What defines a project – what are the major characteristics? (What is the definition of a project)?
What are the three constraints to project management?
What kind of projects have you managed in terms size (people, $, departments) and scope?
What tools have you used to plan and manage the schedule?
If they’ve used a project scheduling tool, to what extent have they used it? (I.e. how many resources, how many tasks, what level of detail, used dependencies, etc?)
How do you measure progress on your projects?
What other tools do you use to manage projects and for what purpose?
Have you been responsible for creating status reports for your project? How did you collect the information from people who contributed to the project?
Have you estimated work? How did you do it? What processes are you aware of?
How do you manage scope change / scope-creep?
Do you see yourself as a team manager or a client manager? What’s the difference?
Have you used a formal methodology to manage your projects? What methodologies have you used / are you familiar with?
Describe your management style? How would your team describe you? Is your style effective?
Tell me about the most difficult project you managed. Why was it challenging? What did you do to overcome those challenges? What was the result?
Tell me about a time when you had particularly difficult people involved on your project – either as part of the team or users. What did you do to create a good working atmosphere for the team? What was the result?
(skills: leadership, team building, team work, mentoring, issue resolution)
Tell me about a project that experienced significant change (to scope, deadlines, or budget). How did you deal with the change? What course of action was taken? What was the result?
(skills: leadership, change management, client management)
Tell me about a project you managed that went particularly well. Were you involved from beginning to end? What factors contributed to it being such a success? What did you do specifically to help it be successful?
(skills: leadership, aware of criteria for a good project, utilized strong PM tools and techniques)
Tell me about a time when you were responsible for starting a project. What were all of the things you had to put in place to get the project off the ground? What was the outcome?
(skills: leadership, project planning, estimating, team organization)
What types of solutions and or technologies have been utilized on your projects? Did the type of solution or technology affect how you did your job?
(Want to understand if they have experience with the types of solutions we deliver)