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Project Support Officer Mock Interview

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What do you do when there is conflict on one of your teams?

How to Answer

Project support officers have to know how to handle people, especially when a conflict arises. If a problem comes up between team members, or even vendors or stakeholders, it can interrupt the flow of the project. The interviewer wants to hear that you know how to handle this sort of situation. If possible, give examples; if not, discuss how you would quickly work to resolve any conflicts.

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List of 29 Project Support Officer Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    What do you do when there is conflict on one of your teams?

      How to Answer

      Project support officers have to know how to handle people, especially when a conflict arises. If a problem comes up between team members, or even vendors or stakeholders, it can interrupt the flow of the project. The interviewer wants to hear that you know how to handle this sort of situation. If possible, give examples; if not, discuss how you would quickly work to resolve any conflicts.

      1st Answer Example

      "I think one of the most crucial aspects of this role is putting together strong teams. Having a strong team helps ensure that there will be collaboration and trust between team members. But sometimes, even in the case of an amazing team, two people will butt heads and not get along. My goal is to identify this sort of strife quickly and address it immediately before it festers. I also always meet privately with the people in question so that they can air their grievances openly without team judgment. I then encourage and help create an action plan that focuses on compromise. It's not about one person being right and the other being wrong; it's about understanding the difference of opinions and finding common ground so we can move forward."

  • 2.

    What are your career goals for the next three years?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see that you are motivated and goal-oriented. They also want to sense that you are passionate about project management so it's a good idea to indicate that you plan to progress within this area. Remain truthful but definitely play up any interest you have in their specific industry.

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      "I've been a project support officer for a few years now, and I love it. Personality-wise, I thrive in high-pressure situations and I like interacting with different people every day. I also really enjoy the variety of the job; it keeps me on my toes! I definitely want to remain in project management and especially in this industry, which really interests me. My goal is to continue progressing upward and after I gain more experience I'd love to become a project manager myself. I plan to continue learning as I assist others right now and then one day move up the ranks."

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    What are the various stages a team goes through during a project?

      How to Answer

      There are well-defined stages that a team moves through during a project, which include Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. The interviewer wants to know that you're knowledgeable in this area as project support officers need to know how to support and motivate teams. Explain the different stages a team will go through and how you will facilitate their success.

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      "In college, I learned about Tuckman's Stages, and I've seen them play out in real life since then. After the project manager and I have assembled a team they come together for the first time in what's referred to as "

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    What techniques would you use to define the scope of a project?

      How to Answer

      It's imperative to well define the scope of a project to ensure its success. The interviewer wants to hear how you would go about doing this. Walk them through the steps you would take to determine the scope of a project.

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    Explain what RAID analysis is and how you would use it.

      How to Answer

      Many project managers and project support officers use RAID analysis at the beginning of a project for organizational purposes and to identify critical risks and issues. The interviewer wants to know that you're familiar with this concept. Explain how you would use it during a project. If you have past experience using the tool, talk through an example or two.

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    Tell me what the difference is between risk and issues. What are some risks you might come across in a project?

      How to Answer

      A risk refers to an event or condition that may cause problems for the project in the future. Some examples include cost, communication, scope, time, and resource risks. An issue, on the other hand, is an existing problem that currently impacts the project. The interviewer wants to know that you are familiar with these differences as project support officers should know how to avoid, mitigate, and handle both risks and issues when they occur.

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  • 7.

    How would you handle a situation when the customer isn't happy with the outcome of a project?

      How to Answer

      There are bound to be times when a project's end result leaves the client unhappy. Project support officers need to know what to do in this type of situation. Explain to the interviewer that you value the happiness of the customer and will assist the project manager in making modifications so that the customer is ultimately happy with the outcome. Cite examples, if possible, from your past experiences.

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  • 8.

    What do you think is the most important skill needed to excel as a project support officer?

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      There are many skills that a project support officer needs to be successful, including leadership, organizational, negotiation, communication, and time management skills. As a result, there are many ways you can choose to answer this question. Whatever skill you claim is most important, however, base it on your past experiences and support it with sound reasoning.

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  • 9.

    Do you have any experience with process development?

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      There can be times when a project support officer might be called upon to create new processes or to modify old ones, particularly when working for a startup. The interviewer wants to know if you have any experience doing this or not. If possible, give an example of a time when you designed and put into practice a new process.

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  • 10.

    What kinds of projects have you worked on?

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      Project support officers work in many different types of industries, handling all kinds of projects. Going into the interview you will want to have an idea of the types of projects this company will need you to work on so you can tailor your response appropriately. You will want to relate your past project experience to their needs. This is a great opportunity to sell yourself and your skills.

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  • 11.

    Tell me about the last project you worked on.

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      The interviewer wants to hear more details about how you help run projects. You'll want to talk about a recent project you were involved in, the role you played in it, the actions you took, and how it ended. Explain your accomplishments and any setbacks you experienced and resolved. You want to impress the interviewer so they can envision you running their company's projects too.

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  • 12.

    How do you control and prevent 'scope creep'?

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      Scope creep refers to the goals of a project changing as it progresses. The problem with scope creep is that it can cause the project to go outside of its budget and timeline. As a project support officer, you will need to know how to recognize and handle scope creep. If possible, give the interviewer an example of a time when you dealt with this issue.

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  • 13.

    What kinds of escalation paths do you use?

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      The interviewer is looking to find out how you escalate problems when they arise. If you have experience in this area, talk about how you handled a past issue. If not, focus on showing how you would use your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to resolve any problems.

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  • 14.

    Tell me about your most successful project.

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      The interviewer wants to know that you have what it takes to pull off a project that met its desired goals. Prior to the interview, think through some examples of successful projects that you've been involved in so you can easily outline them from start to finish for the interviewer. Be sure to clearly explain the situation, your role, the action you took, and the end result.

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    What kind of relationship do you typically have with project sponsors?

      How to Answer

      A project sponsor is a person or group who provides resources for the project, in addition to giving feedback to the project manager as the project progresses. Being that they play such an important role in the success of the project, the project manager and project support officer must keep them updated throughout the project. Let the interviewer know how often you would contact the sponsor and why.

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  • 16.

    Have you worked in this industry before?

      How to Answer

      There are a number of different industries that employ project support officers. The interviewer wants to find out if you have experience in their particular industry. If you do, tell them all about it; if you don't, relate what you've done in the past to their industry as best you can. Many project support officer skills are transferable between industries.

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  • 17.

    Do you delegate or prefer to handle things yourself?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is likely looking for someone who is open to delegating tasks. With so many moving parts in a large project, a project support officer can't do everything by themselves. They need to lead teams and delegate tasks. But the interviewer also wants to know how you go about delegating to ensure you aren't a micromanager, so try to show that you're not heavy-handed or a control freak.

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  • 18.

    What would you do if you noticed that your supervisor had made a mistake?

      How to Answer

      There are going to be times when the project manager that you're reporting to makes a mistake. The interviewer wants to know that you are both ethical and professional. Explain that you would correct the mistake but do so in a tactful and kind manner.

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  • 19.

    Tell me how you deal with stakeholders and customers.

      How to Answer

      Project support officers have to manage many different people throughout a project, and how they communicate and deal with stakeholders, executives, and customers will differ from how they interact with vendors and teams. The interviewer wants to know how your approaches will vary depending upon who you're engaging with during the project, particularly when it comes to those people who hold a position of authority over you. Discuss how you will alter your approach and style as needed.

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  • 20.

    How do you stay on track with a project when you're feeling overwhelmed?

      How to Answer

      Project support officers help lead teams and projects to success. Sometimes there are so many moving parts to a project that its leaders can fall prey to stress, anxiety, and distraction just like their team members. The interviewer wants to know how you keep yourself motivated throughout the entirety of the project, especially in those moments when you feel overwhelmed. Talk about how you're able to monitor yourself and proactively deal with these kinds of feelings.

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  • 21.

    How do you handle a team member who is underperforming?

      How to Answer

      No matter how much effort is put into assembling strong teams to carry out a project, at some point someone inevitably won't do what's expected of them. The interviewer wants to know how you would handle or assist the project manager in this type of situation. Discuss what you would do to nip an underperforming team member in the bud.

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  • 22.

    Have you ever managed remote employees before?

      How to Answer

      In today's world, many times project support officers have to work with people they've never met before, sometimes from other countries. The interviewer wants to determine if you're comfortable managing and/or working with remote employees and coworkers. Let them know if you have experience doing this. If not, mention that you look forward to this challenge and discuss how you would handle it.

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  • 23.

    What project management methodology do you prefer to follow?

      How to Answer

      There are lots of different methodologies that a project manager can choose to use when overseeing a project. The interviewer wants to know that you're familiar with some of these methodologies so that you would be able to successfully assist a project manager. You want to show that you are flexible and knowledgeable in this area, in addition to understanding which methodology best suits the project at hand.

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  • 24.

    What project management software do you like to use?

      How to Answer

      There are many different project management programs available. The interviewer wants to know which one(s) you prefer to use and why. You will want to show that you stay abreast of new software. Many project support officers use Gantt charts to plan projects; you might mention this if you are familiar with this type of tool.

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  • 25.

    What's the biggest mistake you've ever made during a project?

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      The interviewer knows that everyone makes mistakes. They are looking to find out how you handled an error and what you learned from it. Make sure that you take responsibility for the mistake you made, discuss how you resolved it, and talk about how you carried the lesson you learned away from it.

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  • 26.

    Do you have any experience in managing a budget?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know if you can manage a budget since most projects cost money. If you have experience in this area, give examples of how you've successfully managed costs in the past. If you don't have any experience in budget management, talk to the interviewer about what you've learned and how eager you are to implement these skills.

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  • 27.

    How can you tell when a project goes off track? What do you do to get it back on track?

      How to Answer

      It's imperative that a project support officer assist the project manager in tracking and monitoring the progress of projects. The interviewer wants to know how you keep tabs on a project to ensure it's progressing as it should and what you would do if things start to go awry. Discuss the tools and methods you might use to do this.

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  • 28.

    How do you describe your communication style?

      How to Answer

      Project support officers need to be effective communicators who can tailor their approach as needed for different groups of people. The interviewer wants to know that you are a clear communicator; without this essential skill, projects will inevitably fail. Give an example of a time when you used your strong communication skills to get the job done.

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    Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.

      How to Answer

      Keeping a project on track can mean managing multiple deadlines and various personalities, which can be stressful at times. The interviewer wants to know that you can handle your responsibilities even when there's a lot of pressure on you and things are hectic. If possible, give an example or two of times when you successfully managed stressful situations.

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