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Project Manager Interview Questions
By Dona DeZube, Monster Finance Careers Expert

The best project managers are like axles -- they smoothly link management, clients and staff to keep projects rolling along. If you w ant to be the top candidate for a project manager job, make sure you can answ er questions about your technical competence, business methodology and interpersonal skills in the job interview . Here’s a project plan to get ready for your next project management interview . Technical Skills and Methodology Your interview er may begin by asking about your technical skills. An introductory question might be: What softw are have you used to manage projects in the past? That question may be follow ed by a more specific query: If I gave you a laptop to plan your next project, w hat softw are w ould you w ant on it? Once you’ve established your technical competence, expect questions about your methodology for handling projects, says Joseph Logan, author of Seven Simple Steps to Landing Your First Job . Whether you’re a Project Management Professional (PMP) or not, general questions you can expect include: What’s your approach to managing a project? What’s your school of thought on project management -- are you an agile person? How do you do your scheduling? How do you allocate resources? How do you do status updates? “They have to have a methodology,” says Donna Farrugia, executive director of The Creative Group, a recruiting firm for interactive, design and marketing professionals in Menlo Park, California. “Maybe they use softw are or a book, or they just have years of experience.” If you are PMP-certified, discuss the certification process: w hen you earned your PMP, w hat the hardest part w as for you, w hat you liked the most, etc. Interpersonal Skills Great project managers possess interpersonal skills that help teammates get along. Questions about interpersonal skills can be general: How do you handle politics? Or specific: Tell me about a time w hen you had tw o key stakeholders w ith opposing view s. How did you manage that? Your responses should explain how you found consensus w hile keeping the project focused on its original purpose, Logan says. Project Sponsorship When you’re asked how you w ork w ith project sponsors, your interview er is looking for tw o things: how you elicit information from project leadership and how you define “project sponsor.” Some candidates w ill say the project sponsor is the person w ho review s the project; others w ill say it’s the person w ho holds the budget. Hard-skills questions probe w hat specific project-management skills you can bring to the organization: Are you trained in supply-chain management? Do you manage people and projects or just projects? Are you responsible for delivery and financials or just the administration of the project? Tell me about your recent project’s goals and results. You’re also likely get questions about your past performance to uncover your business skills:

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