Project Manager Interview Questions and Answers
Question 1: Do you have experience of delivering a range of projects of differing levels of complexity?
[SITUATION] I have a track record of delivering a range of projects all with differing constraints; [TASK] I have had to deliver these projects to time and scope with different resources [ACTION] this has been achieved through following and adapting formal project management techniques and practices such as Prince 2. Each project, due to their differing nature, has required the application of different levels of techniques. [RESULT] As my CV demonstrates I have delivered a range of projects successfully including _______.
Question 2: Are you able to manage competing deadlines at the same time?
[SITUATION] In my last role I was successful in managing projects with competing deadlines. [TASK] For example last year I led on 3 projects which all had to be delivered before the end of the financial year. [ACTION] I was able to keep on to of multiple assignments by creating detailed project plans and regularly reviewing progress against them. I prioritised my time in advance so that I knew what, when, and how each aspect of the project was due. [RESULT] Using these techniques I successfully delivered all 3 projects to time and scope.
Answering Project Manager Interview Questions and Answers – Standouty’s STAR Methodology
All of our Project Manager Interview Questions and Answers are based on the STAR method. This is recognised across the industry as the BEST method for answering interview questions. If used well the panel will be unaware of its use but consider your answer to be well constructed, methodical and just plain AMAZING.
The STAR Technique involves constructing your answer in the following way:
Set the context of your answer. Tell the panel, where, when and why this situation came to be. For example, “Whilst working in my current role, we were holding an event in which 100 plus people were due to attend any minute. That’s when I was notified the caterers weren’t able to make it.”
What did you have to do. For example, “I had to organise alternative caterers and without the guests knowing. The failure of the event would have been a disaster for the company.”
What did you actually do. For example, “I spoke to the venue owner and we identified other caterers who may be able to help at short notice. I contacted all of them and identified one who could cater the event albeit one hour later than planned.”
How did the situation play out. For example, “Catering was provided in line with guest expectations. The evening, after this initial hiccup, went seamlessly. I was congratulated by the senior managers for sorting out what could have been a catastrophe.”
Constructing your answers in this way will ensure you fully address the question / scenario given and the criteria the panel are measuring you against.
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