Top 25 PMP Interview Questions and Answers in 2020
Try and recollect all the times you had to give an exam. Everyone at some point came out of the exam hall and instantly remembered the answer to a question they skipped. Sometimes, you spotted an obvious mistake the moment you handed over your answer sheet and cannot change it. As bad as you felt about it, it is not much you can do about it. This is because of the stress and pressure of the test. For most people, interviews cause the same effect.
Though we cannot predict every question you will have to face, we are giving you a list of 25 frequently asked questions to help you excel. Being able to answer on an auto-pilot mode will help you with the stress levels and you will perform better overall. There are the initial greetings and telling them about your profile that we are not included, but this list will help you fight the big monsters that will come your way.
Here Are A Few Grenades That You Can Carry With You:
- What Do You Think Are The Best Characteristics Of A Project Manager?
This might be one of the first questions you will encounter and it is a trick question. Remember, you are here for an interview, so when answering make sure you include everything they are looking for. You can say that a good PM should be able to identify the talent and skill of the team all the while maintaining a balance between budget, quality, resources, and risks.
- Define A Stakeholder.
This is the guy that signs your paychecks. Anyone who has will be impacted by the outcome of the project is a stakeholder. Hence it is important to understand their needs while executing a project.
- How Does A Company Influence A Project?
You need to take into account that every company comes with certain restrictions and a set of rules. While you are setting a layout for the project you need to keep in mind the standards of the company and the do’s and don’ts under the particular umbrella.
- Explain The Project From The Start To End.
Each project has its own layout to be prepared. Generally speaking, there is a planning phase before the kick-off, then there is the execution phase, and lastly, the closing where the project is completed in an organized manner.
- What Is The Baseline Of A Project?
A baseline is a map outlined with the details of schedules, resource requirements, communication, hierarchy, etc. In short, this is a pocket guide for the entire project.
- Why Do You Think You Can Be A Good PM?
Remember to include the job description that was given to you. You can say that you are a good team player as well as a good leader. With your ability to access the skill and talents of your team, you can utilize the resources to reduce risks and dependencies on the project.
- Abbreviation Od RAID.
Risk, assumption, issues, and dependencies, in general, is known as RAID. The PM, at all points in time, has to be able to take the least risk options with the almost correct assumptions and must keep the issues and dependencies in mind that constrict the actions and outcomes.
- Explain SOW.
Statement of work, or SOW, part of the project is customer-centric and is designed to reflect the details of the product or the service that will be delivered by this project.
- Why Is There A Need For Work Breakdown Structure?
WBS defines clear boundaries and this eliminates overlapping and wasted resource hours. It also helps define definitive tasks and the time can be predicted more accurately.
- What Do You Think A Milestone Is?
Any part of the project that has been achieved or a result that was the objective of the project obtained can be termed as a milestone.
- What Is The Best Way To Represent A Project Time Schedule?
The Activity Scheduling network diagram gives a clear picture of everything that needs to be depicted and the milestone chart is supporting data to draw clearer boundaries.
- How Do You Define Effort Variance?
This is the effort estimated and the actual effort that is needed at the current citation. This calls for resource evaluations to stop latency.
- Where Do You Think The HR Comes Into The Picture?
The human resource team is responsible for putting together a team that is qualified to carry on the task at hand. They also need to keep track of performance for recognition and boosting the team morale.
- What Are The Types Of Risks That Could Come Your Way?
Depending on the project, various issues are starting from technical, external, internal, and organizational issues that could hinder the progress.
- How Would You Keep Track Of The Risks?
The risk registry will help record all the risks that have been identified and will also have a record of all the actions taken.
- Tell Us Something About The Best Ways To Get To The Root Cause With A Diagram.
The fishbone by far is the best method that can be deployed to analyze the cause and effect of any issue thereby leading us to the root cause.
- What Makes A PM Stand Out?
Being proactive is what creates the difference between a good and great Project Manager. Since there are issues and dependencies which could be bleeding the project and skyrocketing the costs and/or time, reaction time is crucial.
- Should Integrity And Professionalism Be The Top Priority For A PM?
Practice what you preach. Since a PM is in charge of a team, setting an example is paramount. Without this, the team morale will be highly impacted and this, in turn, will cause issues with the result.
- How Do You Deal With Changes?
There are always things that will need to be moved around. With this question, they are attempting to understand if you would be open to them and be quick to access the new grounds. Let them know that you are willing to tweak the process for the benefit of the project.
- How Will You Keep Your Team On Track Throughout The Project Timeline?
A single question to test your leadership capabilities. Be assertive and confident. You can say that you are understanding and supportive but you are also a tough taskmaster. Most importantly, you will stick by the rules yourself, this will ensure you set a good example and the team will follow suit.
- What Is The Best Way To Convey A Failure In A Project?
Never say you will discuss it in person with the person responsible for it. Choose to say that you will deal with it like any other dependency issue, where the entire team will be responsible for the setback and they will all work together to make sure this instance is never repeated.
- Tell Us About The Biggest Challenge You Faced During A Previous Project.
Please lose the instinct to complain about your boss being unsupportive or the infrastructure of the company. Instead, choose a time where there was a hurdle and explain how you helped the team get through it. Don’t shy away from bragging a little.
- If You Had An Option, What Kind Of Project Would You Pick?
As a thumb rule, do a little research about the company beforehand. You will know what kind of projects they deal with. This will help you talk about the project that there is an opening in.
- Was There A Situation Where Your Decision Was Challenged In The Past?
Saying no to this question is a mistake you should refrain from committing. Describe the situation and tell them how you took it. Not only will it create a good impression, but it will also facilitate them to see you as more open to feedback.
- How Do You Handle A Crisis?
One of the most important things they look for in a PM is the ability to stay calm in a crisis. Tell them that you are a level headed person that will look for the source and work towards eliminating it.
You can use the basics of this for any management role interviews. When stepping into a room for a dream job, it doesn’t hurt to have a few backup answers for the obvious questions. Good luck!