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Struggling with explaining projects during interviews
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Hello PM's.

I'm struggling with explaining my projects during job interviews. I know the projects in and out but find myself wanting to say, "I got it done" or "I just make it happen" HELP!! I guess I don't know how to explain step by step how I move projects forward. Thank you for any wisdom you can provide.

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Erikka
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Jun 01, 2019 5:14 PM
Replying to Eric Isom
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1) Know your audience. Speak their language. Speak to their interests.
2) Give examples. Tell stories. These are engaging and memorable. They can set you apart from other candidates.
Agreed! Thanks Eric.
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I would follow the PMI processes telling the story:
Initiating: What was the need and why
Planning: How your plan was detailed and accurate, and approved
Executing: How you successfully managed the project applying the PM experience you have, mention your communication and integration skills here
Monitoring and Controlling: I would mention any problem solving skills keeping the project in track.
Closing: How Stakeholders were satisfied with the final product and deliverables
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Jun 03, 2019 8:01 PM
Eric Isom
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Interesting approach.
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Write what you’d like to convey, regarding your actions and successes, on several projects. Practice. Get comfortable with what you’re written. Then, don’t hesitate to refer to your document mid-interview.

I keep project notes in the front pocket of my interview professional portfolio. At least once per interview, I find myself starting to answer a different question with the same project or scenario. I pull out my list, scan it, and find the best project and scenario to fit the interview question. Your preparation and organization - and answers - will impress the interviewer.
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Jun 04, 2019 11:13 AM
Erikka Cullum
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Hmmm, thanks!!! never thought to use notes during the interview. I thought it looked more favorable if you can speak extemporaneously during an interview.
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Jun 02, 2019 6:55 AM
Replying to Raed Aweina
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I would follow the PMI processes telling the story:
Initiating: What was the need and why
Planning: How your plan was detailed and accurate, and approved
Executing: How you successfully managed the project applying the PM experience you have, mention your communication and integration skills here
Monitoring and Controlling: I would mention any problem solving skills keeping the project in track.
Closing: How Stakeholders were satisfied with the final product and deliverables
Interesting approach.
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Jun 02, 2019 3:30 PM
Replying to Kimberly Chatak-Nelson
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Write what you’d like to convey, regarding your actions and successes, on several projects. Practice. Get comfortable with what you’re written. Then, don’t hesitate to refer to your document mid-interview.

I keep project notes in the front pocket of my interview professional portfolio. At least once per interview, I find myself starting to answer a different question with the same project or scenario. I pull out my list, scan it, and find the best project and scenario to fit the interview question. Your preparation and organization - and answers - will impress the interviewer.
Hmmm, thanks!!! never thought to use notes during the interview. I thought it looked more favorable if you can speak extemporaneously during an interview.
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