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Q1. Tell me about yourself.

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“Thank you for inviting me to be interviewed for this Project Manager position today. I am a driven, enthusiastic, professional, and competent Project Manager who enjoys working in challenging environments where the ability to follow strict project guidelines and work to exacting standards is the norm. Over the years, I have gained considerable experience in managing various time-sensitive projects and I am used to having the responsibility for coordinating and managing large teams of people. I have an in-depth understanding of the project management life cycle, and the communication and relationship-building skills I possess always ensure all projects I am responsible for are completed on time and to a very high standard. Whilst I appreciate you are interviewing lots of candidates for this Project Manager position today, I believe the skills, qualities, and experience I have gained, coupled with my strong level of commercial awareness, make me the ideal candidate for your organization.”

Q2. Why do you want to be a Project Manager?

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“I want to be a Project Manager because I want the responsibility that comes with this type of position. As a Project Manager, there is always something new to learn and I would relish the opportunity to work in an environment where I would be under constant pressure to complete difficult projects and meet challenging targets. I genuinely thrive when I have a tight deadline to work towards. Another reason why I want to be a Project Manager is the fact that I like to be in control. If I am the person responsible for making things happen then I am happy in my work. I also want to be a Project Manager because I enjoy the sense of achievement that comes with the position and the variety that the role provides. ”

Q3. Why do you want to work for us as a Project Manager?
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Q4. What are the five stages of the project life cycle?
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Q5. What are the most important skills and qualities of a Project Manager?
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Q6. What’s the most challenging project you have worked on, and why was it difficult?
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Q7. How would you begin a newly assigned project?
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Q8. How would you monitor the performance of your staff?
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Q9. Describe a time when you were involved in a project that failed.
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Q10. Who was the last person you had to speak to regarding underperformance?
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Q11. Describe your style of communication during the management of a project.
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Q12. How would you motivate a team during a project?
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Q13. How would you delegate responsibility during a very important project with tight deadlines?
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Q14. How would you ensure a project is delivered on time and budget?
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Q15. What is your strategy for working with an underperforming team member?
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Q16. How would you manage a team of people during a project?
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Q17. What is the most important element required to make a project work?
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Q18. What do you consider to be the most difficult aspect of project management?
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Q19. As a Project Manager, it is better to be feared or loved?
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Q20. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
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Q21. That’s the end of your Project Manager interview, do you have any questions for us?
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Project Manager Job Description, Qualities And Attributes


In order to become a competent, efficient and effective project manager, you will require, in addition to others, the following skills and attributes:

  • An ability to hire, recruit and select team members based on prior performance – your project will only be as good as the team members at your disposal;
  • Be able to inspire, encourage and motivate each member of your team to ensure the project life cycle is followed at all times;
  • Conduct appraisals, monitor the performance of staff and provide training where appropriate to get the most out of your team members;
  • Communicate and liaise with key project stakeholders and clients to ensure the different elements of the project are delivered on time and to specification;
  • Manage the expectations of the client you are working for as project manager, keep them up-to-date on the progress of the project and also integrate any changes to the specification if appropriate;
  • Set up, implement and manage the project management life-cycle to ensure it meets the needs of the project in respect of time, resources, testing and implementation.

In addition to the above set of skills, as a project manager you will also be required to demonstrate effective procurement and purchasing skills to be certain the project remains within budget and to specification.

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TIP #1 – Project manager’s need to utilize a diverse set of skills, qualities and attributes if they are to be successful at interview. These include being able to demonstrate an ability to manage people, time and resources, motivate staff and tackle underperformance, ensure all projects are delivered on time and to budget, communicate effectively with numerous members of the project team and stakeholders and also be able to manage multiple-tasks all at once.

TIP #2 – Prior to the project manager interview, ensure you have a thorough understanding of the project life-cycle. Whilst it is not essential to stick rigidly to the ‘formal’ project management life-cycle, it is advisable to talk about a cycle that the interview panel will be familiar with. Of course, if you have an innovative and unique way of managing projects successfully, it would be a great thing to discuss at the interview.

TIP #3 – Remain calm under extreme pressure and be able to build long-term relationships with team members, suppliers and external stakeholders are both key qualities required of a competent project manager. During the project manager interview, talk about the skills and attributes you already have that will benefit you when managing multiple projects for your prospective employer or organization.

TIP #4 – Project management procurement is another vital part of the project management process, and one that may be discussed during the interview. Ensure you have your own response ready that demonstrates you have a proven track record for delivering each project on time, on budget and to specification.

TIP #5 – You will undoubtedly be asked numerous behavioural, situational and hypothetical interview questions during the project manager interview. When responding to questions of this nature, we recommend you use the STAR interview method which will ensure your answers are solid, specific and structured in a way that will gain you maximum marks. Within the Project Manager Interview guide, which you can access within 2 minutes flat, we have provided you with ready-made answers to behavioural-type questions.

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  1. Niki

    PROJECT MANAGER INTERVIEW

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  3. Chikondi

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