12 questions project managers should be prepared for in a job interview

Project management job interviews can be more stressful than the new job itself. Most candidates expect to talk about their strengths, weaknesses, skills and methodology as a PM. But to truly be prepared when walking into that next PM interview, be ready to answer these difficult questions.

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By itself, the title of project manager can be a bit misleading in terms of the responsibilities and level of accountability involved. Make no mistake about it, though, a PM is a leadership role, and as such project managers should think and act as leaders, always factoring in high level business goals and objectives. With this in mind, be prepared to answer a few broad, complex questions around business strategy, objectives and leadership.

Question 1: What do you think your role is as a project manager in terms of achieving company-wide business objectives?

Before your next interview, spend time doing some research in preparation for your response:

  • Research the industry the business resides in.
  • Research the nature of the business, its activities, products/services, stakeholders, etc.
  • Review the business vision, mission statement, short-term and long-term objectives.
  • Search for information on the management team and overall business culture.
  • Determine how your role as a project manager and leader may impact that particular business, and in turn, also how it may be impacted by that business.
  • Think about how you can best utilize your training and experience to advance the overall business objectives.
  • Picture yourself working within the business to envision your role.

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