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What to Look for When Hiring a Project Manager

What to Look for When Hiring a Project Manager
By Glen D. Ford

Ever since my hair turned white, I’ve been having fun with jokes about how things were in the past. Since I was blond to start with, truth to tell, I’ve been doing those jokes since I was young. But one thing hasn’t changed much in the many years I’ve been a project manager.

I’m referring of course, to the quality of hiring for my specialty. Or perhaps I should say the lack of quality. Frankly, most job advertisements for this position are designed to attract the wrong person. Even worse than most job adverts, they are totally focused on the wrong things.

I’m convinced that this is the result of a lack of knowledge of what is really involved in the role.

I’m also convinced that the source of failure (and the high percentage of failure) is directly related to this lack of knowledge. Read the Complete Article

Five Tips for Winning Your Project Manager Job Interview

Five Tips for Winning Your Project Manager Job Interview
By Jennifer Whitt

When you enter a job interview, it’s important to bring your passion and energy, and not come in with the weight of the world on your shoulders. We all have a lot going on in our lives, things related to economic turbulence or other projects we are dealing with, but it’s important during an interview to answer with energy and excitement about the job or your past accomplishments, and not answer in a monotone frequency or worse yet, put your interviewer to sleep.

Secondly, bring samples of your work. Specificity drives credibility, and a portfolio shows your relevance to that job. Include your past experience, maybe tools or techniques that you know or have learned, plans that you have completed in the past, or templates, or even an online demo. I often use my iPad to show my interviewer things I’ve done. Read the Complete Article

Top 3 Questions Asked During an Interview for a Project Management Position

Top 3 Questions Asked During an Interview for a Project Management Position
By Claudia Vandermilt

When you’re preparing to interview for a project manager job, it’s important to know what types of questions you’re likely to get and how to respond to them. Whether you’re applying for a full-time position or pitching your services as an independent consultant, your answers to these questions will not only determine whether you get the job but also your potential for success as a project manager.

1. In Your Experience, What One Skill Does a Project Manager Need to Succeed?

This is a favorite question among interviewers because it forces the applicant to choose one of the many skills required of a project manager. While there is technically no single right answer to this question, you need to be aware of what your answer reveals about you, your experience and your focus as a project manager. Read the Complete Article

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