How to Source and Interview an IT Project Manager
By: John Rossheim
Does your company have a need to hire an IT project manager?
Though an IT project manager isn’t upper management, recruiting for the position can often be a complex undertaking.
These IT recruiting tips on how to source and interview project managers, information technology, will help you find the talent you need.
How to Source IT Project Managers:
- Projects managers can be sourced through a variety of organizational affiliations
- Recent recipients of relevant certifications may be ready to change companies
“Most clients are asking for five years of experience in IT and project management,” says Jim Gibson of Gibson Consultants. “They may settle for something that’s close to that.”
“The stuff that turns up quality candidates is networking,” says Leah Mason, director of operations at Four Kitchens, a web design and development firm. “That means referrals from within, recommendations from peer firms, and our involvement in open-source development communities, from local meetups to internal forums and conferences on digital project management. We keep eye open for people who could be the right fit.”
How to Interview Project Managers, Information Technology:
These tips will help you prepare to conduct an interview:
- Ask the candidate to address complex hypothetical scenarios that involve technical, organizational and interpersonal challenges
- Candidates should meet with the full range of prospective colleagues: managers, peers and reports. Be sure your staff knows how to conduct an interview.
“Behavioral interview questions are extremely important for evaluating the candidate’s talents, both technical and nontechnical,” says Gibson. “You need to get to how the candidate thinks. Why do they want to do this job, take this career path? It’s important to under their skin.”
“We first do a phone screen, just to see that the candidate can connect with us via video chat and have intelligent conversation, and to check for any red flags,” says Mason. “Then one of our subject matter experts will have a much more in-depth conversation with candidates who pass the phone screen — an in-person interview if the person is local, to see how their levels of energy and excitement come through when we talk about what our company does.”