Mistakes To Avoid When You Finally Bag That Big-Time Management Interview

Mistakes To Avoid When You Finally Bag That Big-Time Management Interview
15 Jan 2019

If you have managed to bag yourself an interview for a project management role, first of all, congratulations! Your CV must have mad a great impression. Now you need to prepare for your interview. Preparation is key when it comes to these interviews, as you are going to need to stand out from all of the other candidates that have made it to this stage. Below, we reveal some of the most common project management interview mistakes people make. If you can avoid these errors, you are half way there to making an excellent impression.

Not focusing on your experience

It’s not all about the project management qualifications you have; experience is pivotal. You need to show how you have worked through certain issues before so that your potential employer can see that you have the qualities to be a good project manager. If you are lacking in experience, it may be a good idea to consider doing a project management apprenticeship before embarking on your job hunt.

Failing to address any negatives

We all have bad points. We are all human. How you deal with your negative traits or lack of experience is what will make or break you during an interview for a management position. Let’s say the interviewer brings up the fact that you don’t drive and that there will be out-of-town meetings with clients. Why not say you are doing lessons so that you will pass your driving test this year? Showing a willingness to learn and always move forward, whether it is in something specialist or more general, is imperative.

Displaying a lack of people management skills

People management often makes up the bulk of project management work. Therefore, you can expect your interviewer to be scrutinising this area of your skill set in great depth. If you are unprepared, it will show. Think about the way you are portraying how you interact with team members and stakeholders during your interview.

Having a rigid approach to methodology

It is important to recognise that methodology is subjective. You may have very distinct ideas regarding project management methodology, yet so may your interviewer. The trouble is that your ideas may not be the same. This is where you need to show flexibility, otherwise you will automatically be ruled out of the job.

Not having any questions

A lot of people assume that it is better to not have any questions – after all, you are the one being interviewed. However, an interview represents the perfect opportunity for you to find out whether the company is the right fit for you also. Most interviewers will leave time at the end of the interview for questions, so make sure you have some prepared. If you don’t ask any questions, it looks like you don’t care about the job.

Criticising a current or previous employer

This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make during interviews. No matter how much you hated your previous employer, and no matter how justified it is; you should never badmouth a previous employer. If you do this, then the interviewer will fear that you will do the same about them. It reflects badly on you, not your ex-employer.

Giving textbook responses

Of course, you should take the time to practise the common interview questions that are available online. However, it is important to inject your own personality into the interview. The employer wants to make sure that you are going to be a good fit for their business, and so they want to get to know what makes you different from everyone else and what your unique personality is like. They don’t want to talk to someone who appears to be reading straight from a textbook. After all, anyone can do that!

Giving textbook responses

Of course, you should take the time to practise the common interview questions that are available online. However, it is important to inject your own personality into the interview. The employer wants to make sure that you are going to be a good fit for their business, and so they want to get to know what makes you different from everyone else and what your unique personality is like. They don’t want to talk to someone who appears to be reading straight from a textbook. After all, anyone can do that!

So there you have it; some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to project management interviews. If you can avoid the blunders mentioned above, you will give yourself a great chance of getting the job. After following these snippets of advice, the rest all comes down to you. Show that you have done your research about the company and that you will be a good cultural fit.

Cheers,
Big Daddy

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

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