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5 It Project Manager Interview Questions and Answers

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Q:

How did you select team members for your IT projects?

A:

An IT project manager cultivates talent and identifies the exact needs for the project. They also establish what skills are needed to complete each phase of the project. Your company needs a candidate that understands how to match skills sets to the project demands and assign tasks as outlined in the project plan. He or she identifies talent that has a proven track record of completing milestones and presenting deliverables on time. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience identifying the requirements of IT projects
  • Cultivates talent for teams by matching skills sets
  • Experience hiring team members for special projects

Example:

"I identified each requirement for the IT project and evaluated new talent with matching skills for each position on the team."

Q:

Why are training programs vital after the integration of your information systems' designs into a company's infrastructure?

A:

An IT project manager sets up training courses for all workers who use new systems integrated into a company's infrastructure. A candidate that understands the benefits of training knows that companies need access to the services quickly, and training the workers is the best way to achieve the objective. He or she has experience with all IT systems and has the skills to create a training program for their developments. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience integrating new systems into commercial infrastructures
  • Experience creating training programs for workers after new IT systems are installed
  • Experience training workers and testing their skills with new systems

Example:

"Training programs are beneficial for companies and prevent delays. It is vital for workers to complete training on new systems as it increases productivity and gives the company the benefits of the new integrations immediately."

Q:

What type of network is best suited for a company that has offices in multiple locations?

A:

An IT project manager knows that a WAN, or wide-area network, will accommodate the network needs of an organization with multiple offices in different geographical regions. The design is best for extending the network great distances and providing the company with dedicated internet and business services. You want an IT manager who understands the difference in network designs, has experience designing company networks and has the skills to create a better solution for your company when scaling. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience in network administration
  • Network design skills for large organizations
  • Experience scaling commercial networks into new geographical regions

Example:

"A wide-area network provides dedicated telecommunications networks for organizations with multiple locations that are separated by great distances. The design provides a more cost-effective solution for businesses, too."

Q:

Why is it important to conduct a feasibility study for all IT projects?

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An IT project manager conducts a feasibility test when a project proposal is under consideration. The study shows if the project has a chance for success and if it presents your company with a financial hardship. The cost and potential outcome of the project are studied closely. Probabilities that hinder the project are included in the study. The project manager's findings determine if the project is right for your company and whether they are economically justified. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience creating feasibility reports for IT projects
  • Understands the importance of waste prevention
  • Superior presentation skills

Example:

"A feasibility study establishes if the proposed IT project is a viable solution and is economically justifiable for the company, or if the project requires more research."

Q:

How did you handle sudden IT project changes requested by clients?

A:

An IT project manager that understands how changes affect the project outcome and advocates against changes that aren't viable. The project manager has the skills to complete changes as requested by clients if the changes are feasible and won't create a negative outcome for the total project. He or she understands how to implement changes and adjust the project plan, milestones, and deliverables to accommodate the changes. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience with sudden IT project changes
  • Remains professional in high-stress environments
  • Manages budgetary constraints and updates clients about costs

Example:

"I set up meetings with clients to discuss changes and evaluated the impact of the changes in terms of budgetary constraints and the project's outcome."

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