I’ve been laid off 5 times.
I’ve been through resume and interview classes and courses, have interviewed over 200 people for positions, and interviewed for over 50 positions myself in my career.
I’m not a theorist with this. I’ve got a lot of experience with interviewing. More than most I think. I put all that and much more into my PM Career Coaching newsletter, which you should sign up for now to the right.
For management and project management, here are some of my favorite questions to ask. I prefer open-ended questions, and I EXPECT to hear specific examples that illustrate the candidate’s experience.
- Tell us about your experience in managing different projects and how this can contribute to our position.
- How do you handle non-productive team members?
- How do you motivate team members who are burned out, or bored?
- What have you learned from your failures?
- Give me an example of a win-win situation you have negotiated.
- Tell me about a tough decision you had to make.
- Describe how you recently managed a diverse project team towards a common goal.
- Describe the most complex project you have managed from start to finish.
- How do you handle team members who come to you with their personal problems?
- Give me an example of a stressful situation you have been in. How did you handle it?
- What are your career goals? How do you see this job affecting your goals?
- Why are you interested in this position?
- What do you believe qualifies you for this position?
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