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Presenting at a Job Interview
Hi all,

If given a 15 minutes to describe a prior project in a job interview, what criteria do you feel is most important to address?

Any advice is appreciated
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Anytime i describe a project i have worked on, the items below are typically what i tend to highlight:
- Business reason the project was initiated
- Any challenges encountered and how we overcame them...any lessons learned.
- Once the project was complete, how/what value was realized (using metrics/KPI's etc)
Great, thank you!
I think Justus' advice is perfect. It provides context, realistically shows that some challenge was encountered - and overcome and how and what was learned. And demonstrates that value was added. Ta da!
I think it depends on what skillset I am trying to amplify. If I want to show how great I am at solving difficult problems or dealing with ambiguity then the projects that I dealt with that the most is the ones that I will highlight. Its something that I can speak to well as having lived through it so its easy for me to talk about in an interview.
I might also provide a quick overview of the scope of the project as well as some key metrics such as duration, peak staffing level & budget. I'd also provide an idea of the delivery life cycle used (e.g. predictive, adaptive, hybrid).

Kiron
I always suggest a project that is easy and concise to explain, ends successfully, but had some challenges that you overcame during it. Throw in the political and cultural sensitivities, conflicts (and their resolution), and how the project made you a better project manager.
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1 reply by Susan Marangos
Mar 10, 2020 5:27 PM
Susan Marangos
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Thanks, I was considering using a departmental project I ran across multiple countries where I had to change the approach for different audiences and had to convince exec management to fund it.
Mar 10, 2020 5:01 PM
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I always suggest a project that is easy and concise to explain, ends successfully, but had some challenges that you overcame during it. Throw in the political and cultural sensitivities, conflicts (and their resolution), and how the project made you a better project manager.
Thanks, I was considering using a departmental project I ran across multiple countries where I had to change the approach for different audiences and had to convince exec management to fund it.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Mar 10, 2020 5:49 PM
Sante Vergini
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That sounds ideal.
Mar 10, 2020 5:27 PM
Replying to Susan Marangos
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Thanks, I was considering using a departmental project I ran across multiple countries where I had to change the approach for different audiences and had to convince exec management to fund it.
That sounds ideal.
Susan

I would address the following:

1) Brief Overview.
2) Highlights Key Achievements
3) Highlight key challenges and how you resolved them.

Recruiters or hiring managers usually would like to see what we’re your key achievements and if there challenges how did you manage to resolve them successfully.

RK
Overview of the project that explains scope (talk about the problem the project was trying to solve), budget, approach, and team size. Challenges experienced and how you handled them, here it is important not only to focus on hard issues such as risk, communication, etc. but also on soft issues such as team conflict.
And then importantly, the outcome/s.
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