As a project manager, it is your job to oversee the creation and execution of company projects and ensure that all team members stay on track to meet deadlines. Expect interview questions that will assess your ability to lead a group and communicate effectively to members with different roles and varying concerns. As the scope, schedule, and cost of a project can change frequently, the interviewer may ask you to role-play a few scenarios in which a project deadline changes or several group members leave the company.
How do you handle conflict?1 Answer
Conflict between team members on any major project is inevitable. It can stem from lack of role clarity, personality clashes, misunderstandings about goals or objectives and other factors. If it's healthy conflict, I try to facilitate the discussion to achieve alignment between the parties, explore options I may not have thought of and reach consensus. However, conflict that is personal in nature or destructive to project goals and objectives must be addressed more directly. Typically with this kind of unhealthy conflict, I will meet with each party separately to understand the root causes and try to resolve it within the context of the team. Disciplinary action and/or escalation to management/HR is a last resort.