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Interview Questions And Answers

Interview Questions and Answers

On this site you will find the most common interview questions and answers which are used by recruitment agencies and hiring companies in order to find out if you are the right person for the job.

To each questions, I’ve provided some background information on why a particular question is being asked. This will help you understand what your interview partner is hoping to hear from you.

For demonstration purpose, I’m using a Project Manager as an example, looking for a project management job. You can easily change or modify the answer to suit your expertise,  knowledge and skill.

1. Interview Questions and Answers: Tell me about yourself: 

Background:
This is one of the most common questions to start the interview. Make sure you have prepared an answer in advance which outlines your skills, knowledge and experience. This will help you to market and to “sell” your skills. Your interview partner is after information on how you can add value to the company. Try to conclude your answer with a question in order to get the initial discussion going.

Statement:
I’m an experienced Project Manager with a record of successful project delivery. I’m efficient and highly organised. This enables me to be as productive as possible on the job.

Example:
At my last company X, I was involved in the development of a new online insurance product. As a Project Manager I was responsible and accountable for a budget of $1m, my project team was 20 members strong. The project needed to be delivered on a tight timeline due to legislative changes.

Benefits:
I’ve delivered this project within the 10-month deadline and under budget. The company sold 2000 products within the first 2 month. I’d like to discuss how I might be able to do something similar for your company.

2. Interview Questions and Answers: Why do you want to work for our company?

Background:
This is an important question, as the future employer wants to know if you really want to work here or if you are just applying for any job. Interviewers want to hire people who are like-minded and want to work for the same company. Therefore be passionate. Demonstrate that you have done your research on the company beforehand (for example on GoogleLinkedIn). Can you show your interview partner that you can add value to the company?

Statement:
I’m really interested in working for your company.

Example:
I‘m familiar with some of the people who work for you; or I have conducted web research and found / believe that the products / services are impressive and very interesting. Your company is leading the market and was ranked highly at the “Choice of Employee of the year”. From my understanding this company has a very dynamic, very competitive, and fast business culture. And your company has the reputation for hiring top talents.

Benefits:
I do believe my skill set would fit very well with your job requirements and I’m sure I can help you to be more productive and efficient in your project delivery.

3. Interview Questions and Answers: Why do you want to leave your company? / Why have you left your company?

Background:
There are three rules with this question: keep it simple, honest and positive. Good reasons for leaving your job or company can be:

  • Career growth
  • Your company is restructuring
  • Moving or finding a job closer to home
  • Looking for new challenge

If you are in a situation where you are or were unemployed for a time– mention the reason. Always frame the answer positively and make sure your “time off” has some learning activities involved.

Example for career growth:
Statement:
I had a fabulous time at company X.

Example:
I started out in the Project Manager area. I have been promoted several times, developed new skills and formalised my Project Management skills. After 6 years, I feel that it is time to look for a new challenge and I’m using this as an opportunity to grow and learn. I’m very selective where I go with my next move because it is important move where I can grow as a professional and enhance my skills.

Benefit:
I’m looking for an opportunity to take all the skills and experiences that I have learned at (company X) and apply this in a new environment where I can make a real difference to the particular organisation.

Example for company restructure:
Statement:
I was made redundant due to a company restructure in May. After some consideration I decided to turn this situation into an opportunity for my personal and professional growth.

Example:
I fulfilled my childhood dream traveling through Europe and to experience and learn about foreign cultures. Since I’m back, I’ve completed several Project Manager educational courses online in the area of financial management in order to brush up my skills and joined the “Professional Project Management Group” here in Brisbane to grow my business network.

Benefits:
I’m looking forward to use my experience in a new environment where I can make a real difference.

4. Interview Questions and Answers: Tell me about your strength?

Background:
Describe your skills and experience here. Provide three or four statements and back them up with examples. Employers normally like to see examples in the area of:

  • Great communicator
  • Team player / team leader
  • Hardworking
  • Motivated and determined
  • Using consultative approach
  • Mentored and coached teams

Statement:
My key strengths are: great communicator, good team leader, hardworking and motivated to achieve my goals. In addition, I have a strong knowledge of IT systems and have managed projects for over 6 years.

Example:
All those strength have been developed over the last years. I started at company X with small projects in the area of XX. Not all projects were easy to manage, and I did make mistakes in the beginning – especially when it came to managing staff. But I learned quickly and improved my project management skills over the last couple of years. Now, I’m at the point where I manage large and complex projects, with development sites in India and China.

Benefit:
This enabled my last company to simplify their environment and saved $400.000 in the first 8 months.

5. Interview Questions and Answers: Tell me what motivates you?

Background:
This is a psychological question. The interviewer wants to know if you think more about short-term or long-term goals. Below you will find two possible answers to this question.

Statement 1:
I like to be involved in constant changes and like to be involved in ‘new things’ like new process developments, new product development, further improvements to processes and methodologies. [Change is the only constant, and I have the urge to be involved].

Example 1:
As a Project Manager I’m heavily involved in implementing new ideas and projects and see them deployed and realized. I want to use my Project Manager skills and talent in order to work on exciting and challenging projects in order to realise the companies goals.

Benefit 1:
I am motivated by the challenge of implementing projects ahead of schedule and by managing teams that achieved their goals.

Statement 2:
My career is important to me. I’m really into developing myself. I want to get into senior management level and I want to take on more responsibilities.

Example 2:
I’m taking on an “Executive Leadership course for Project Managers” to work at a more strategic and senior level; that’s what motivates me.

Benefit 2:
This will help me grow and achieve my personal goals and help the company to reach their targets.

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6. Interview Questions and Answers: Can you please tell me why we should hire you?

Background:
This is a value proposition. How can you add value to the company? Make sure you have read the job description and know what they are looking for. This is now what you need to mention. If they mentioned that you need to be “Excellent in Stakeholder Management”, then you need to use and provide an example here. In general – people will hire you for the following reasons:

  • You do the job well
  • You fit into the company culture
  • You are passionate about your job

Statement:
Based on my past projects and experiences I do believe that I can add and bring value to your company.

Example:
In the job description you highlighted that you are looking for someone with the following skills: list now three of the requirements in the job description and provide examples to each, to show that you have this experience they are looking for.

You mentioned that you are looking for someone with “Excellent Stakeholder Management” skills, “Experiences in Agile” and “has a record of successful project delivery”.
At my previous company, agile was the project management standard. I was responsible for a $2m projects – delivering a new online banking product by the end of the year. I had to deal with various stakeholder. We were running in a major problem as the product, we just developed, didn’t comply to regulatory standards. It was a very challenging situation. Further describe a situation….

Benefit:
I do believe that my skills and experience will meet your expectations and will complement your team to deliver the required results.

7. Interview Questions and Answers: Can you please tell me how you will contribute to this company? 

Background:
The best way to answer this is to give example of what you have achieved in the past and to relate this to the future. Relate your abilities to the employer’s goals. You will want to let your interviewer partner know that you have the right skills necessary to do the job they are hiring for.

Statement:
I’m an experienced Project Manager who worked for X number of years in the industry. I’m familiar with different project management methodologies and processes.

Example:
I’ve delivered many successful projects in the past like Project X, Project Y– which were very complex in nature and provided the expected benefits to companies I’ve worked for. I’ve also trained and mentored others in the Project Manager discipline up-grading their capability.

Benefit:
I do believe that my knowledge and skills will greatly improve the quality and the delivery of your projects.

8. Interview Questions and Answers: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Background:

Your interview partner wants to know if you have clear goals in life. In reality, most people have no idea what they will do in 5 years’ time. You can answer this question in two ways:

  • You want to become an expert in your field and would like to stay in the area: Advance from being a Project Manager to become a Senior Project Manager.
  • Or you want to leave your area – moving from a Project Manager position to a senior management position.

Statement for becoming an expert:
I want to become an expert in the Project Management area.

Example for becoming an expert:
In 5 years’ time, I see myself progressing in the Project Management area. Taking on larger and more complex projects and learning new skills to the benefit of (the company). I find this advertised Project Management job extremely interesting and motivating.

Benefit of becoming an expert:
I am willing to invest my next 5 years gaining further experience on the job and towards professional advancement. To sum it up – I want to be an expert in project management

Statement for moving:
In five years’ time I see myself in a senior management position.

Example for moving:
Having more responsibilities, coaching other employees and managing teams. I am interested in pursuing my career based on (this company’s) goals.

Benefit for moving:
I’m planning to acquire further qualification in my field (e.g. MBA), which will assist me in this endeavor.

9. Interview Questions and Answers: Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you dealt with it?

Background:
Here your interview partner wants to see how you acted and behaved under a certain situation in the past in order to predict on how you are likely to handle a similar situation in the future.

Statement:
For Project Manager’s it is quite common to work under heavy workload – especially when it comes to the delivery of the project.

Example:
When I was working on the Project X, one of my key staff members fell ill for some time. I had to distribute his workload within the team. We worked hard for long hours, in order to cover for this person. We caught up every morning for short meetings– to discuss and to re-prioritise the upcoming work for the day.

Benefit:
Despite having one resource less on the project, we implemented the project successfully. This was mainly due to the teams’ contribution in taking over extra work, re-prioritisation and team updates each morning.

10. Interview Questions and Answers: How do you manage difficult people or a problem with an employee reporting to you?

Background:
This question will test your people management and leadership skills. When managing difficult people, it is important that you make sure their goals and objectives are measurable, specific, quantifiable and in writing for accountability.  Failing to do so, will not improve the situation.

Statement:
When dealing with difficult people it is important to document everything to establish facts. In a few cases the only option is to terminate their employment, but it may not be necessary; instead in most cases I try to provide a plan for improvement.

Example:
On one of the larger programs, I was dealing with a Project Financial Analyst who didn’t communicate well with Project Managers. Her communication style was very direct – forcefully instructing them on how to provide the requested financial data. This didn’t go down well and complaints arose. In order to have a fact based conversation with the Analyst; I started documenting each issue related to the situation. Rather than criticising her forceful attitude, I provided examples on how to communicate her requests in a milder manner, while still getting the required results. We worked out a plan, which included mentoring and training in order to overcome these issues. The plan was monitored on a regular basis.

Benefit:
The Financial Analyst started to change her communication style to a more consultative approach. She started listening to the Project Managers first and assisted them with their financial problems – instead of telling them what to do. The entire change and performance management process took several months, and required a lot of energy from my side, but in the end we accomplished a good working relationship.

11. Interview Questions and Answers: Can you describe a situation where you had a conflict in your team? How did you handle it? 

Background:
This question will test your leadership and conflict resolution skills. The researcher Thomas Kilmann has proposed five different ways of addressing conflict, which results in different outcomes:

  1. Competing: power oriented mode in which you try to win
  2. Accommodating: unassertive and cooperative. Opposite of competing, the individual neglects his / her own concern
  3. Avoiding: unassertive and uncooperative – not dealing with the conflict (postponing an issue to a later time or withdrawing from a situation)
  4. Collaborating: is both assertive and cooperative – opposite from avoiding. It involves an attempt to work with others to find a solution. A win-win solution for both parties.
  5. Compromising: find a mutually acceptable solution that partially satisfies both parties

When answering this question, make sure you do not “blame” or “bad mouth” somebody. In general – the best possible outcome for both parties is the “Collaborating” resolution, but it depends on the situation you are in.

Statement:
When addressing conflict situations I have found that open collaboration is the most effective form of addressing it.

Example:
Please refer to example given in question 10

12. Interview Questions and Answers: You’ve been appointed as a Project Manager to a project where the team morale is low. What do you do to uplift it?

Background:
This question probes your team building and engagement skills. Activities that generally uplift the team spirit are:

  • Praise wherever you can (it costs nothing)
  • Never criticise or correct – this is the biggest de-motivator – always talk about possible solutions to problems
  • Give small recognitions such as movie tickets, dinner vouchers etc.
  • Celebrate occasions such as birthdays and make social contact – Friday late afternoon meetings, common lunch every 4 weeks
  • Be open and communicate both success and failure

Statement:
Sometimes project teams can be affected from poor team morale due to causes which are outside a Project Managers control.

Example:
Once, I was working on a project where team morale was very low due to the restructuring of the organisation, which included several redundancies of staff members. Though I was not able to do anything about the restructure, I encouraged the team to be open with their communication and listened to their concerns. I praised people wherever I could and made sure that people didn’t work long hours over extended periods. I organised lunch and learn sessions on Fridays where we exchanged experiences and promoted things that worked well.

Benefit:
We established team camaraderie, which uplifted the mood and helped us to focus on our project and on our people rather than on the environment, which we were not able to influence or control.

13. Interview Questions and Answers: How do you handle pressure and stress?

Background:
Everybody gets stressed. The interviewer would like to know on how you deal with it. Stress is generally good for you; as long as you know how to manage it. Recovery phases between periods of stress are key and vital for achieving a good and sustainable performance at work and in your life. When answering this question, make sure you highlight your recovery phases. For example–taking regular timeout, leaving the office during lunch and performing regular exercise like having a run in the park.

Statement:
As a Project Manager you experience many stressful situations, some of them you can influence where as others are beyond your control.

Example:
When I notice that a stressful situation starts impacting my performance, I close my eyes, take a couple of deep breaths to detach myself from the situation. I then review the activities that need to be done and possibly re-prioritise or re-scope them. When I work long hours, I make sure that I have regular breaks, get up from my desk and walk around to get a new perspective.

Benefit:
In general I try to go to the gym on a regular basis in order to be fit in life and at work.

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14. Interview Questions and Answers: Can you tell me what do you do when project priorities constantly change?

Background:
In Project Management you have the “iron triangle” which outlines the relationship of: scope, cost and time. If you change one site of the triangle e.g. re-prioritising scope than this will affect time and cost. The interviewer would like to know on how you would handle such a situation.

Statement:
Re-prioritising scope of a project has always an impact on time and / or cost. Therefore, it is essential to analyse the change and it’s impact beforehand.

Example:
At project x we had one stakeholder who consistently changed his mind on how we should develop the new online-shopping application. First he wanted to include videos and forums where customers could exchange ideas. Later on, he changed his mind including a delivery service. Each of the changes we analysed and provided an impact analysis on cost and time and its benefits to the stakeholders. Some changes were adapted where as others were rejected.

Benefit:
The project got delivered to the new scope at a higher cost. Though the additional business benefits of providing the delivery service capability have outweigh the additional costs.

15. Interview Questions and Answers: What have you learned from your mistakes?

Background:
This is a behaviour interview question.
Everybody has made mistakes – the key is to see, acknowledge and learn quickly from them. This will form the development of your experience. Senior Project Managers get hired because of their experience and knowledge, which they have gained over the years. If you can openly admit to have made mistakes in the past than this will viewed positively as someone with integrity and character.

Statement:
I have made mistakes in the past and I believe the key to it is to admit them and to learn from them

Example:
A few years ago I was leading a project where I had to make a decision terminating the contract of one of the project team members. I was not aware that this person had a very close relationship to our CEO. This person was taken off the project but was offered a very senior position in the company instead. It did cause a lot of distraction and trust issues in the project team and with the stakeholder. I shouldn’t have reacted so quickly, trying to get this person away from my project – instead I should have given this person some tasks where she would have little stakeholder contact and impact on the project.

Benefits:
My lesson learned from this is: Don’t make quick decisions on the spot without evaluating the impact.

16. Interview Questions and Answers: How do you set and manage expectations (with customers, your managers and your team)? 

Background:
Expectations are generally unstated but are critical to the success of your project. For example,your customer wants to be involved in your project – “in all the details”, “not at all”, “wants the project done – regardless on the quality” or “wants to set an example”. The success often is not related on how good you executed the contract (Statement of Work) – rather than how good you fulfilled your customers’ expectations. 
Setting expectation of customers, team members and managers is therefore critical to the role of a PM. It will establish trust and credibility. The best way to do this is to communicate frequently and to set expectations. Monitor these expectations by asking probing questions. If the expectations differ from yours, you need to find the basis for it and correct your course of action.

Statement:
I believe that good expectation management is a key to a project success.

Example:
When starting out with my projects I make sure to have informal meetings with my customer / manager and team members to understand their expectations. This helps me to better understand on how to deliver the project. On one project, I had a customer who didn’t get involved into the project – he just wanted me “to do it” as quickly as possible – on a different occasion I had a customer who wanted to have daily updates and wanted to be included in every decision. From the outside, both projects would have looked the same but different treatments were required in order to complete them successfully and to make the end customer happy.

Benefits:
Sometimes it’s not the end goal on what you’ve delivered, but more the journey on how you delivered it and how you engaged your stakeholders and managed expectations.

17. Interview Questions and Answers: Describe the four phases of team building and how do you use it as an advantage on your project?

Background:
The four phases of team development (according to Bruce Tuckman) are:

  • Forming: Project team get to know each other and establish objectives clearly.
  • Storming: Characterized by conflicts and competition between team members. In order to move to the next stage team member need to be focusing on solution
  • Norming: Team members actively acknowledge ideas and contribution. A team starts to form
  • Performing: A team has been established and performs well.
  • Adjourning: This is the fifth stage when teams break up after a finite length of time. This includes recognising team members and saying goodbye

Statement:
The four stages of team development are: Forming, storming, Norming, performing – with a fifth stage called adjourning where the team will be released.

Examples:
When I’m leading a project I’m using the above framework in order to develop a high performing team. In the forming stage, I try to have a project kick off meeting which is not only work related. It will be a small celebration, where socialisation will happen and where people will get to know each other. In the storming phase, people might have some anxiety about the project goals and possible it’s realisation. Some team members start questioning roles and responsibility. In this phase I‘m supporting team members and share my vision and goals of the project. If conflicts arise I make sure that they are fact based and solution oriented. In the norming stage, the team slowly comes together and my leadership will change to a more to participant’s style. The fourth stage is the performing stage where the team performs well together.  In this stage I normally have some breathing space and can delegate more activities and focus for example on future work or on some analysis work. The last stage – which sometime is mentioned, is called adjourning where the project will be closed and released into a BAU state. Generally we have a closing event like a dinner where we acknowledge team performance and say good-bye to the team members.

Benefits:
I found that this framework provides guidance in developing a high performing project team, which will work well and achieve the project goals.

18. Interview Questions and Answers: Can you please describe with which methodologies (or process) you are familiar with?

Background:
A project methodology is a process on how projects will be delivered. Common methodologies are PRINCE 2, PMBOK, Agile Project Management (like Scrum) or a combination of Process-based management (like CMMI) methodologies. Apart from the obvious – which methodology have you worked with – your answer will offer insight whether you are flexible in your methodology and can adapt easily to a new process or you are keen in implementing your preferred methodology (which might not be desired).

Statement:
Over the last couple of years I’ve worked with different methodologies.

Example:
The company X I’m currently working for has a customised version of agile. The project lifecycle is split in phases and approval – including funding – that will be released once the required activities and mandatory artefacts have been completed in the current phase. Earlier I was working on a Government project, which used PRINCE 2 for project delivery.

Benefits:
Regardless which project methodology the company has, I’m quite flexible in terms of methodology and approach. I’m good at organising and believe I have good communication skills, which can be applied to any methodology.

19. Interview Questions and Answers: What project management software have you used? Can you describe your experience?

Background:
There are literally 100’s of different software products on the market. Please check the following link for Project Management Software. When asked this question, name the tools you are familiar with and you’ve worked in the past. Generally MS Project and Excel are the ones that are commonly used. But in the agile world Jira and Greenhopper are frequently in demand.

Statement:
The software tools I’m familiar with are MS Project, Excel and Jira.

Example:
I used MS Projects mainly on projects following a waterfall or PRINCE 2 methodology as these tools are well aligned for these processes. I’ve planned and executed my projects, which included activities, dependencies, resources and budget information. The tool was very strong in areas of monitoring and executing tasks from a project management perspective. In projects, which are more aligned to the agile methodology, I’ve used Greenhopper and Jira. Both of these tools support collaboration and can be used to monitor team performance and project progress.

Benefit:
I believe that I’m tool savvy and that I can learn any tool quickly. Do you mind me asking which tool you are using? Do you have any preferences?

20. Interview Questions and Answers: Describe the most complex project you have managed from start to finish?

Background:
This question is focusing on your experience. The more complex and larger a project is the more formality is normally around it. Start explaining the project first in terms of: purpose and objective, scope, complexity [e.g. working with new technology, number of resources, budget and timeline] and the key challenge you needed to overcome.

Statement:
One of the more complex assignments I was involved with was a new software implementation project where I had the role as Project Manager.

Example:
The insurance Company X bought automated testing tool software in order to improve the quality of their software releases. My role was to implement this tool in the IT department. At that time, testing of software was done manually with little or no documentation. The developed software suffered from quality issues with several defects, resulting in many customer complaints. The project scope was

  • to install and configure the tool for 20 testers and developers
  • provide training on the tool
  • facilitate workshop on new usage models
  • develop new procedures and process around test management
  • provide ongoing consulting and support to manage the change

I had some challenges to overcome, for example the automated software couldn’t recognize some of the objects we used in our programming language and some change management challenges with the teams. Some of the “older” people in the team did not want to learn or touch an automated testing tool. We agreed that those testers would focus on the management and planning of the tests – rather than on the test script development and execution. The project itself took 6 months to implement and had a budget of $300K.

Benefits:
Once we had implemented our project we were able to see the dramatic benefits. With the new testing software we were able to run tests overnight, saving time and improving the quality of the software. The team could test more and better in the available time, with a positive impact on customer satisfaction.

THANK YOU!

Interview Questions And Answers was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by sandra

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161 Responses to Interview Questions And Answers

  1. Michelle September 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Wow – Thank you for offering these interview questions and answers for free. I really like how the answers are structured. I will certainly try to use this approach in my next interview.

  2. sandra September 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Thanks Michelle! I’m glad I can help.

    • Hauwa Ali December 22, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

      Sandra ,Am very impressed with your interview questions, honestly your writers up are wonderful .good work easy to understand. Thank you sandra

    • Linda April 18, 2017 at 12:22 am #

      Thank you for giving this tips out for free. It’s really helpful. I’ve been difficulty with answering my video interview questions but now I’m very prepared. I’ll take my interview tomorrow, please wish me success…..

      • sandra April 18, 2017 at 8:32 am #

        Good Luck, Linda!! Let me know how you go 😉

      • sandra September 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

        and…did you get the job??

        • Linda September 4, 2017 at 8:33 am #

          Unfortunately no…

          • sandra September 4, 2017 at 8:38 am #

            Ohh bummer!!! Please keep trying. Sometimes it has nothing to do on how good you were in the interview, it’s just related to circumstances with the interviewer.

  3. zina September 26, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Wow – thx a mill Sandra,
    Being an expereinced PM, I thought I knew it all 🙂 Obviously not. . I love your straight to the point – no waffle answers. This a definite “good to have” secret weapon in my interview armour.

    • sandra September 26, 2013 at 12:42 am #

      Thanks Zina – I guess the “no waffle answers’ comes from me being German 😉 I hope you find them useful! Good luck with your next interview 😉

  4. zina September 26, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    Oops! noticed a typo – meant to write “experienced” just as I was clicking send 🙂

  5. Tina October 7, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Thanks. These questions/answers are really good and helpful.

    • sandra October 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Thank you Tina! Good luck with your interview!

  6. Srikanth October 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Good answers that i have ever seen … Really Good Job !!!

    • sandra October 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      I’mm glad you like them

  7. Binu Kumar October 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Wow.. Beautifully structured questions.

    • sandra October 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

      Thank you Binu 😉

  8. venkat October 18, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    beautiful answers and questions it is very useful for me

    • sandra October 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      Thanks Venkat, Glad That I could help

  9. Nana October 23, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    These are pretty good. I have a PM interview tomorrow and they will most definitely help. Thank a million.

    • sandra October 24, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      Good Luck, Nana! Cross fingers – let me know how you go 😉

  10. sibaji November 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    Sandra, Great piece of work. Very common questions with appropriate answers. This would be really helpful.

    • sandra November 8, 2013 at 7:30 am #

      Thank you, Sibaji – Good Luck with your interview!

  11. Renuka November 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    I wish I got them a day and not a few hours before my interview..Very impressive and easy to comprehend.
    I am sure this is going to be very helpful.
    Thank you 🙂

    • sandra November 26, 2013 at 7:42 am #

      Thanks Paul. How was your interview? Got the job?

  12. WanderingMonk December 2, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Brilliant! Very useful tips and well written. Once you read this and relate it to your own experiences in the past, you feel more confident to take up job interviews. And most interviews certainly contain at least 50% of these questions. Thanks for sharing!

  13. RVM December 7, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Thanks for offering this. here are some of the questions i encountered:
    Could you describe your worst day and how you dealt with it?
    What are the things that you find most difficult to do? And how did you deal with them
    How do you know your design would work for a given problem

    • sandra December 10, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      Hi RVM,

      here is a suggestion on how I would answer the questions 😉

      1. Could you describe your worst day and how you dealt with it?
      Please note with this questions that everybody makes mistakes – regardless. The key is – to learn from it quickly and to move on. In addition, you don’t have to tell them the worst mistake you made. Pick one, which is severe – but which you solved and from which you learned and which wouldn’t stop the company from hiring you. Also, it’s good to mention something that happened a couple of years ago. For example: you can bring an example that you send an angry email to someone in a different department -> he or she forwarded this email to the manager, who than contacted your manager. In a meeting with your manager you acknowledge the mistake – and learned how important the right communication is.
      2. this is a two part question: first – the interviewer would like to know what you think is difficult – and secondly: how did you handle it. Example could be: unethical work situation e.g. you notice that somebody stole something from the company, you have been given a target that was not possible to reach or finishing a work deliverable in time – which was not possible.
      Make sure in your answer mention: gathering facts, assess and analyze problem, breaking in smaller manageable tasks, finding a solution based on facts
      3. How do you know your design would work for a given problem
      This questions deals with your problem solving skills. What are the steps you do in order to tackle it. Have a look at the following sites – which will give you an indication on what’s required:

      http://litemind.com/problem-definition/

      Hope this helps 😉

  14. RVM December 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    thanks so much Sandra. Your responses helps.

  15. Prash January 11, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    Valid questions and explaination!!! its really helpfull

  16. Kwaku Adjekum January 18, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    Hi Sandra, your interview questions and answers are very helpful and thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise. What is the best way to answer this question: What problem have you encountered in a project and how did you get it resolved? Thanks

    • sandra January 20, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Kwaku,
      You could possibly mention the following:
      1. One of the major issues in project management is the funding of projects. Often there is a lack of funding when implementing projects properly, but you have a lot of creative ideas to overcome budget constrains e.g. review if some of the previous artifacts (depends on your industry) can be re-used, outsource activities, increase time-frame but have lesser staff, automate activities with tools.

      Pick a project in the past and see how you could have applied some of the above money saving activities and use it as example 😉

  17. Jack January 30, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Hello Sandra, I am currently in an IT service Management role and applied for a PMO position earlier few months back, where I was asked a question on Data gathering of the projects if from where do I gather the data of the previous projects etc. Can you help me with this question if the Project Managers/PMO’s use any specific tools to manage the data of their current/previous projects?

    • sandra February 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      Hi Jack – Thanks heaps for your question…I will answer this from my personal experience:
      1. Q: From where do I gather the data of the previous projects?
      1. A: In most organisation, projects should have been archived and the PMO should be able to access it. So if you require and old project data, the PMO (Project Management Office) should be able to help you.

      2. Q: Specific tools for current data storage?
      2. A: It really depends on the maturity of the company. Smaller companies might not have PM or PMO tools and they are just storing the data on a specific drive on a server (which hopefully gets backed up). If the company is more mature, they might use Sharepoint (document management software) or even Microsoft Project Server (Project and PMO software) for the data. Other specific tools can be: Clarity, Primavera, Rally Software – to name a few.

      A good Best Practice would be: to perform a “lessons Learned” with all project stakeholders once the project has been completed, to capture what worked and what didn’t work well during the lifetime of the project. Those notes are quite valuable and can be shared with next project team, which starts a new project. Again, those lesson learned documents should be stored and managed with the PMO.

      Hope, this answers your question 😉

  18. Haroon Ahmed February 6, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Great set of questions and examples…very impressed…

    • sandra February 6, 2014 at 10:32 am #

      Thank you, Haroon 😉

  19. Srini February 24, 2014 at 3:18 am #

    thanks sandra, tommorow i have interview for PM, this blog helps me more to gain confidence

    • sandra February 25, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Let me know how you go. Any feedback would be great!

  20. anita March 4, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    Awesome site!! Most of other sites offer only the questions, but this is awesome. The answers are so well structured with examples. Great job!!

    • sandra March 4, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      Thank you Anita!!!

  21. Bruce March 5, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    Hi Sandra Thank you for this great blog! I had an interview today for a PM position within the supply Chain area, one of the questions that was asked was: ” How would I validate that the Data from each Category Segment was followed according to the steps as prescribed?”

  22. Onexis DeLair March 12, 2014 at 12:24 am #

    Thank You so much I have an interview in a couple of hours, and I was so stress out until I read your post is so nice of you to think of others. God Bless

    • sandra March 12, 2014 at 8:32 am #

      Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

  23. Paul March 13, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    Hi Sandra, This is simply awesome. I have got an interview next week and I have been asked to prepare a verbal presentation for 10mins on the following topic: “Portfolio Service Office is a relatively new team and has involved the introduction of new project management standards and reporting across a number of diff estates teams. What would you do to ensure that these project mgt processes are successfully embedded?” What tips have you got Pls..

    • sandra April 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Paul, Sorry for my late reply – I was on holiday 😉
      So, basically – the questions will ask you about “ What would you do to ensure that these project mgt processes are successfully embedded?
      I would make sure that you focus on Change Management and Communication. Often processes will be designed and rolled out but the implementation will fail due to the change aspect. Check out this links – this will give you more info’s to the topic: http://www.change-management.com/tutorial-prosci-methodology.htm

  24. shah March 18, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Thank you very much Sandra.It really Helped me a lot. can you please help in following question

    Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to a new situation?
    Have you ever had to persuade a team to do something? How did you achieve this?
    Tell me about a time when you helped improve something?
    Have you ever had to deal with different audiences and explain a concept to them in numerous ways? How did you do this?
    How do you build relationships?

  25. Amit March 26, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    thanks for your valuable compilation and suggestion. it will definitely help me for my interview.

  26. Ansari April 26, 2014 at 5:09 am #

    Fantastic, I got all my answers from this site, Really helpful for my upcoming interview. good work.

    • Sandra A April 27, 2014 at 7:21 am #

      Thank you! Let me know how you go!

  27. Kalai April 27, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Hey Sandra, That was a neat package of questions and answers. I’m mom who is reentering work after 8 years, when I read your article, it brought me all my stored experience into my cache memory and now I have my own answers but in your style, Im gonna attend my first interview after break I was so nervous, but now I feel relaxed. Thank you very much.

    • Sandra A May 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      Good Luck Kalai – I hope you got the job!! All the best!

  28. henry April 29, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Thanks so much Sandra for sharing this hands on experiences in having a successful interview. Sandra I’m preparing for an interview for a country program manager position with an INGO and will kindly appreciate your guidance in this .

  29. Rohit May 4, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    Thanks Sandra. Your structured answers will certainly help me in responding to interviews. This is a big help and I appreciate it.

  30. annie May 7, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    guys can you help me with the following questions ..

    When you are assigned a new project in an unfamiliar area, how do you begin?

  31. annie May 7, 2014 at 4:09 am #

    What is something you have learned from your experience that has surfaced repeatedly if you do not follow your own guidelines or rules?

  32. annie May 7, 2014 at 4:10 am #

    What experience do you have with system design?

  33. Aditya May 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Hi Sandra.The blog is really helpful & eye opener. The answers are so well structured with examples & benefits.Really great.Thank a lot for sharing such interview answers.Great job.

  34. kebetsang May 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi Sandra
    am going for interview this friday could you kindly help me with this questions:
    how would you manage time scope quality and cost ?
    how do you priotise two urgent projects ?
    areas of PMBOK and explain them.
    thanks in advance .

  35. Geeta May 26, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    I liked this site very much. It’s a very beautiful and clean way of explaining the points.

    Thanks a lot for such a good database.

  36. Ritzy June 3, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    Thank you Sandra, after going through all your questions and answers my confidence is really boosted. Thank you so much 🙂

  37. Jemma June 7, 2014 at 1:22 am #

    These are really good example questions. I am due to be interviewed for a PMO Analyst role in 2 weeks – have you another other questions you could throw my way? I get extremely nervous during interviews so the more preparation I can get the better! Jemma 🙂

    • Sandra A June 8, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Hi Jemma,

      I would ask you to bring an example report to the interview to see how you present data. In addition I would ask you on:
      – how did you train an support the PM’s with their financials,
      – how would you report project financials that span over 1 or more financial years?
      – you’ve been asked to reduce the project portfolio by $1m -> what suggestions can you offer?

      Hope these questions help 😉
      All the Best,
      Sandra

  38. Hanaa June 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    Hi Sandra, Thanks for your effort, its very helpful.
    i have an interview today i hope i will do better.

  39. Srinivas June 23, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    This is by far one of the most informative blog i have read in past few months. Question posted by an interviewer is easy but answering them right was always a challenge. Thanks to the structured approach or the framework ( background, statement, example & Benefits) that you have proposed, every new question will have a meaningful answer. Appreciate all your efforts. Will post more question based on interviews I attend & interview I conduct.

    • Sandra A June 23, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Thank you – greatly appreciated!

  40. Parvez June 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    Thankyou Sandra.. This is a very well researched and comprehensive question list.

  41. Rajita July 5, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    I would like buy your E Book, it says $2.99 as special offer but when I add to cart price is getting changed to 7.99. So how can I get this book as special offer.

    • Sandra A July 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

      I just changed it 😉
      Thank you!

  42. Satya July 8, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Excellent Sandra, Most of the answers are exact match for with experience. So far I didn’t know how to put them in a structured way, you sorted that. A ton of thanks. I will use them in my PM interview coming up on this Friday.

    • Satya July 8, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      * with my experience.

  43. Amit July 9, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    A great set of questions, i think it answers all of your doubts on how to prepare for porject managment interview. I think the ther should be one more thing covered “Risk Management”

  44. suni July 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Hi Sandra, Thanks a lot for such a wonderful information. I have a question please can u help me. If we are given a project of 1 million, how would we plan the project and what is the process involved as a delivery manager. Please enlighten me. Thanks a lot.

  45. George July 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Sandra, Great Blog! Thanks for taking time to put this together for everyone’s benefit. God Bless You!! The questions and answers so well structured to prepare for the interview, which makes you to gain confidence.

  46. Pavan Valluri July 29, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    Hi Sandra,

    Really good effort in supporting people who are going to attend the interviews…Appreciate your help and initiative…Useful tips to face the interview..Thank you!

  47. Poonam August 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    wow, your responses to these general PM interview questions were so crisp! Thanks for sharing these

  48. John Alexander August 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Am about to attend an interview and I feel really confident after going through your interview questions. I though I knew a lot. But you proved me wrong. Thanks a lot for the effort.

  49. Shaun August 18, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Hi Sandra,

    Great article! I have an interview this Tuesday and would definitely use the information you have provided to be better prepared. I was hoping you could help me as I know one of the questions that will be asked, which is: “What will you do if your project is over budget and behind schedule?”

    I appreciate your help!

  50. Gokul Raman September 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Dear Sandra, I am very glad I landed on this page. Very clear answers with good examples and benefits. I have 18 years experience with 7 to 8 years of PM experience, I thought I knew answers to most questions, but your responses gives completely different perspectives and help frame even better responses. I am looking for a job as a PM and I believe this will help me a great deal and all other PMs. Thank you very much. Gokul

  51. Suresh September 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    Thank you very much for sharing these interview questions with precise answers. Very helpful! Really appreciate your effort.

  52. SD September 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    A great set of questions indeed. I liked the answers as these are based on practical experiences, you need not make the story. All you have to analyse the past experiences and frame the answers. Thanks a lot Sandra

  53. NMM September 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Excellent blog. It helped me refresh my interview skills. Thank you.

  54. Liza September 16, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Hi Sandra, just want to say a big thank you for you these questions and suggested answers – its making me reflect and better prepare myself for my upcoming interview. I really appreciate this. THANK YOU.

  55. kirtisingh September 27, 2014 at 4:24 am #

    thanks,,, great set of questions and answers,,,, i hope they will help me in my interview

  56. chel September 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    What past project or job have you had that is most like this one and why? help ……..

    • Sandra A October 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi Chel,
      You might want to highlight activities that are similar to the job you are applying for. You can answer this question by mentioning that you like: a) teamwork b) challenges 3) solving problems – make sure you have some examples from your previous jobs that you can use.
      Hope this helps 😉

  57. Martina Agho October 2, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Thank you Sandra for this excellent piece, well written and spot on

  58. Jyoti Chakraborty October 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi Sandra,
    I find your answers very helpful. I am ‘QA Engineer’ by profession. Well, our performance appraisal is due next week, our employer has put this 3 questions for us:
    1What you have done in past 6 months because of which you feel your contribution has a value add in company growth.
    2.What you think as per your skill set is the best fitment for your personal and company growth.
    3.If you wish to move to another role then please come with a plan for complete migration and a strong rationale for the proposal.

    Could you please give me your valuable suggestion on the above.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Jyoti

    • Sandra A October 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

      thank you!

    • Sandra A October 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

      Hi Jyoti,
      in regards to your answers:
      1) you need to find something where you added value: as a QA Engineer it could be: Improved process of QA by doing x -> which reduced time to do y; automated process x -> therefor you were able to test more; mentored colleague in Y -> therefore quality of team output is better….
      2) mention skills here you can apply for different roles: working in teams, analytical skills, stakeholder & relationship management skills -> provide examples
      3) My questions would be here – do you want to move? If yes, have a 3 – 6 month plan in place where you transition into a new role but also train up your replacement. If you want to stay in your role – make sure you come up with some training courses / e learning activities (3 month plan) in order to upskill yourself….present this to your manager. Hope this helps 😉

      • Alaa January 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

        I need some help here, I have been phoned by a recruitment agent for a job at worldwide corporation, who is seeking a sales manager. it is more like a country sales manager. I have got all it takes to get the job, as I have been there in the market for 8 years and have got some outstanding sales achievements and been dealing with products as a distributor. I have got an interview in two days and the recruiter did not provide me with any job requirements but the basics only (job title, interviewer details etc..). I am supposed to put together a presentation for the interview and only provided me with the headlines, details of this below;
        1- What do I bring to the role? without any specific details, how I am going to match my skills/capabilities with they are looking for?
        2- What value I can add to the position/company? Again, I got no job requirements, how would I back my answer up for this with my achievements?
        3- Business plan for the role for 3, 6 and 12 months? I may come up with something here as I know all “ins and outs” in the the industry, I may simply SWOT analysis them? What do you think?
        4- Developmental needs? I am confused here, not sure what they are trying too get at here?!
        Appreciate your help/hints, tips guys!! by the way they sell fire protection products!

  59. Jyoti Chakraborty October 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi,
    I have posted a comment yesterday [10/10/2014], but its been found after subscription that the comment does not exist in this blog, either its been removed or modified which i have not been informed about.
    I am Re-posting the comment again..
    Sandra, I find this blog very helpful. I am QA Engineer by profession. Our appraisal is due next Monday[10/13/2014]. I would like to have your valuable suggestion on the following questions which have been asked by our Employer:

    1 What you have done in past 6 months because of which you feel your contribution has a value add in company growth.
    2.What you think as per your skill set is the best fitment for your personal and company growth.
    3.If you wish to move to another role then please come with a plan for complete migration and a strong rationale for the proposal.

    I will wait for the reply and please don’t remove the posted comment without prior intimation to the follower.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Jyoti

    • jyoti October 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      The above post is due to delay in getting reply and unable to view my earlier posted comments..So please ignore the above post..
      Thanks

  60. Azhar Aslam October 14, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Hi Sandra

    This is a great help indeed, I have a interview today and this blog helped lot in preparation

  61. Zahira October 16, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    Hi Sandra. Brand new to the PM space and have an upcoming interview. These questions and answers are fantastic and after reading through it I feel that much more confident.

    Thank you for sharing, definitely shows you care!

  62. venki October 16, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    This is sheer brilliant and can only be done by kind hearted people like you.
    Well structured and precisely delivered.

  63. satish October 31, 2014 at 12:22 am #

    Hi Sandra,

    Can you please reply these toughest questions.

    1. What are the Major challenges you faced in Managing the Project ? and how did you handle that ?
    2.Suppose the Project is not going as per the schedule and whom so ever stakeholders you contact, all are saying they are busy and unable to takeup this and ofcourse they will be busy with other deadlines. How did you handle this ?What is your approach as a PM based on your experience.

  64. neelima November 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Thanks Sandra.. Great set of question and answers.

  65. ANNA November 18, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    I AM SO HAPPY THAT I FOUND THIS INFO! THANK YOU SANDRA!

  66. manickam November 22, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Great..

  67. John December 4, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Great piece of work which helped tremendously preparing for an interview and exercised the grey matter to expand and look at the interview from both sides.
    Many thanks
    John

  68. Ajay December 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    The copy of ebook is not available in India. Can you please let me know the other option of getting a copy at the earliest.

  69. Usha December 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi Sandra…. This blog really helped me lot…. your answers well structured. Thank you

  70. Gajendra December 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Thank Sandra this are very helpful question for interview preparations.

    • sandra December 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

      Thank you 😉

  71. Rami Mebarki December 20, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    Thnks Sandra

  72. ruth peprah February 3, 2015 at 2:49 am #

    hello how would you answer this question
    • When have you been most satisfied with the outcome of some work you have carried out?

  73. Bhavani February 5, 2015 at 12:39 am #

    ThankYou Sandra. This questions and answers are very helpful. Haven’t seen any other websites providing so well structured answers and examples.

    – Bhavani

  74. Dal B February 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    Sandra. Thank you. I recently lost my job due to reorganization, haven’t interviewed over 5 years. The Questions and responses you have provided have been very useful as I am preparing for interviews. I have one tomorrow.

  75. Mahful February 21, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    Hi Sandra, this is a very nice article. Thank you. Now I’m a software engineer and I’m going to do a track change to IT Project management. I have an interview for that. What’s the answer would you recommend me to give when the interviewer asks , why do you want to become a Project Manager?

    • sandra February 26, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

      Why do you want to become a PM? 🙂
      You could answer: I would like to get out of software development / technical area and change my career into Project Management. I’ve been very successful in my current job, but now is the time that I would like to try something different. I’ve always enjoyed organising, managing and prioritising my work and activities and now I would like to formalise this. I’ve talked to several PM’s, read information about Project Management on the internet and I’m confident and excited to start my new career in this profession….

  76. Yanu February 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Sandra

    All your answers are awesome. Thank you for your time .

    Could you please answer these two questions below

    What is something you have learned from your experience that has surfaced repeatedly if you do not follow your own guidelines or rules ?

    Are there any that fell out of favour with you and if so why

    Thank you
    Yanu

  77. Nanthini February 23, 2015 at 1:06 am #

    Hi some one help me with this interview question?
    1)Are there any that fell out of favour with you and if so why?
    2)What is something you have learned from your experience that has surfaced repeatedly if you do not follow your own guidelines or rules?
    Please give an answer for me

    • sandra February 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

      Heya,
      When answering those questions, always make sure you have a ‘lesson’ learned in there. For example

      You could mentioned a disagreement with your college, or an event, which didn’t go well: for example: you highlighted everything in green in terms of project health in your project status report – however you knew that you had some serious problems with the testing. When presenting your report at the steering committee, stakeholder were explicitly asking why your project is in green as they heard that the testing is not going well. You had to admit your mistake. Your lessons learned is: make sure that your project documentation is up to date and if you have problems, ask your sponsor or stakeholder for help.

  78. Catherine March 8, 2015 at 5:07 am #

    Hi Sandra I also need help I have interview Monday ay call centre contant I don’t know what to expect and how to answer

  79. Benedict Okafor March 13, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi Sandra,
    I enjoyed this very important and resourceful interview blog and I will commend you on your good effort at helping others with their interview preparation. Please keep up the good work!
    Benedict

  80. Raymond Simplice March 14, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Hi Sandra,

    You’ve done a fantastic job! I’ll get your e-book to support your work. I appreciate your simple answers, combined with succinct explanations.

  81. Mitra March 17, 2015 at 2:53 am #

    Sandra – Thank you for this detailed Question/Answer set. They are great and I’m sure I will be using it during my interviews.

  82. Alpa April 17, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    Thanks Sandra…really nice answers to the common questions!! Great help!!

  83. Abba May 12, 2015 at 8:33 am #

    we would be grateful if you could inform us of any changes to your own situation

  84. tina June 1, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    Can I have this ebook sent to my email? I tried to purchase, but I don’t know how to pay by visa. I am from Canada. I would like the online copy not the hard copy if possible.

  85. Naga June 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Hi Sandra,
    Thank you very much. The questions and answers are crisp and clear.

    I do have one question.
    Most of the time PM’s find out they have burnt more budget but not enough work happened at the same time. In such cases what action can a PM takes in order to bring the project on track ?

  86. samir shah June 4, 2015 at 4:23 am #

    Dear Sandra,

    This is a wonderful blog. I am interesting to buying your PDF but it is showing at 14.99$. Please help 🙂

  87. samir June 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    I would like buy your E Book, it says $7.99 as special offer but when I add to cart price is getting changed to 14. So how can I get this book as special offer.

    • sandra June 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      Hey Samir,

      I just changed the price to reflect the sales. Any questions, please let me know.
      Sandra

  88. Nathan Harrison June 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Thanks sandra. These questions/answers are really good and helpful. can you help me to answer these questions:
    1. Can you tell me about a time when you had to use your own initiative?
    2. What was the last mistake you made at work and what did you do to correct it?
    3.What are your development areas?
    Thanks
    Nathain

  89. Carl June 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    Thank you so much
    I have an interview tomorrow this is very helpful

  90. Bongekile July 23, 2015 at 4:06 am #

    Great questions and answers simple and straight forward. They will help me in my interview. If I may asked how can you answer this question. Tell me about your contribution in the community.

  91. RP August 21, 2015 at 6:44 am #

    Great PM interview questions and answers – Thank you so much

  92. Jax September 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    Hi Sandra – Many thanks for your interview Q &A, very helpful. Wanted to know how to answer this interview question which was asked in one of my interview.

    Q: The project that you will work may not have the required resources sometime, how will you handled this situation?

    A: I aswered that, when I did my effort estimation and resource loading, I would haveprojected the resource requirement and would have got agreeement from all parties on their availability and their % work allocaiton. If the resource dont make themselves available, I will raise this as an issue and try to sort it myself if not will raise it with my senior management to sort it.

    Is there a better way to answer this question?

    Thanks
    Jax

  93. Richard October 5, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    Hi Sandra, I stumbled over to find your blog that I will be honest to say its so helpful and educative.
    Want to ask if you can recommend a similar Q&A for Business Analyst and Software Testing interviews?
    Thank you
    Rich

    • Hauwa Ali December 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

      Your Answer Are very helpful thank you

  94. BPercy December 15, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    Great Questions and answers that are very helpful.

  95. Mohammed December 28, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    Sandra, I respect you lot, this blog is what verily needed. How proud the team, which works under your leadership. thanks and Wishes for Christmas 2015…

  96. Madhu January 14, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

    Hi Sandra,
    Great information… Thank you.
    I have two questions: How to answer them. Please help with your answers…

    Regards,

    Madhu

    1. How would your colleagues or team members describe you ?
    2. How would your Manager describe you ?

  97. vivek January 15, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    I was asked that what will i do to set governance for very large program, which has multiple service lines, many different technologies and spread over multiple locations with @ 100 team member,

  98. Priyanka April 5, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    Great help Sandra!! Thanks a ton..

  99. Priyanka April 6, 2016 at 2:10 am #

    Great content! Thanks a lot.

  100. fatima ikram May 18, 2016 at 2:01 am #

    tell me about some questions on this topic”Cost Analysis in context of change management in software development

  101. Bikram May 22, 2016 at 5:59 am #

    Hi Sandra…Thanks a lot for all these precise and thoughtful answers. I was surfing many sites to get them but was not able to. Finally got most of my answers on your page.Thanking you once again. God bless you !!

  102. SEITEBALENG DIPUO MPULE June 6, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

    Hi, i’m so glad about what i have read about interviews. i have just applied for Chief Accounts Officer 1 so i need information about the chief accounts officer

  103. Swati June 9, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    Hi Sandra,

    Great blog !
    Well structured and organised.
    Truly appreciate

    btw, is there pdf copy of the book available online for sale or is it only compatible o kindle app? I am looking forward to purchase.
    Thanks

  104. Natasha September 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

    Hi Sandra…. My name is Natasha Kauri and I am applying for a Coordinator Indigenous Tenancy Project in Bathurst and I have no idea what this job entails, I’ve read the job description and the essential skills for the position but I’m not sure how to answer them

  105. Tiffany September 20, 2016 at 4:18 am #

    Hi Sandra… I stumbled across this blog. I am new to PM and I have an upcoming interview about migrating systems within HR department. I’ve worked on many projects beforehand at previous company, but I was always brought into the project in the middle. Like process mapping, but struggled with the gathering information for an effective process mapping. I have experience with HRIS tools on a transactional side and have participated in HRIS implementations that included testing system and validating data. Now this interview will be an enhancement to my skill set but wanting to know if you have a tip or answer to this question that may be asked:

    1.) What steps would you take in leading the transition to a new HRIS system?

    I very much appreciate your response.
    Tiffany

  106. Priyanka October 11, 2016 at 7:03 am #

    HI Sandra, this site is very helpful!

  107. Basavaraju October 24, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

    Sandra, This questionnaire is very informative and useful. Your effort in preparing it is greatly appreciated!

  108. Polly Jones November 2, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    Hi Sandra,
    Quite possibly the best blog I’ve read so helpful- THANK YOU
    I work in Event Management and Sales- could you please help me with these two questions below

    1.Outline your experience dealing with sensitive issues, confidentiality and/or conflicts of interest.

    2.Describe a situation where you proactively managed the expectations of a sponsor or stakeholder to avoid a potentially negative outcome.

    Any examples would be so greatly appreciated

    Thank you in advance
    Polly

  109. Jay December 8, 2016 at 1:09 am #

    Hi Susan, thanks so much for these questions. The way you structured the answers along with providing the back story/background is absolutely fantastic. I used this to prep and I got the job. I have passed this link on to many of my friends and contacts. Indeed God bless you.

  110. Jay December 8, 2016 at 1:11 am #

    Susan? sorry I meant Sandra. My apologies, was just really excited and in a hurry to say thank you.

  111. Emmanuel Adebiyi January 8, 2017 at 5:32 am #

    Hi Sandra, this is awesome, there is one question i do find difficult to answer, what is your approach to risk management

  112. SN January 31, 2017 at 4:36 am #

    Hi, Thank you so much for Q&A. they are great.
    do you have an answer for this question, Tell us why project management matters.

    Thank you so much for your help

  113. vipul February 27, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    thanks sandra

  114. Anil April 23, 2017 at 3:51 am #

    Thank you madam…very good questions and answers …Appreciate it.

    Are there any similiar questions of QA Manager ? It really helps me 🙂

    • sandra April 23, 2017 at 8:48 am #

      Thank you for the feedback, Anil 😉

  115. AJ May 3, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

    Hello Sandra – how would you answer these questions. 1. Describe a project that you were leading that did not have a successful outcome. What did you learn from the experience?

  116. Rose Thompson May 12, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    Hi Sandra – I would like to get a copy of your Project Manager Interview Questions And Answers ebook. Is it still available? My email address is ‘Rose@iFamilyFirst.Com’

  117. Sylvia Nkadimeng June 27, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

    Thank you Sandra for the guide, please help currently i’m secretary going for a PA interview my question is how do you answer a question on budget( how will you monitor budget in your section) I don’t do. I get but hopefully you’ll assist me on this one.

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