Project Manager Test

Project manager tests are designed to assess whether a candidate possesses the skill set of an effective project manager.

  • What is a project manager test?

    A project manager test aims to determine the aptitude a potential project manager has to be successful in the planning, resourcing, budgeting, implementation and completion of a project. This test is best used by companies in the early stages of the recruitment process, to ensure the most promising candidates are selected.

    Evaluated using a series of multiple-choice questions, the project manager test highlights what level of logical and critical reasoning candidate has and how well they can apply that to real-life project scenarios, as well as their ability to communicate at a high level, actively listen to client needs, work well in pressurised states and the ability to negotiate expectations.

    Performing well on this test demonstrates a candidate would be able to confidently carry out the duties of a project manager. Managing a team of colleagues and contractors, planning both resources and budget, tracking the progress of plans and ensuring stakeholders are kept up to date with any changes.

About the Project Manager Test

A project manager is responsible for overseeing the successful delivery of a project. A project manager's role is extremely process driven, requiring a methodical and logical individual, however one that remains agile, as project managers often have to adapt to changing circumstances. They work directly with clients to identify what needs to be done, by when and with how much money. From there, it's the project managers role to, within reason, make that happen.

The test will evaluate a candidate's proficiency in planning, process and people management, to help you shortlist the most suitable candidates for your position.

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  • Why should you use a project manager test for recruiting?

    Naturally, you want to shortlist the most suitable candidates for your project manager position. However, traditional methods of recruitment such as CV's and resumes are not always the most effective way to identify skill sets.

    A project manager test removes this ordeal and gives employers the ability to administer skills tests to large numbers of candidates. The comparative data you receive will give an unbiased insight into how well-suited each candidate is, creating a far more efficient hiring process.

    The test will highlight how proficient a candidate is with core skills required of a project manager such as stand out planning and organisation skills, familiarity with project management tools, top-quality communication, strong computer literacy, and methodical approach to workloads. It will also measure their ability to problem-solve under time pressure, interpersonal skills, numeracy competency for budgeting, and attention to detail.

    Applicants highlighted as meeting the requirements of the role can be shortlisted whilst those who do not demonstrate the necessary skillset can be excluded.

    A project manager test could be useful for the following roles:

    • Assistant project manager
    • Business change manager
    • Project coordinator
    • Project officer
    • Project planner
    • Project risk manager
    • Project lead
    • Team lead
    • Change manager
    • Delivery manager
    • Project advisor
    • Assistant manager
    • Operations Manager
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Results for the Project Manager Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses project manager skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. leadership), aptitude (e.g. verbal reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. team orientation). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a project manager were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our project manager test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.

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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

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Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

FAQs

What are the key skills for a project manager?

The key skills required to be successful in a project manager role include:

  • Familiarity with project management tools
  • Outstanding organisation and communication skills
  • Able to monitor and control financial budgets
  • Strong interpersonal abilities
  • Brilliant computer competency
  • Decisive and confident
  • Technical knowledge of the project field may be required
What other tests are useful to recruit a project manager?

In addition to the project manager test, you may wish to use other psychometric tests to get as much insight into the strengths of candidates as possible. We would recommend verbal reasoning tests, situational judgement tests and logical reasoning tests to gain that deeper understanding.

What is the cost for Picked's project manager test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

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