and the team members have already been identified and selected. How will you increase the effectiveness of your project team members, Briefly list out the hat steps that you will you take?
  • Explain the terms used in project management - Milestones, Inter dependencies and Resource allocation?
  • What is the significance of Project Software that a company uses for project management?
  • You are assigned to a specific software project, what steps do you take for its successful completion?
  • During the first month of the project, you realize that it will exceed the projected budget of three months allotted for it. What are the steps you will you take to address the potential cost overrun?
  • How important are technical skills as far as project manager is concerned , since more and more business managers are hiring manager with “people” skills?
  • Can you describe us how many projects you handled in the past, the tight deadlines, the budget? Whats are the obstacles you face and how did you overcome?
  • What do you mean by EVM? Explain how will you use it effectively in managing projects?
  • What is the difference between a project and a program?
  • Explain what are project selection methods with an example?
  • Which are the document you would refer for future decisions?
  • Define scope of a project?
  • What do you mean by a project charter? What are the elements in a project charter?
  • Describe about a time in your project when you had very little of say in project management?
  • What are the five signs or early symptoms that indicate your project may fail.
  • What distinguishes a project from the daily routine operations?
  • Explain what is the output of scope definition process?
  • Explain quality management in detail?
  • What are the learning you would like to carry from your last project?
  • Describe about a time in your project in which you participated and your role proved vital in that project.
  • Tell us about a situation when you were in a difficult project environment and you have to put some extra effort to get the job done on time and on budget.
  • What are the actions that are required for successful executive sponsorship of a successful project?
  • Describe the three main constraints on a project?
  • Name and elaborate five control components of a project?
  • What is the tool that you would use to define, manage and control projects?
  • Explain the importance of risk management and risk response?
  • What are the metrics that you would use to determine the on-going success of the project?
  • Describe the methods you have used for project estimation?
  • What do you think is required to be an effective project manager?
  • Explain about “project milestone”?
  • What are the important things to consider when planning for a project?
  • How do you priorities things that you have found to be low priority when planning for your project?
  • Consider a scenario, you are appointed the project manager for a team comprising of new employees, freshers and “entry-level” What are the steps you would take to ensure that the project is completed well within deadline?
  • What are the methods you used for project estimation?
  • What do you mean by a “project float”?

2. Project Manager Leadership Interview Questions

  • Can you describe us a situation where there was more than one way to accomplish a given task, but there was strong opposition from some people higher in the management.
  • Describe briefly about your career goals? How do you see this job affecting your goals in the long term?
  • Describe us with an example of a time when you motivate team members who are not very much interested in the project or bored doing their part?
  • Describe about you leadership style while in a new situation. Let us consider that suddenly you are made to work in a diverse environment. What steps would you take to achieve results?
  • Describe about a time in your project where your leadership involvement played an important role in teamwork.
  • What alternatives did you consider for handling non-productive members of your team?
  • Give us an example of where when you handled team members who come to you with their personal problems that affected work?

3. Project Manager Judgment Interview Questions

  • Tell me about your verbal and written communication ability. How well do you represent yourself to clients, team members and senior management? 
  • Describe how do you deal with stress, pressure arising out of unreasonable demands?
  • If your former employee is contacted, what would he say about your abilities related to decision-making?
  • Describe us with a specific example of a win-win situation you have negotiated successfully
  • Tell us a about a situation where you tried your best to come out of a stressful situation you have been in. Explain how you handled it?
  • Explain us about a situation when you had to make a tough decision?

4. Project Manager Experience Interview Questions

  • Describe what you did at your work place yesterday.
  • What are the new learning and strengths you acquired in your last position? 
  • What are your contributions in your last project. Can you describe how those contributions impacted results?

5. Project Manager Competency Interview Questions

  • Can you tell us about the special training that you have undergone which you think would be relevant to this job.
  • What are some of the things that you would not like to be included in your job?
  • Describe what you think it would be like to do this job every day.
  • What are the qualities you have which  makes you believe qualifies you for this position?

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