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Project Management Screening Interview

Has anyone been "screened" by a PMP during an interview process? If so, has it been one's experience that they focus on scenarios, or do they focus on something else? Thank you.
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Steven -

Nearly all of the times I've interviewed or been interviewed for PM roles, the questions have mostly been scenario oriented. In some cases, I've used fictitious business cases and asked the candidates to prepare and present a set of recommendations to an "executive steering committee".


Ours focus on scenarios from your personal history. They ask you to describe a time when you had to handle a particular kind of situation, what did you do, and what was the outcome. They might be problem solving, ethics, conflict resolution, or whatever they see is critical to the position. The nice thing is if you've picked out some personal experiences where you were really able to shine, it's an opportunity to sell your work experience.

In most of the cases where I looked into scenarios which cover to stakeholder analysis and information gathering, requirements gathering, scope, cost, schedule, quality and Risk, because these 6 factors are main/base to make project successful and how a person/PM is able to handle these cases/scenarios in his professional history.

It depends on that person and situation. there is no general rule. you better be prepared for everything. I do suggest to gather some information about the projects they are doing or they are going to initiate.

Thanks all for the feedback and guidance; it's greatly appreciated.

Like many others, my interviews, as a giver and a receiver, tend to fall into the categories of experience ("tell me the most difficult challenge you faced") and situations ("how would you handle a demanding customer?").

The nice thing of being more experienced is that you can turn situational questions into experience questions ("funny you should ask... I had this very problem on one of my previous project").

Do remember that there are usually no right answer to situational questions. What the interviewer is looking for is your thought process and problem resolution skills.

As mentioned before, it depends on the company and what kind of project they want you for. A end-to-end project needs a different kind of PM than a "problem project". What it boils down to, and what they usually tend to focus on is: Will this candidate be able to get the job done? And : Do we want to work with this person?

Hi Steven,

Needless to mention more than what the stalwarts have already mentioned, whatever be the type of interview, most importantly, be truthful.

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