Project management

What you should look for in a project management job

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20 February 2018

I will always remember the project management job I wished I hadn’t taken. I had niggles at the interview but put them aside because it was a job and at the time I needed one. Unfortunately, it’s a decision I lived to regret – the job just wasn’t a good fit for my skills and experience, so I walked away.
The one positive outcome the sorry mess was the realisation that a job interview is a two-way street and that it is OK to ask difficult questions as the candidate.
So, here’s my list of things to look for when looking for a new project management job:

  1. Is the job description clear? It’s amazing how many roles are advertised with woolly corporate speak and not much substance. If the job description isn’t clear, I tend to ignore it
  2. Is the agent upfront when faced with questions? This is always a key one for me. If I find the recruiter is unwilling to answer my questions about the job or takes ages to come back to me, it raises alarm bells
  3. If, during the interview, the panel is unclear about the role or brings out details that were not included in the job description, it makes me uneasy
  4. A panel reluctant to answer my questions is another sign there’s something not quite right
  5. What does my research about the company show? Glassdoor and other review sites are always well worth visiting
  6. What is their social media presence like? Are their blog and other social media channels up to date? This, coupled with your own research about the company , can often provide valuable and unique insights

I hope these tips come in handy when you’re on the hunt for your next project management role.
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Written by Rhona Aylward
Rhona is Deputy Everything Officer at Psoda, where she does everything except code. After starting life as a microbiologist she moved into PMO leadership roles around the world before settling in New Zealand with her family.

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