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What should I prepare for an I.T Project Team Leader interview.
Anonymous
I had to post this anonymously for obvious reasons :)..

Please advice, I have been called for an interview for an I.T Project Team Leader position. One thing for sure is that I will be competing with people who have years of experience managing projects.
So I would like to know what are skills, knowledge and expertise i need to show. In addition how can i give them the confidence that I would be able meet the role's expectation and deliver the work necessary to meet the projects goal.

All help is welcome. thank you all.....
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Great! Quick request for additional information. Phone interview in-person? First or second round?
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1 reply by anonymous
May 11, 2019 11:20 PM
anonymous
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Its a first round, in-person interview
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While organizations may use job titles differnetly usually team leader and project manager are different roles.

The Team Leader is usually a SME that manages a group of people from his own line of work either at the organizational or at the activity (project) level.

I suspect the IT Project Team Leader is not a project management role but a lead SME role. I think you need to clarify this before going to the interview.

In some projects the lead SME is also responsible for performing the project management duties and in such cases he can be called Project Team Leader even if he acts also as a PM.

For a "pure" PM that is not also a SME the title Project Team Leader is rarely being used.
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To continue with Adrian's line of thinking, is the position the IT Team Leader of a Project or a Team Leader of an IT Project? In the first case, you are on a project with one component being IT. (That's the type of project I'm currently on.) In the second case, you are to be a team leader (BA, development, testing, ...) on an IT-only project.
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1 reply by anonymous
May 11, 2019 11:57 PM
anonymous
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The position is Team Leader on an I.T only project.
Anonymous
May 11, 2019 7:59 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Great! Quick request for additional information. Phone interview in-person? First or second round?
Its a first round, in-person interview
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
May 13, 2019 11:38 AM
Andrew Craig
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In addition to the other's responses, I'd suggest leveraging the details in the job description itself and what was learned through your initial interview. Show them more of what has already gotten you to this point.
Anonymous
May 11, 2019 3:03 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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To continue with Adrian's line of thinking, is the position the IT Team Leader of a Project or a Team Leader of an IT Project? In the first case, you are on a project with one component being IT. (That's the type of project I'm currently on.) In the second case, you are to be a team leader (BA, development, testing, ...) on an IT-only project.
The position is Team Leader on an I.T only project.
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1 reply by Adrian Carlogea
May 12, 2019 12:20 AM
Adrian Carlogea
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The Team Leader is usually not a PM but a senior SME such as a senior software developer, senior business analyst.

For such a role project management knowledge is not that important but you need to be a good expert in the required domain and you also need experience as a technical leader.

Project team leaders usually don't manage projects but they manage the people working on projects.

I know some people may not agree but project management and people management are different things, the team leader manages people while the PM manages (to some extent) projects.
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May 11, 2019 11:57 PM
Replying to anonymous
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The position is Team Leader on an I.T only project.
The Team Leader is usually not a PM but a senior SME such as a senior software developer, senior business analyst.

For such a role project management knowledge is not that important but you need to be a good expert in the required domain and you also need experience as a technical leader.

Project team leaders usually don't manage projects but they manage the people working on projects.

I know some people may not agree but project management and people management are different things, the team leader manages people while the PM manages (to some extent) projects.
Network:2149



May 11, 2019 11:20 PM
Replying to anonymous
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Its a first round, in-person interview
In addition to the other's responses, I'd suggest leveraging the details in the job description itself and what was learned through your initial interview. Show them more of what has already gotten you to this point.

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