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6 Warning Signs When Selecting a New Project Manager

Are you considering hiring a new project manager but are wary about some of the hiring risks involved?

Let’s face it—a lot of time goes into hiring a project manager. They are an integral part of any
organization, and hiring the right one can have a long-lasting impact on a team.
Before you hire a new project manager, there are certain hirings risks to look out for. Read on to find out what they are to avoid making a costly mistake.

6 Hiring Risks When Selecting a New Project Manager

1. Poor Planning Skills

Planning is one of the most important parts of any project and should not be taken lightly. A great project manager will take the time to understand what type of planning a project needs and any unexpected roadblocks or challenges that may occur.

Being prepared for any type of challenge or struggle during a project will help a team bounce back and deliver results, which is why it is critical for any project manager to possess great planning skills.

2. Poor Communication Skills

Poor communication skills can result in reduced productivity, stress, and a divided team. A project manager must possess good communication skills to be successful in their role. Communication issues in any business setting can set a business up for disaster or even failure.

The slightest miscommunication can result in delays and undue stress, which causes the project to stray off course completely. When you are in the process of hiring a project manager, make sure that you ask the potential candidate questions about their communication skills, how they have used their skills in the past, and ask them to provide solid examples of situations where they had to use their communication skills.

Questions you can ask in an interview about communication skills include:

  • How well do you work with other people?
  • What challenges and problems have you faced in workplace scenarios? How did you handle them?
  • Describe examples of when you showed exemplary leadership or teamwork when completing a critical project.
  • Describe how you overcame a difficult work situation.
  • Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?

3. Lack of Knowledge About/Interest in Your Company

When an employee (or potential employee) shows a lack of interest in learning about your company, its values, its mission, and the people working in it, consider it a big red flag.

To successfully manage projects and portfolios, a project manager needs to understand a company’s goals and vision. Suppose they don’t understand the company’s foundation, resources, and what it takes to complete each project. In that case, the project manager may miss crucial stages of a task that can affect timing, resources, and money.

4. Disregard for Stakeholder Well-Being

Stakeholders have a significant impact on any type of project. When a project manager shows a lack of interest or complete disregard for stakeholder well-being, it could be a sign that they don’t fully understand the project or the objectives/goals behind it.

When a project manager maintains this type of attitude towards a stakeholder, it can develop a lack of trust. Stakeholder relationship management is a critical skill to look for during the hiring process and should never go overlooked.

5. They Are Not Proactive

Being able to anticipate a risk is a great trait for a project manager to have. Preparing for certain types of challenges or roadblocks can help set a team up for success—even after they have experienced a downfall.

The ability to anticipate a risk or challenge can help a project succeed, stay consistent, and remain on time, within schedule, and on budget.

6. Lacking Sales and Negotiation Skills

A great project manager has the necessary skills to properly negotiate and understand what it takes to settle certain terms and sales. They understand how to avoid conflicting situations and can find solutions to problems almost immediately. They do not doubt themselves and have great sales tactics that help them reach their bottom line and reach project goals.

If you are looking for a great project manager, remember to consider all the above. Hiring the right project manager is no easy take, but if you know what to look for, you’re already on the right track.

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