Interview questions for project managers

  1. What does project management mean to you?
  2. What was a valuable lesson you learned from a project, and how did you (or will you) apply it to future projects?
  3. What do you do to handle conflicts within a project team?
  4. Tell us about one success and one failure you’ve had on projects.
  5. Why do you feel you’re qualified for this position?
  6. How would you handle a project that’s offtrack or stalled?
  7. What characteristics do you bring to this position?
  8. How do you deal with a non-team player or difficult team member?
  9. If priorities change, what do you do?
  10. How do you see yourself in the role of project manager?
  11. What do you do when there is conflict about the P, C, T, S targets?
  12. How would you handle misinformation from team members?
  13. Describe what a successful project is.
  14. Suppose there is a change in expectations of a key stakeholder to your project.  What would you do?
  15. What do you do when you feel that senior management is setting unobtainable project goals?
  16. In a project in which team efforts seem to be heading in the wrong direction, what actions would you take to correct the situation?

Source: The World Class Project Manager, Robert Wysocki and James Lewis, 2001.