By itself, the title of project manager can be a bit misleading in terms of the responsibilities and level of accountability involved. Make no mistake about it, though, a PM is a leadership role, and as such project managers should think and act as leaders, always factoring in high level business goals and objectives. With this in mind, be prepared to answer a few broad, complex questions around business strategy, objectives and leadership.
Question 1: What do you think your role is as a project manager in terms of achieving company-wide business objectives?
Before your next interview, spend time doing some research in preparation for your response:
- Research the industry the business resides in.
- Research the nature of the business, its activities, products/services, stakeholders, etc.
- Review the business vision, mission statement, short-term and long-term objectives.
- Search for information on the management team and overall business culture.
- Determine how your role as a project manager and leader may impact that particular business, and in turn, also how it may be impacted by that business.
- Think about how you can best utilize your training and experience to advance the overall business objectives.
- Picture yourself working within the business to envision your role.
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