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How can you differentiate your project manager skills with skills of other project managers?
I don't know the answer LOL
I'm a Programme/Portfolio Manager with direct report PMs. However, even when I was a PM, I participated in interviews for other PMs, who would become peers. I don't think it's to differentiate or compare your own skills, but rather to determine if the PM being hired has the skills you're looking for. Sometimes the skills you need in a new PM may not be the same as yours, for example, if you're hiring them to be strong in areas where you are less so, or to be at a different level in their career from yourself.
My question would be "what is the most critical aptitude for a project manager? Why?"
Mine would be: "You need to manage a project that has already been running for a few months: the client is really not happy about how the work of your company is going and with the quality of the products you are providing. You don't have much information about the project. What would it be your approach and what would it be your first step towards the goal of finishing of the project?"
Questions has no sence (generally speaking, please do not get angry with me). The best thing to do is to hear the candidate talk about the projects she/he has been part of no matter the position inside the project she/he was assigned.
There are so-called PM because they can use MS Project and create a nice Gantt Chart. Do you belong in that category? If not, explain.
How many projects that you were involved in did you not complete all phases? Why?
Scenario based: You are an IT PM who has just joined an organisation where you have immediate resistance from the business manager you have to collaborate with, he/she opposes everything you say or do, how would you diffuse the situation so you you become an alliance to get him on your side?
I always like to use examples of resistance to see how the PM manages difficult scenario's this allows me to understand how he communicates and understands if he has a methodical approach to turning resistance to his/her advantage
There are some great questions here. I will certainly be drawing upon this list for some ideas in my next interview. I hope it's proving useful for the rest of you as well. Another favorite of mine is this: "If you have only a half hour left this week, late on a Friday, you have a report due in a half hour with a firm deadline, and a new issue has just been brought to your attention. You do not have enough details about the issue to know the severity or impact. How do you spend your time in the last half hour and why?"
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