Project Manager Interview Questions : Part 5

Project Manager Interview Questions, Tough Project Manager Interview Questions 
  • How would you go about organizing a project that had enterprise wide implications?
  • What is your approach to managing projects and how does it vary based on the size and complexity or the project?
  • Who should lead projects?
  • Who should be accountable for the project's outcome?
  • What was the budget for the largest project you have managed?
  • What is the project management structure in your project? Is a PL assigned to the project?
  • How do you know that a particular individual is the project leader (or) how do you know that you are the Project Leader?
  • What and where are the policy statements for software project planning?
  • Explain the various activities you do (as a PL) when the project is started up.
  • How do you know what you need to deliver or do in your project?
  • How do you create the Software Project Management Plan (SPMP)?
  • What training have you undergone in project planning?
  • How do you ensure that your project plan is available for others to see? Where will you find the plans of other projects executed (in the past or currently) in the center?
  • How did you choose the appropriate lifecycle for your project?
  • What are the documents that you will refer to create the plan?
  • How do you estimate the effort for your project? Where is the estimation procedure documented?
  • What procedures do you follow to arrive at the project schedule?
  • Where and how are the risks associated with your project identified and documented?
  • When you come in to the office, how do you know what you have to do during the day?
  • How do you report the status of your project?
  • How are team members kept informed about the current status of the project?
  • How do the audits cover planning activities?
  • How does the senior management review your project's progress?
  • How do you track the technical activities in your project? How is the status of the project communicated to the team?
  • How do you track the size or changes to size of the work products in your project?
  • When do revise your project plan? When do you know you have to revise your project plan? Where is the plan revision frequency documented?
  • How do you ensure that you and all the other team members in your project have the required technical skills to execute the project?
  • How do you assign tasks to your team members?
  • What is the document that should be consulted to know about your project, the activities you do, your schedules and milestones?
  • How do you handle disruptive team members?
  • How do you handle non-productive team members?
  • How do you motivate team members who are burned out or bored?
  • How do you motivate people?
  • How do you handle team members who come to you with their personal problems?
  • How do you start a project?
  • If you are teaching the ropes to a new Project Manager, what would you say are the most important things he needs to look for?
  • What would be the key artifacts needed in a project?
  • How do you manage change?
  • How do you manage conflict in the project team?
  • How do you deal with a difficult team member?
  • What qualifications are required to be an effective project manager?
  • What is the difference between a project plan and a project schedule?
  • What do you include in a project schedule?
  • How do you track a project?
  • How do you track risks? Tell me about the risks that your last project had.
  • What is the difference between a risk and an issue?
  • How do you define quality in project management?
  • What would you say if a team member asks why project management is needed? Why do we have to do all  documentation ahead of the real work?
  • What have you learned in obtaining your PMP that you are using in real-life projects?
  • What do you do if a team member presents a work product that you know for a fact is flawed or incomplete, but the team member insists it is completed and sound?
  • What would you do if a manager whose resources you are using keeps saying that all the documentation required by the project is getting in the way of actual progress?
  • What was your role in your last project?
  • What was the most interesting role you played in a project?
  • What do you do when a team member does not complete his/her assignment and has gone to another project?
  • Have you used Microsoft Project? How do you like it?
  • How do you verify that the requirements identified for a project are actually included in the final delivery to the users?
  • How do you verify that the requirements are correct and that they reflect what the users want?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses in the Project Management areas of knowledge?
  • What are the risks you had in your last project?
  • What are the main objects of a project manager?
  • How do you perform Function Point Analysis?
  • What are project management tools? Mention some of them?
  • What are the main attributes to be possessed by a project manager?
  • How must the project manager react under pressured projects?
  • In what percentage or ratio must a project manager possess technical and managerial skills?
  • How often is learning process important for a project manager and why?
  • Explain the managerial features that must be possessed by project manager?
  • Mention some of the steps to be taken by project manager to reduce stress in the project and among.
  • What are the induction processes a project manager must plan for team members?

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