Anna Preston
by on May 3, 2019
For many of us, interviews don't get any less stressful even as we get older and more experienced - no matter what type of job it is or whether it’s part time or full time. An interview for a senior project manager position maybe as nerve-wracking as your first interview as a project management apprentice. However, as an experienced professional you should try and switch your mindset and approach an interview with a positive attitude. After all, you now have a deep well of experience to draw from and will be able to give examples in response to any question that the interviewer can throw at you. In order to prepare for your interview, you should get your CV in order. If you haven't updated it for a while, you may find that there is lots of important information missing, and this could be the information that gets your foot in the door. Don't forget that any potential employer who is looking through your CV has only this information judge you on. If you don't write it down, they won't know it. Your CV can also come in useful when preparing for your interview. Look at each project on your CV and ask yourself a series of questions so that you will have rehearsed your response, should you be asked about these projects during the meeting. Establish the important decisions you made whilst working on the project and think about the impact that those decisions had. Was your project successful or a failure? What was your role in ensuring its success? What did you learn from the project that you took away with you? How did you successfully manage your project team? Whilst in the interview, you should of course do your best to look smart and come across as a confident and competent individual. Bear in mind however that every interviewer understands that the interviewee is under pressure and may lose their train of thought momentarily. If you do not understand the question or require some clarification then it is absolutely acceptable to ask the interviewer to repeat the question or to clarify what they mean. It is better that you fully understand the question than begin to ramble on in a non-specific way trying to frame a response to a question that you have not fully understood. If you have been thorough in your preparation, you should have a stock of responses and examples for any question that is thrown at you. One of the most important pieces of information that Parallel Project Training offer is that you remember to be specific. Just as the interviewer only knows what they read on your CV, they can only judge you on what you tell them in your interview. Try not to assume that they will understand your jargon or will have any knowledge of the content of your previous projects. Specifics are crucial in getting your point across and ensuring that the panel fully understand the message you are trying to convey.
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