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What questions do you ask when interviewing a Project Manager?
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Interesting relection to start 2017

What questions do you ask when interviewing a Project Manager?
What questions you’ve been asked when interviewed as a Project Manager?
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Some questions Taken from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/21-top-inte...ager-job-teresa by Teresa Holladay

Questions

1. Tell me a little bit about your career path, how did you move into Project Management?

2. Who were your mentors as you entered Project Management? What did you learn from them?

3. What do you feel is the value of a good Project Manager (PM)?

4. What would you say is the most important skill of a PM and why?

5. How do you keep up your skills in Project Management?

6. What are your favorite aspects of being a PM?

7. Describe one of your most challenging projects? Why was it
challenging and how did you pull the project through it?

8. What is your exposure to [Agile, SDLC, or whatever other methodology used on your projects]

9. What is your exposure to [the industry for which I’m interviewing]?

10. Tell me about the kinds of performance metrics you use to see if the project is on track?

11. Tell me about a time when you moved a project into yellow or red status? How did you report on it? How did you get it back to green?

12. Tell me about a time when you encountered a serious conflict and how you dealt with it.

13. What projects have you managed and what different styles have you used? [Waterfall, Agile, strong leadership, self-organizing teams -- looking for how flexible and adaptable candidate might be]

14. Tell me about how you approach Risk management on a new project

15. How do you handle a situation where the client does not want to surface and address Risk?

16. How do you hold a team accountable for quality, not quantity?

17. How do you deal with client employees with low motivation or low skills?

18. Tell me about a failure and what you learned from it.

19. Tell me about a do-over in your career?

20. What would your peers and past supervisor tell me about you?

21. Tell me about a personal legacy that you created on one of your projects.
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Hello George,

You can also refer -

"The Project Manager's Little Book of Cheats" by Beth Spriggs

https://www.projectmanagement.com/articles...-of-Cheats--Q-A
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Hi George,

beginning of last year I interviewed some individuals for a PM job in my team. While I did ask some of the questions above and had some of them answered w/o my having to ask, this is what we did as the most important part of the interviews: A 15 min role play with some of the team members for which we had created and rehearsed a small, but typical and realistic everyday scenario. After 10 min of preparation we actually saw how the candidate gathered the necessary data, made the plan and assigned responsibilities, handled the eager-beaver and the grumpy team mate, and while following through took care of an organizational impediment and made an on-the-spot decision regarding a contingency when some unforeseen issue threatened the deadline. It was fun for the team and finally we hired a really great guy.
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2 replies by George Lewis and Vincent Guerard
Jan 03, 2017 7:02 PM
George Lewis
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Thilo - Interesting approach...
Jan 04, 2017 6:58 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Interesting. The simulation was build internally?
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Hi George,

The nature of the questions that the last hiring managers made me, were directly linked to the interviewer things like his/her professionally, knowledge of the role of background and other skills.

On the one hand, I have answered questions as you mentioned, directly related to the world of project management, and on the other hand, I have received questions based on the lack of knowledge of project manager role or position.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jan 03, 2017 7:02 PM
George Lewis
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Hi Maria - I see you've been on both sides of the role play. Great input.
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Jan 03, 2017 2:38 PM
Replying to Thilo Wack
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Hi George,

beginning of last year I interviewed some individuals for a PM job in my team. While I did ask some of the questions above and had some of them answered w/o my having to ask, this is what we did as the most important part of the interviews: A 15 min role play with some of the team members for which we had created and rehearsed a small, but typical and realistic everyday scenario. After 10 min of preparation we actually saw how the candidate gathered the necessary data, made the plan and assigned responsibilities, handled the eager-beaver and the grumpy team mate, and while following through took care of an organizational impediment and made an on-the-spot decision regarding a contingency when some unforeseen issue threatened the deadline. It was fun for the team and finally we hired a really great guy.
Thilo - Interesting approach...
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Jan 03, 2017 3:05 PM
Replying to Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Hi George,

The nature of the questions that the last hiring managers made me, were directly linked to the interviewer things like his/her professionally, knowledge of the role of background and other skills.

On the one hand, I have answered questions as you mentioned, directly related to the world of project management, and on the other hand, I have received questions based on the lack of knowledge of project manager role or position.
Hi Maria - I see you've been on both sides of the role play. Great input.
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What are your values?
What value can you bring to the company?
How long would it take for you to make a significant contribution to our company?
Do not you think your qualifications or experience are way above the position we have to offer?
What is your managerial style?
  Describe a situation in which you had a difficult problem and how you solved it.
As a project manager, what do you look for when hiring employees?
Have you ever had to fire someone? How did you approach the situation?
What is the most difficult task as manager or coordinator?
Describe some tasks that you have worked under pressure.
Talk about some goal you were unable to achieve on your last job.
Could you describe a situation where your work was criticized?
What have you learned from your mistakes?
What important trends would you implement in our company?
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I will discuss his experience rather than interviewing him with pre-decided questions. Which are mostly known to everyone and smart people has well scripted answers. I believe to gauge real potential sometimes you have to follow non-conventional approach. Position itself is for some artist who should know scientific approaches to perform such sophisticated art. I would prefer to give him driving seat and understand the way he present himself and present his work. If he will be interested to secure the job, he should have an idea of our business needs (to hire a project manager) by carefully reading the JD and doing some research about our business and culture. Project Manager is someone who is strategist , director and critique. So, its very important for me to let him present himself rather answering to my well known questions.
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Tell me about a PM risk you took and what was the reward?
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