Project Management Interview Questions + Answers

Adriana Girdler

Examples that will help prepare you for your project management interview! If you’re looking for a role as a project manager and are preparing for …

Examples that will help prepare you for your project management interview!

If you’re looking for a role as a project manager and are preparing for interviews as a result, you need to know exactly what questions to expect. These questions will give you a starting point and help you prepare accurate and effective answers for your project management interviews!

What are the most important skills of a project manager and why?

This question is asked so that they can see if you understand the fundamentals of project management and what goes beyond the fundamentals.

The best way to answer this question is to talk about the framework of project management, like the high-level five stages. Additionally, you should focus on leadership and how you lead people. Mention the fact that the people involved in a given project will determine the success of the project, and then talk about your strategies for how you would lead those people.

Have you worked in this industry before?

If you’ve worked in the industry that you’re applying to, then you can highlight your experiences.

If you haven’t worked in that industry before, that’s okay! What you need to do is share with them how the fundamentals of project management translate across industries because you use Subject Matter Experts to get the work done anyways – it’s really your leadership that matters.

How do you keep your team motivated?

With this question, make sure that you’re not giving examples of micromanaging, but also don’t make it seem like you’re removed and don’t do anything to motivate your team.

Remember, project management is about people, so you need to highlight how you motivate your team to get everything accomplished.

What do you do first when it comes to motivating your team? What are your expectations and change management principles? How do you set your team up for success and empower them? Any examples from your experience will be great to tie in.

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

More project management interview questions

There are plenty more project management questions that we could talk about for hours, but to help you prepare effectively I’ve made a video that goes through a few more of the most common project management interview questions and how to answer them. Follow me over to YouTube to see that!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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