Project Manager Interview Questions

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Are you a project manager with an interview on your schedule? Be prepared to answer a combination of behavioral and situational-based interview questions aimed at revealing your leadership, communication, and organizational skills.

Be prepared to provide examples of difficult team members we've worked with, unsuccessful projects you've been a part of, and your project management failures and successes.

For this position, interviewers want to know you are a natural leader who works well with others.

Below is a list of frequently asked interview questions for project manager positions. Take the time to practice, and even record, your responses.

Project Manager Interview Questions

What are the most important qualities of a project manager?

What specific training have you had that would be relevant to this project manager job?​

If you had to rate project management as a career, from 1-10, how would you rate it?

Do you have any certifications?

Tell me about the projects you have managed.

Tell me about a full project life cycle? What is included?

Which project management software and tools do you prefer using? Why?

What project management methodologies are you most familiar with?

How do you plan a schedule for a project?

How do you allocate resources?

How do you handle office politics?

How do you prefer to provide status updates?

What is the best way to set up and manage an interdepartmental team?

How do you motivate a team?

How do you handle a team member who isn’t productive?

When was the last time you didn’t delegate? What happened?

What was the most challenging about your last project?

What was the least challenging about your last project?

What type of contingency planning do you do?

How do you monitor and manage risks to the project?

How do you start a project?

What do you spend the most time doing each day?

Tell me how you schedule projects and establish timelines.

What is the most complicated project you have managed? How did you handle it?

How do you close a project?

Have you worked on a project that failed? What happened?

What was your most successful project?

What is the largest number of projects you have handled at any given time?

Do you prefer working on a single project or multiple projects at the same time?

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