UnitedHealth Group Project Manager/Senior Project Manager Interview Questions

Updated Aug 2, 2015
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at UnitedHealth Group (Minneapolis, MN) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Getting a job at United Health Group is a long process, but it can be done, so if you're interested in working here, don't give up. I applied online to a ton of open positions - they have dozens of open project management positions at any given time. For one of these positions, I received an email from UHG recruiting inviting me to a digital interview (this email went to my spam folder in Gmail, so CHECK THE SPAM!!!). Upon receipt of the email, you have 48 hours to complete the interview. The digital interview is awkward. I'm lucky enough in that I have a new desktop Mac with a webcam. This whole process would be tough to do on a tablet or smartphone. I thought I royally screwed the digital interview up, as I stumbled on my answers and didn't think I was articulate enough. It's very awkward talking to yourself. Keep in mind though, most of the other candidates also think it's awkward, so if you blunder through some of the questions, don't fret too much. And SMILE! The questions are pretty easy -- very basic interview questions ("Tell me why you want to work here" "describe one of the projects you managed") and there's only 5 of them but again, it's awkward! Make sure you dress up (I work my suit) and be mindful of any background clutter. Apparently they liked me enough to proceed to the next round. The next round consisted of two phone interviews -- one with HR and one with the hiring manager. My hiring manager was located across the country, so there would be no in-person with her. The hiring manager didn't ask me any silly interview questions - it was just a conversation about my skills. Again, I thought I bombed it, but I must've done well, as about a week and a half later, I was invited for an in-person interview with two team members. The in-person was a breeze. It didn't seem like an interview. I just had a conversation with two team members on-site, about what I'd be working on when I initially start the role. I knew I had the job when I left, as one of the team members said he would start the process with HR that afternoon. The next day, I had an offer from the UHG recruiter by phone. They make an offer, and THEN they do the paperwork after you accept -- it's background check by an outside firm and a drug test (pee in a cup). All in all, this whole process took about 2.5-3 months, from initial online app to my start date. It's a long process, but it's a huge company and if you want to work here, keep applying.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you leaving your current position   1 Answer
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at UnitedHealth Group (Minneapolis, MN) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied to a bunch of positions at UHG and ended up with 3 digital interviews so far. The first 2 I received an invitation to interview digitally on a Friday, which was great because I could do them on the weekend, stress free and relaxed. The 5 questions I was given for each were appropriate and interesting, not at all complex. It wasn't a negative process at all - just really odd and different. However, after about 3 weeks I was told the positions were "No longer available". Not sure if that means they were filled or just cancelled. For positions I applied for but did not received a digital interview with, I was told they selected someone else. The last digital interview I received was a on Wednesday, and you only have 48 hours to complete. That meant I had to work all day, deal with my family, and then finally make time to do the interview at 9-10 PM. I was exhausted and pretty sure I did not do my best because of it. On top of that, the questions were blasé, like the interviewer had no idea what a project manager did and was just trying to converse. If I had to do it again, I probably would have taken the afternoon off of work like a real face to face interview. Although, its kind of hard to justify using PTO when you just know you are being robo-interviewed. I have yet to hear back from this position. Overall, I received no-go responses to applications for positions that were not exactly in my wheelhouse of expertise, and received the digital interviews for positions that I am well qualified for. In my perception, I feel they select candidates well but I'm not so sure about the whole digital interview process. I'd like to think that there is some value that stems from it, above and beyond the paper resume - but it doesn't seem like it. I really hope I don't get a request for yet another digital interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you qualified for this position?   1 Answer
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at UnitedHealth Group (Minnetonka, MN) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I received an email saying, "Congratulations, you are invited to interview with UHG!" Was disappointed when I continued reading only to find that they wanted me to do a 'digital video' interview. For the digital video interview, I was to prepare as though it were a real in-person interview, log into some website and have a video recorded of the interview. The interview would consist of three questions. After each question, I would have 30 seconds to forumulate a response, and then three minutes to respond to the question. I opted NOT to do this, as I have privacy and security concerns with regards to having a digital video made of me that would be out of my control once recorded. I prefer to talk to people, not a web cam. The only good news of all this is that after I failed to respond to the request for interview, they sent me a survey asking me about the interview process experience, where I basically stated everything I said here, so maybe they will listen and stop using this ludicrous pre-screening method. It would be great if HR would take this survey response to heart, which would be amazing, but more likely I think they will be offended and find some reason why I wasn't a good candidate to begin with and mark me as a DO NOT HIRE. I heard nothing after submitting the survey. Never in the whole process did I talk with any recruiter or other representative from UHG. I think I can figure from this that UHG really doesn't care about its employees or their time. It's a guess on my part, but my intuition is usually pretty right on in this regard.

    Interview Questions

    • I would have been asked three questions, given 30 seconds to formulate a response, then three minutes to respond.   1 Answer
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    They came to recruit at a college. There was a one on one interview. Formal but very engaging. Asked a few questions. Was not as stressful as expected. After the first interview in a few days I received an email for the second interview at the office location.

    Negotiation

    Go to a second interview

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    Senior IT Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Greenville, SC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at UnitedHealth Group (Greenville, SC) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Phone interview - 30 minutes with hiring mgr then 2nd line mgr Also with the development manager and with a peer, mostly for me to ask questions All were over phone since we all were in different US states

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your projects Why are you looking What is the size of your projects How do you know if you are overrunning   Answer Question
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at UnitedHealth Group.

    Interview

    Internal interview process similarly mirrors external process. Resume submission was easy. Kept in contact with a combination of automated emails and recruiter phone calls. 1st interview was recruiter. 2nd with hiring manager. 2 weeks after the hiring manager interview, received contact from the recruiter about job offer. No formal offer letter due to internal transfer.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Non-existent. Internal promotions are pretty much a take it or leave it event.

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    Senior Project Manager I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at UnitedHealth Group.

    Interview

    Pretty easy process, had two phone interviews and offer was extended.

    Interview Questions

    • The interviews centered more around my experience, versus a lot of difficult questions.   Answer Question
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at UnitedHealth Group.

    Interview

    Two interviews, one was a peer interview which I especially appreciated as it gave me the opportunity to get a feel for the team and ask questions about the culture of the team. There was communication throughout from my application through the HR screening process to the interview scheduling and the decision process. The interiew was a "behavioral" or "situational" style interview focusing on behaviors, successes, and past learning experiences. Equal opportunity given for me to ask questions. I walked away from the interview process feeling as though I had every opportunity to distinguish myself as a candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • What will you do if you aren't offered this position.   1 Answer
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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hartford, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at UnitedHealth Group (Hartford, CT) in February 2013.

    Interview

    3 Managers (2 on the phone) asked me questions about planning and resources management. Testing and integration methodologies were also discussed (job entailed testing for 40+ apps, including 4 major claim engines). overall WAS AN INTERESTING INTERVIEW.

    Negotiation

    When they offered me the job I just asked for a couple of dollars more (they always have room for that).

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    interviewed at UnitedHealth Group (Hartford, CT) in September 2012.

    Interview

    Interviewing with the hiring manager and his/her peers was uneventful and standard. Where UNH fell down was with the recruiter. She was very disorganized and not informative or responsive. Also, in my observations. requisitions are left open on internet job sites when positions have long since been filled, creating confusion and unnecessary work for applicants.

    Interview Questions

    • Interviews included the usual behavioral and technical questions.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    The recruiting process and lack of organization sent a bad message to me about the company.

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