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Q1. Tell me about yourself and why you want to work in this role as our Scrum Master?

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“I want to work in the role of Scrum Master because the essential skills, qualities and attributes needed to perform successfully are the ones I possess. Over the years, the experiences I have gained have enabled me to be effective as a scrum master. I am extremely driven, supportive, adaptable and I hold excellent problem-solving capabilities that enable me to facilitate and lead a team towards its goals. I always develop and maintain excellent working relationships with the teams I am working with, I know what level of influence to exert on a team, and I also possess a relentless pursuit of continuous improvement and development with all teams I am the scrum master for. I understand, from your perspective, this is a difficult role to fill, but based on my past experiences, my passion for the role and my excellent interpersonal and communication skills, I feel strongly you will be impressed with my work ethics, integrity, values and, more importantly, the results I will produce as your scrum master.”

Q2. Why should we hire you as our Scrum Master?

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“I believe you should hire me because I have the past experiences and qualities to deliver consistent results for you. As the scrum master, I will help the team reach agreement on all tasks, projects and deadlines, conduct productive and progressive daily scrum meetings, and also keep everyone focused on what we have all agreed during our meetings. I will also ensure I effectively remove any obstacles and barriers the team faces along the way. I am someone who always acts with honesty and integrity, and you have my word that I will work extremely hard to deliver the results I am responsible and accountable for as the scrum master.”

Q3. In your opinion, what is a successful Scrum Master?
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Q4. Tell us about an issue you had with a stakeholder and what you did to resolve it?
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Q5. Tell me how you would facilitate a daily scrum meeting?
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Q6. How would you deal with discord or conflict in the team?
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Q7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
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Q8. What skills and attributes do you possess that will help you in the role of scrum master?
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Q9. Describe a time when you experienced conflict as part of a task or project and how you dealt with it?
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Q10. Tell me what you understand about the ‘project lifecycle’?
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Q11. Have you ever been a part of a project where the client was dissatisfied?
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Q12. How would you approach a project that had a limited budget and limited members of staff at your disposal?
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Q13. You are in a meeting presenting your plan of action to important clients and stakeholders. One of the meeting members says she doesn’t understand a part of your presentation because it’s too technical. What would you do?
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Q14. Why do you want to leave your current employment?
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Q15. What’s your style of communication as a Scrum Master?
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Q16. As our Scrum Master, how would you motivate a team?
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Q17. You are the Scrum Master on a difficult project when it becomes clear a team member is underperforming. What would you do?
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Q18. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
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Q19. What are your salary expectations in the role of Scrum Master for our company?
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Q20. That’s the end of your scrum master interview. Do you have questions for the panel?
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Scrum Master Job Description, Qualities and Attributes


A scrum master is the person responsible for ensuring all team members stick to the agreed agile principles and processes that were outlined at the project commencement stage. They are also responsible for facilitating and motivating a team, helping them to overcome barriers and challenges and also for holding daily scrum meetings to continually help the team grow, develop and achieve the product creation objectives. The main responsibilities of a scrum master include:

  • Helping the team to be effective and to make continued progress;
  • Facilitating and implementing the SCRUM framework;
  • Helping to create and maintain a positive working relationship with the product owner and other external stakeholders and interested parties;
  • Ensuring external distractions and objections are kept to an absolute minimum;
  • Holding daily scrum meetings to ensure continued focus and progress.

The role of a scrum master requires a unique set of skills and experiences in order to meet the objectives of the role and these will be assessed and tested vigorously during the interview.

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TIP #1 – A scrum master plays a vital role in organizing a team to ensure there is a clear vision for ensuring a product project is delivered. On that basis, it is really important that you understand the exact needs of the employer who is looking to hire you as their scrum master. Be prepared for questions such as: why do you want to be a scrum master? What can you bring to the role? What are the important qualities of a scrum master? And also, what can you bring to the role? You can only answer these questions correctly if you understand the needs of the employer or hiring manager.

TIP #2 – It is also very important you are prepared to explain how you would ensure the team you are responsible for follows the agile processes and practices that were agreed at the start of the project. If you have any prior experience in this area, it will beneficial during your scrum master interview.

TIP #3 – We recommend you study all of the interview questions on this page and prepare in-depth answers to each and every one of them. To assist you in your preparation, we have created strong, high-scoring answers that you can download directly on this page.

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