Article #115 Formalizing Comprehensive, Transparent, and Unbiased Interview Questions for Approving Project Team Members to be Deployed on Construction Sites

One of the common practices in construction projects is the requirement to interview the project team members proposed by the Contractor to be deployed on the project. To ensure that those interviews are comprehensive, transparent, and unbiased, it is highly recommended to have those interview questions pre-established by the Project Owner or the Project Management Consultant (PMC). Those interviews will be mainly for the key project personnel such as the project manager, construction manager, QA/QC manager, HSE manager, project control engineer, and planning engineer among others.

In a recent blog published by SAIKAT SEN, he identified 66 questions that could be part of the interview questions for a planning engineer. The list is extensive and covers much of the skills and knowledge that a planning engineer should possess. Details of all those questions and the proposed response for each are available on

Using a Project Management Information System (PMIS) like PMWeb, the Project Owner or the Project Management Consultant (PMC) can document the interview questions for each possible role. Those interview questions can be reviewed and agreed on before being put into use. The form will have details on who was interviewed and from which company. The form will also include details on when and where the interview took place as well as who did the interview. The form will also include the final comments made by the interviewer for the interviewed candidate. In addition, the form will have a table of all interview questions, a score achieved out of 5 where 5 is perfect and 1 no knowledge, and the comments made by the interviewer against each question if any.

Similar to other PMWeb forms, the attachment tab will be used to attach all supportive documents that were shared during the interview. In addition, a workflow can be assigned to the form to formalize the submission of the interview assessment by the interviewer.

About the Authorfounder

Bassam Samman, PMP, PSP, EVP, GPM is a Senior Project Management Consultant with more than 35-year service record providing project management and control services to over 100 projects with a total value of over US $5 Billion. Those projects included Commercial, Residential, Education, and Healthcare Buildings and Infrastructure, Entertainment and Shopping Malls, Oil and Gas Plants and Refineries, Telecommunication, and Information Technology projects. He is thoroughly experienced in complete project management including project management control systems, computerized project control software, claims analysis/prevention, risk analysis/management (contingency planning), design, supervision, training, and business development.

Bassam is a frequent speaker on topics relating to Project Management, Strategic Project Management, and Project Management Personal Skills. Over the past 35 years, he has lectured at more than 350 events and courses at different locations in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and South America. He has written more than 250 articles on project management and project management information systems that were featured in international and regional magazines and newspapers. He is a co-founder of the Project Management Institute- Arabian Gulf Chapter (PMI-AGC) and has served on its board of directors for more than 6 years. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), a certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), and Earned Value Professional (EVP) from the American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE) and Green Project Management (GPM).

Bassam holds a Masters in Engineering Administration (Construction Management) with Faculty Commendation, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA, Bachelor in Civil Engineering – Kuwait University, Kuwait and has attended many executive management programs at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA, and London Business School, London, UK.


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