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What is first question would you a Project Manager if you interview them?



What is first question would you a Project Manager if you interview them?
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My question would be, "What is your most memorable failure and what learnings do you carry from the incident to ensure it never happens again?"

Most certified PMs prepare adequately for the other questions - but this forces them to be candid. It is a great type-1 rejection question -- people who have not managed any projects will not be able to come up with a meaningful answer while people who have put their noses to the grindstone for even one project should have a bunch of examples to talk about.
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1 reply by Kevin Drake
Feb 05, 2018 12:24 AM
Kevin Drake
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I agree with you, I was asked this question one time and I did not do well at all..



The first question would be: "What are the most important qualities of a project manager?



Feb 04, 2018 11:05 PM
Replying to Karan Shah
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My question would be, "What is your most memorable failure and what learnings do you carry from the incident to ensure it never happens again?"

Most certified PMs prepare adequately for the other questions - but this forces them to be candid. It is a great type-1 rejection question -- people who have not managed any projects will not be able to come up with a meaningful answer while people who have put their noses to the grindstone for even one project should have a bunch of examples to talk about.
I agree with you, I was asked this question one time and I did not do well at all..



"what makes you a great project manager?"



Thats really good question... I will ask that "what were the lessons learnt in previous projects to lead to success/failures" and " what makes you challenge to manage- wether its client or project?"



"What do you spend the most time doing each day in your projects?"
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1 reply by Samer Alhmdan
Feb 06, 2018 12:13 AM
Samer Alhmdan
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What is the right answer for that?



Are you able to run faster than project stakeholders when things go wrong?



I would want to know their story; How they became a PM, why, and what makes them unique.



Samer -

Karan's question is my usual default, but my runner up is "What do you do to stay current in the profession?". This helps me understand whether a candidate is investing in themselves. I usually follow that up with "What's the last book you read and when did you read it?".

Kiron



Thank you everyone for valuable inputs, still looking for more shared stories and ideas.
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