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PM Interview Questions

I have an interview for a PM Position; I have been doing PM work for a few years but was promoted into that position from a development role. I have never interviewed for a PM Position before. I know they will ask about my work experience but I have no clue what “Standard” PM Questions they will ask or what to expect…

Any one here been on a bunch of PM Interviews and would like to share some of the more common questions\ types of questions? Any other advice?

PS: I bought the PMBOK and read though it… I don’t know if that will help but it can’t hurt.
PM
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
 
 
By coincidence I'm interviewing a PM candidate tomorrow!
David Aldridge Send private email
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
 
 
How do you deal with difficult subordinates?

How do you deal with difficult executives?

How do you keep motivation high on your team?
Mike S Send private email
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
 
 
David...

Great! What are you going to ask?
PM
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
 
 
Some standard things I want to know when hiring a PM:

a. Skills in requirements gathering - I would want to know the approach and diligence.

b. Effort estimation - how the candidate will do this. His past experience and techniques.

c. Project planning - work dependencies, parallel tasks, resource billings, cost and budget estimations, critical paths

d. Issues and Risk management - approach and how the candidate will handle these

e. Communication - verbal and written, up and down the totem pole.

f. Problem solving, conflict resolution


Not a complete list, but I would like to cover the above.
K.O
Thursday, May 03, 2007
 
 
Somebody posted some Microsoft PM question here just 2 months ago from today.

http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?joel.3.459603.16
TravisO Send private email
Thursday, May 03, 2007
 
 
The questions Travis linked to, are representive of PRODUCT management.

The questions K.O. suggested are representive of PROJECT management. My experiences are not representive of everyone else, but the people above you are largely going to be concerned with...

a) your budgeting, effort estimating and scheduling skills.

b) your ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences, ranging from management to customers.

The people reporting to you are going to be concerned with...

a) your overall people management skills (as hiring/firing) and fairness.

b) your technical competancy, ignorance and the degree to which you'll boast of it.

c) your willingness to solve their problems (as in buying tools, setting policies and doing their paperwork).

But again, I'm assuming you're referring to projects and not products.
TheDavid
Thursday, May 03, 2007
 
 

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