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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A panel reluctant to answer my questions is another sign there’s something not quite right
- What does my research about the company show? Glassdoor and other review sites are always well worth visiting
- 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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