Hiring the right project manager

Common mistakes that companies make while recruiting project managers:

  • Being highly knowledgeable and experience technical person does not necessarily mean the person would be a successful project manager.
  • Inability to bridge the gap between theory and practice of project management.
  • Not investing in a good, experienced project manager and assuming that one of the senior members of the project team can handle the role.

To ensure success of the project management office in the organization, the key is to hire the right manager. This article tries to throw light on the best practices to be followed for ensuring project management success.

To recruit the best fit project manager for your project the first step is to understand and define the job requirement. With an accurately defined job requirement in hand it is easy to identify the qualities and the capabilities to look for in the project manager. For recruiting the project manager from outside, it would be a good idea to check with the people in the industry too.

A project manager is expected to lead the project hands-on on a daily basis. Ideally for large projects, it should be a full time role. The ideal project manager should be the right combination of business management skills with technical expertise. The project manager should have a collaborative style in his interactions with the different people involved and should be having effective communication skills. The person should be adaptable and flexible to the changes that might occur.

An ideal project manager should have the following skills:

  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Analytical ability
  • Ability to extract and assimilate pertinent information
  • Project planning ability
  • Should be able to present with flair
  • Should have the zeal to complete the job
  • Be flexible to adapt to the changes
  • Ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the individual team members

While interviewing the candidates for the project management it is important to gauge the candidate skills by asking the right questions. It is a good idea to ask the candidates about their past project management experience along with the methodologies that have been used. It is also important to understand the documentation process that the candidate is experienced in. It is not enough to know about the successful projects, one need to know about the projects that failed and the reasons for failure.

Keeping in mind these key points would ensure that you would be successful in finding the project manager who can deliver your project success.

Radhika Chittoor

Radhika Chittoor

15 years of experience in presales and marketing. I have helped companies set up their sales & marketing teams.

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