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Project failure is a scary thing, so let’s look at a few ways to avoid hiring the Project Manager that will do more harm than good to your future projects.
We know they might sound a little basic but it can be easy to overlook!
When hiring a Project Manager, you need to make sure that they know how to plan! If there is no project plan, chances are high that the project WILL fail. So, when you’re interviewing for your new PM, make sure you focus some questions around project plan knowledge such as goals, time, scope, costs and deliverables.
The Decision Maker
Considered as one of the keys to project success, a Project Manager needs to be able to make decisions. It’s important to establish, at this early stage, that the person you’re interviewing has the ability to make those crucial calls, stays aligned with the project’s goals and ultimately makes decisions that add value to a business.
The Flexible One
While planning and project structure is integral to a project’s success, it’s important to understand that not all risks can be anticipated. A Project Manager needs to be flexible and needs to be able to adapt to changes as they come. So, make sure you ask the appropriate questions – check out our blog on Behavioural Questions to see if there are some questions you can adapt to suit your interview process.
It’s comforting to know that your PM’s are great problem solvers because that means your projects are in good hands. With that in mind, it is essential to determine that a potential hire is experienced enough to handle problems that arise during a project lifecycle. You can help to determine this experience by asking situational questions that force the interviewee to talk about a time when they were able to solve a particular problem on a project they worked on.
You need a Project Manager that can not only plan a project and stick to a budget but can organise a team. Communication is another key factor in ensuring a successful project. Again, asking the right questions during the interview process can determine whether your potential hire is capable of running a team, keeping them on task while avoiding conflict that could threaten a project.