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If you could only ask one question when interviewing a PM, what would it be?
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I have a few favorite questions and variations on them that I like to ask in an interview. One of them is "If you were assigned a project at a new organization with no framework or process, how would you approach your project, and what would you give initial focus".

(Incidentally this is not the scenario at my organization. It's a theoretical question)

That's mine...What's yours?
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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
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Hi Bala,

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.

Michelle
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My question would be "what is the most critical aptitude for a project manager? Why?"
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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?"
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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.
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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.
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1 reply by Michelle Daigle
Mar 24, 2016 11:06 AM
Michelle Daigle
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Eduard,

I like what you're trying to learn from the question. I think the wording is a bit of a giveaway, however. By saying 'so-called', it implies that you're not in agreement, I think, and leads them to know the type of answer they should give? :) I may be wrong.
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How many projects that you were involved in did you not complete all phases? Why?
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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
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2 replies by Michael Brian and Michelle Daigle
Mar 24, 2016 11:05 AM
Michelle Daigle
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This is a great one Michael.
Apr 23, 2018 2:52 PM
Michael Brian
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As I am in the works of just beginning to study for my CAPM, I'd like to crack at this just for curious feedback.

I would follow the four fundamental behaviors - Respect, Listen, Clarify expectations, and accountability. I would like to lead him in an informal way.

Finding the right moment to grab his attention, I would suggest and ask to have a formal one on one meeting with him stating a very specific time, how long it would be, and clarify my objective for the meeting. I would sit down with him and I would be honest in stating that I can sense some possible resistance and I would like to hear where that might be coming from so we can better collaborate towards the objective of the project. I would allow him to talk and after opening him up a bit, I would lean in with discussing the plan and current expectations (both his and mine regarding the project). If I was some steps ahead, which I would plan ahead of time - I would share some planning I have taken the time to do regarding risk management, budget plans and other procedures that are on the horizon.

The point of my meeting would be to uncover his resistance and direct him towards the greater goal which benefits both of us. His operation with project goal in mind (end result) and my success in making it a winning project. Possibly his/her resistance might be assuming I don't know enough or I would somehow be taking away their spotlight with leading. I would like to make us both the heroes of this project and working together would help that train ride much smoother.

Just some thoughts as your question had me thinking. I wanted to take the time to challenge myself with it being that I am not formally experienced to the degree at which is the core of PM work. I just started to study a week ago and had also finished a book regarding PM of the unofficial PM. I learned some great tips and tools from that book.

I'm open to feedback as I'm sure I can learn from many of you.
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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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Mar 23, 2016 2:14 PM
Replying to Michael Gowlett
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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
This is a great one Michael.
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