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Q1. What do you understand by the project life cycle?

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“The project lifecycle describes the individual phases of a specific project. These are the INITIATION phase, which is basically defining the reason for the project and its purpose. Then there’s the PLANNING phase of the cycle, which is where I define the team skills, establish the actions, and also set the timelines for completion. Next, we have the DEVELOPMENT stage, which is essentially putting the team together and also establishing the budget and resources necessary to complete the project. Then we move on to the IMPLEMENTATION and TESTING stage, which is taking the steps necessary to complete the project on time, to specification and to budget before delivering the final submission to the client for review. The CLOSURE phase of the cycle is the full and final delivery to the client and a review of the project by everyone involved to see what lessons can be learned for the next project.”

Q2. What do you consider to be the most difficult aspect of project management?

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“The most difficult aspect of project management, and at the same time the most rewarding, is dealing with clients who have unrealistic expectations. I’ve been in situations before whereby I have spent a considerable amount of time discussing the project with a client, and also making them fully aware of the timelines and specification, only for them to place undue pressure on the project with altering expectations. Having said that, I do believe I have become highly competent at managing client’s expectations, and I do this by effective communication and making the client fully aware at every stage of the process we are working to. In my experience, by keeping the client fully onboard, and communicating with them competently at every stage, this saves time and problems later on down the line. The truth is, the client is the person who brings revenue into the business and it is my responsibility as a project manager to manage their expectations and keep them focused on the initial project aim and mission.”

Q3. What are the most important skills of a Project Manager and why?
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Q4. Describe the most challenging project you have worked on and why?
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Q5. How would you begin a newly assigned project?
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Q6. How would you monitor the performance of your staff?
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Q7. Describe a time when you were involved in a project that failed?
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Q8. Who was the last person you had to speak to about regarding underperformance?
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Q9. Describe your communication style during the management of a project?
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Q10. How would you motivate a team during a project?
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Q11. How would you delegate responsibility during a very important project with tight deadlines?
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Q12. What is your strategy for working with an underperforming team member?
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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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