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Q1. Why do you want to become a Senior Project Manager, and what can you bring to this role?

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“I want to become a Senior Project Manager for three specific reasons. The first reason is that I want to be the person who has full responsibility for delivering difficult projects and for also motivating my staff to be the best they can be. I am not someone who wants to sit in the background and just do an average job. I want to excel in life and feel that I am making a difference in my work. Secondly, I have lots of experience managing projects and people, and this role is a natural progression for me based on years of hard work and self-development. Thirdly, I believe I have the right interpersonal, negotiation and persuasion skills to get challenging projects complete, and to the necessary standards you expect. In terms of what I can bring to the role, I can bring years’ of expertise in varied situations, an ability to inspire, motivate and drive a team forward and also the guarantee that I will get projects finished to a very high standard whilst adhering to the project specifications and budget.”

Q2. Why have you chosen our company to be a Senior Project Manager?

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“The expectations of a Senior Project Manager can only be realized if you are working for an organization which has three things: high standards, a supportive approach to its staff, and also a constant desire to improve and develop within its industry. I have chosen your organization because you have all of those three important ingredients that will allow me to perform my role as a senior project Manager to the highest standards possible. Obviously, I have researched your company in detail before deciding to apply for this job and I was nothing but impressed with your values, your work ethics and the already-strong and dedicated team you have behind you. If I am successful, and I get to become your Senior Project Manager, I am confident I will excel in the role and meet your expectations.”

Q3. Tell me about a time when you managed a difficult contractor or stakeholder?
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Q4. Describe a time when you solved a complex project-related problem? What idea did you utilize and how did you make it effective?
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Q5. Tell me what you know about project risk
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Q6. Explain a project you were involved in where you had to engage demotivated or disinterested staff?
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Q7. Explain how you would deal with a client who has a project with pre-determined specifications which are not workable, but they refuse to agree to alter them?
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Q8. You are tasked with taking on a failing project part-way through the execution phase. How would you assess the project and implement the necessary changes to make it a success?
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Q9. Tell me about a time when you put yourself in the shoes of a client?
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Q10. Tell me about a time when you worked in an environment where there was resistance to change?
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Q11. How would you manage a project, from start to finish?
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Q12. What can you tell me about AGILE?
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Q13. What’s your biggest weakness?
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Q14. What are your salary expectations in the role of Senior Project Manager?
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Q15. That’s the end of your Senior Project Manager interview. Do you have any questions you would like to ask the panel?
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Senior Project Manager Job Description & Responsibilities


The Senior Project Manager is the main person responsible for leading teams of people, and projects, across a large organization. They are responsible for effectively managing and making good use of resources, finances, project team members and also ensuring project life cycle systems are utilized during the management stage of key projects. It is a role that requires a unique set of skills, attributes and interpersonal skills and you will be placed under constant pressure to achieve the objectives of the organization.

Main responsibilities of a Senior Project Manager:

  • Required to manage multiple, difficult and complex projects, organizationally-wide;
  • Demonstrate effective on-site and off-site leadership skills;
  • Meet project goals, timescales and specifications as determined during the planning stage of each project;
  • Utilize effective project management skills to lead and inspire team members, contractors and those people who have a vested interested in the project;
  • Work solely to achieve the objectives of the plan as determined by the client or the senior management team members of the organization you are employed by;
  • Use the project management AGILE process to manage and deliver multiple projects;
  • Make use of outstanding interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ensure effective procurement of resources to meet the needs of each project you are managing;
  • Use innovative thinking and a creative approach to solving difficult and challenging projects;
  • Create and deliver professional presentations to key organizational Directors and shareholders on the progress of each project.

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TIP #1 – In addition to having outstanding planning and execution abilities, you will also be required to demonstrate an ability manage a multitude of different projects concurrently. During the interview, provide detailed evidence of where you have already successfully delivered several projects all at once.

TIP #2 – In order to manage multiple projects quickly and successfully, it is important you have a working knowledge of AGILE. Be prepared for questions based around the 12 core aspects of AGILE. Even if you do not normally utilize AGILE during your work as a Senior Project Manager, this is a common interview question, and you need to be prepared for it. We have provided you with the perfect answer to questions centered on AGILE to help you pass your interview.

TIP #3 – Apart from being exceptionally-well organized, and also having an innate ability to plan projects effectively, you also need to have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. One of the biggest tips we can provide you with is to ensure your answers to the interview questions are focused, succinct, and concise in nature. If your answers are concise, you will be demonstrating some of the key skills required to become a competent Senior Project Manager.

TIP #4 – You will be asked a number of situational, behavioural and hypothetical questions during your Senior Project Manager interview. When responding to these types of question, make sure you use the STAR technique and also demonstrate an ability to be reflective of your performance following every project you deliver.

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