So, what characteristics make a good Project Manager and what do you need to look out for when you hire one?
Here you will find some suggestions:
- A good Project Manager knows how to finish a job. A lot of employees are enthusiastic enough to take on a new project on but are unable to finish it due to lack of determination. You can look through an applicant’s background projects and past experiences. You can also ask people who had worked with him/her in the past.
- A good Project Manager knows his team and who to select. Without his team, a Project Manager doesn’t serve his/her purpose in the company work force. A good Project Manager establishes a great relationship with his/her team and knows that each individual is important for the task. When hiring a Project Manager ask behaviour interview questions in regards to a conflict situation amongst project team members in the past.
- A good Project Manager is resourceful. Projects are investments and investments come in many ways such as time and most importantly, money. A Project Manager knows how to deal with troubled projects and thinks outside the box. When interviewing a Project Managers, ask for examples on how he or she brought in projects under budget.
- A good Project Manager needs to be organised. Careful planning and organising is important for a critical task flow within the project. In order to be organised, a Project Manager needs to plan ahead and needs to identify potential risks. His/her organisational skills need to be exceptional and able to see through plans and put them into action.
- A good Project Manager is experienced in the industry you are in. When looking for a Project Manager, you need to look for an individual who knows the industry and speaks its language or at least have had training. Carefully look at an applicant’s resume that you find valuable in this industry such as seminars, background, etc.
- A good Project Manager knows how to communicate properly with all stakeholders. This is perhaps one of the tasks that most applicants fail at. A good Project Manager needs to be an effective communication avenue for employees and clients. He/She needs to be transparent about giving tasks; reviewing productivity and motivating his/her team. Communication is important not only on projects but also raising team morale.
Looking for a good Project Manager is a hard task, especially if you are working with big clients for your business. Choosing a Project Manager is like placing your entire company image in the hands of a single person who has the power to improve or destroy it.