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Project Management Interview Questions




Below is a collection of Project Management interview questions. They include questions on project management topics such as project scope, budgets and deadlines, managing projects and risks.

They are suitable for the following job roles:

  • Project Manager
  • PRINCE2 Consultant
  • ITIL Consultant
  • IT Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Infrastructure Project Manager
  • Software Project Manager


We wrote these questions for other IT professionals to help them practice for their next interview or technical test. They are suitable for both consultants, temp staff or full time permanent roles.

If the organisation is using Project Management then these questions should help you out..

Interview Questions


1. Although projects differ from one organization to another, they should all follow common guidelines. Which of the following is NOT considered a common guideline for defining a project?

The desired result does not need to be identified
Project activities should be related
Project goals and deadlines are specific
A project is an exception to the normal day to day tasks

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2. Which of the following question is NOT likely to be included in the initial project scope?

What should be the outcome of the project
What skills and number of resources are required by the project
What problems will be encountered and solved
What is the purpose of the project

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3. Which of the following questions should be part of an initial project scope?

All of these
What is the purpose of this project
What is my responsibility as project manager
What are the deadlines

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4. As project manager, areas of responsibility should not be difficult to define. You should have a clear idea of which team members will take care of which areas, and where they will work together. Which of the following is a method of arriving at project definition?

Individuals
All of these
Phases
Type of work

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5. In the real world some project are under budget and against an unrealistic deadline. This is sometimes because of a change of management or poor project scoping. To help compensate a tight deadline, which technique could you use?

Execute phases concurrently, even if original plan as a consecutive approach
Execute phases consecutively from larger to smaller phases
Assign all resources to smaller phases first
None of these

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6. Staying on schedule and meeting the deadline is the responsibility of?

All members of the project
The project manager
Collectively, the managers of each department involved in the project
The resources assigned to the phase which is deemed critical

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7. Which of the following devices is an common tool for managing a project?

Histogram
Bubble chart
Funnel chart
Gantt chart

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8. You have been appointed as manager for a local government department. One of your first projects is to develop a one-year budget. Which of the following phases would occur first in the project?

Submit initial budget for review
Identify assumptions for each expense category
Submit the final budget report
Prepare the final departmental budget

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9. ___ is a method to analyze the involved tasks in completing a given project, especially the time needed to complete each task, and identifying the minimum time needed to complete the total project.

BCP
PERT
BIA
BCMS

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10. The essential technique for using CPM is to construct a model of the project that includes several factors. Which of the following is NOT one of these factors?

The time (duration) that each activity will take to completion
A list of all activities required to complete the project
The budget for each activity
The dependencies between the activities.

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11. A work breakdown structure (WBS) in project management and systems engineering, is a tool used to define and group a project's ___ in a way that helps organize and define the total work scope of the project

discrete work elements (or tasks)
budget requirements
resources and skill sets
issues and goals

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12. The ___ states that the WBS includes all of the work defined by the project scope and captures all deliverables – internal, external, interim – in terms of the work to be completed, including project management

Total margin rule
100% rule
Overall goal rule
Complete set rule

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13. Complete the two missing words from the paragraph below about risk management: In ideal risk management, a prioritization process is followed whereby the risks with the ___ loss and the greatest probability of occurring are handled first, and risks with ___ probability of occurrence and lower loss are handled in descending order

greatest, lower
least, lower
least, higher
greatest, higher

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14. Which one of the following is NOT a category commonly associated with managing risks?

Avoidance
Retention
Reduction
Aptitude

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15. What does the Cost Accrual Ratio represent?

total average cost per task per unit time
total average cost per person per unit time
total average cost per milestone per unit time
total average cost per phase per unit time

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