Project Management Institute (PMI) Interview Questions

Explain Although they have a variety of side-effects, the primary objective of incentive clauses in a
contract is to:
A. Aligning contractor and buyer goals.
B. Reduce risk for the contractor
C. Controlling contractor costs
D. Reduce costs to the buyer
E. Reducing production costs.
Explain A benefit-cost ratio of 3.22 indicates a:
A. Profit of s3.22 per unit produced.
B. Profit of s3.22 for each dollar expended.
C. Resources assigned to other tasks on the critical path.
D. Payback of s3.22 for each dollar expended.
An individuals willingness to take a risk can be determined by:
A. Decision tree modeling.
B. Monte Carlo method,
C. Sensitivity analysis.
D. Utility theory.
E. Maslows hierarchy of needs.
Explain During execution, a resource is added to the project team. What effect will this have on the
A. The effect cannot be determined.
B. The project duration will be shortened.
C. A scope change will be required
D. The quality of the project will be increased.
One a project, quality should generally be of:
A. Equal priority with schedule, but higher priority than cost.
B. Higher priority than cost and schedule.
C. Equal priority with cost, but higher priority than schedule.
D. Equal priority with cost and schedule.
What is the term that is used when referring to the adjustment of task schedules in order to
deploy human resource more effectively?
A. Crashing.
B. Smoothing
C. Leveling.
D. Fast tracking.
E. Loading.
Team motivation, problem resolution, and space verification occurs during _____?
A. The initiation phase.
B. The close-out phase.
C. The planning phase.
D. The execution phase.
E. None of the above.
Explain Payback period analysis identifies that point in time when:
A. Profit maximum is realized.
B. Unit profit is realized.
C. Monthly revenue exceeds monthly costs.
D. Cumulative revenue exceeds cumulative costs.
Explain Conflict resolution techniques that may be used on a project include:
A. Withdrawing, compromising, controlling, and forcing.
B. Controlling forcing smoothing, and withdrawing.
C. Confronting, compromising, smoothing and directing.
D. Smoothing, confronting, forcing, and withdrawing.
Ho to determine the staffing requirements of the project, the project mange FIRST needs a(n);
A. Resource breakdown schedule.
B. Responsibility assignment matrix.
C. Work breakdown structure.
D. Organization chart.
Explain The senior executive of your company wants monthly schedule update of your project. Which of
the following would you send to the executive?
A. Milestone chart
B. Time-scaled network diagram
C. Arrow activity diagram
D. PERT chart
Explain What are correspondence, contract changes, and payment requests?
A. Tools of contract administration.
B. Functions of contract administration.
C. Outputs of contract administration.
D. Results of contract administration.
E. Inputs of contract administration.
Explain Which of the following theories are illustrated by the principle: Employees who believe that their
efforts will lead to effective performance and who anticipate important rewards for their
accomplishments become productive stay productive.?
A. The X-Y theory.
B. Maslows theory.
C. The expectancy theory.
D. Ouchis Theory Z
E. Herzbergs theory.
Explain Which of the following statements describes quality control?
A. Monitoring specific project results to determine if they comply with relevant quality
B. Evaluating over ll project performance on a regular basis.
C. Taking action to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of they project.
D. Identifying which quality standards are standards are relevant to the project.
Explain an ideal situation resource leveling should be limited to activities with___?
A. With zero float time.
B. With negative float time.
C. With positive float time.
D. With critical float time
E. On the critical path.
Explain The PERT method is MOST used in situations where:
A. It is important to know the interrelationships of activities.
B. Little is known about the cost estimated related to the project.
C. Little experience exists on which to base estimated of activity duration.
D. Resource requirements are well defined.
Suppose A primary function of the change control board is to:
A. Review the impact of change request.
B. Issue change requests.
C. Represent top management interests.
D. Identify new areas of project work.
E. Assign new team members to increase output.
Tell me which of the following terms is used to refer to the adjustment of task schedules to result in more
effective human resource deployment?
A. Resource fast tracking.
B. Resource planning
C. Resource leveling.
D. Resource crashing.
E. Resource loading.
Explain Project Procurement Management includes all of the following EXCEPT:
A. Administration.
B. Planning
C. Stakeholder analysis
D. Work statement
E. Solicitation
Work packages are described in the:
A. Work charter.
B. Work schedule.
C. Work breakdown structure.
D. Work project plan.
E. Statement of work.
Explain The determination of conformance with scope requirements is called ____?
A. Quality Planning.
B. Quality Control.
C. Quality Management.
D. Quality Assurance.
Suppose A projects scope statements is developed during scope:
A. The initiation phase.
B. The implementation phase.
C. The planning phase.
D. The verification phase.
E. The definition phase.
Explain Which of the following will have the greatest impact on a product or service?s reliability and
maintenance characteristics?
A. Function.
B. Implementation
C. Design.
D. Cost.
E. Fabrication.
Explain Which of the following conflict resolution approaches is likely to lead to the MOST lasting
A. Negotiating
B. Smoothing
C. Problem-solving
D. Compromising
E. Communicating
The person responsible for obtaining funding for a new project?s conceptual study is the:
A. Project manager.
B. President.
C. Chief financial officer.
D. Project sponsor.
E. The client
As the project manager, which of the following techniques would you employ to control the project
A. Pareto diagram.
B. Statistical sampling.
C. Performance measurement.
D. Parametric modeling.
E. All of the above.
Explain Which of the following represents the BEST way to organize project activities for scheduling?
A. By the critical path.
B. By the task start date.
C. By the date of commencement of project.
D. By work breakdown structure.
E. By the responsible organization.
Explain The communications management plan is primarily dependent on the:
A. Length of the project.
B. Physical location of team members.
C. Specific needs of the project.
D. Project deliverables.
E. Distance between project teams.
Which of the following concepts are associated with the Cost of Quality in project management?
(Choose all that apply)
A. Appraisal costs
B. Management costs
C. Prevention costs
D. Failure costs
E. Planning costs
Explain The MOST effective method in developing a project team within a matrix organization is to follow
A. communications plan.
B. Scope change control plan.
C. Staffing management plan.
D. Training development plan.
Explain During project lose-out, the final task is to....
A. Verify that contractual obligations were met.
B. Transfer the deliverables to the client.
C. Reassign team member.
D. Complete performance/lessons-learned records.
Explain The authority to accept or reject a requested change in a large and complex project, should rest
with _____?
A. The sponsor.
B. The president.
C. The change control board.
D. The client.
E. The project manager.
Explain Technical staffs tend to be particularly responsive to:
A. Referent power.
B. Formal power.
C. Functional power.
D. Expert power.
E. Ad hoc power
Explain Which of the following approaches to quality improvement is LEAST likely to produce positive
A. Continuous improvement
B. Increased inspection
C. Statistical quality control
D. IS09000 certified process
Explain Which of the following is NOT a function of a kick-off meeting?
A. Project cost estimation and presentation.
B. Introducing the stakeholders.
C. Identifying goals of the project.
D. Obtaining commitment from all participants.