What are good interview questions for a junior-mid PM? Want to understand how organized and detail-oriented they are. Also reliable/trustworthy. Hard without a personal reco! TY

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You could give them a mini assignment. Explain a project and give them 20 mins to build a plan for it and then present it back to you. It will help you see how they think, organize & plan out details.

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This ^^^^

Blink twice if you’re interviewing me on Monday. 👀

Here’s some questions I get:
What are your touch points with creative teams throughout the week or day?
Talk through your process when building out a timeline for tactic A.

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Ha awesome! Unfortunately no. Good luck! Dm me if you’re still looking :)

And thank you for the questions, that’s helpful

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I will ask them to describe a project from beginning to end at a high- or mid-level of detail from beginning to end. I'm looking for the logic of the sequence and being able to adhere to your instruction about detail. If they are going too deep or are to superficial, I will redirect them, so they understand what I'm looking for.

You can ask them to double-click on an area you are interested in.

Also, I ask to see an example of their documentation or even a document they admire and discuss it's audience, construction, etc.

Good luck. Appreciate you making the inquiry.

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Also -- Definitely ask them how they would handle and communicate if the client was just refusing to give feedback on time or if the creative team wasn't ready for a big presentation and it was jeopardizing the schedule. How do they handle stress, what is their instinct?

I would want to hear that their instinct is to look at the schedule for alternatives, to determine if there's any slack or float to give the teams a bit more time or if this is a scenario where we need to fast track or compress other things. I want to know that the project manager is looking for options to maintain the project before asking to delay the end date.

I would want to know that the project manager is approaching their internal team with empathy. They should try to understand what is preventing the team from not being able to do the presentation and learning how to avoid that on future projects.

If they say, "well the project is going to be delayed", then they're not a creative project manager yet. This would be expected a junior PM; a mid-level PM should be looking for solutions instead of taking the easy way out out the gate.

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You could also ask for writing samples, too:
some internal or external emails or status reports will show you how they ask for compliance with deadlines and distill information.

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Ha, ironically I’m actually looking for the reverse, I’m a PM looking to asses how a company normally handles projects and their level of resourcing. I’m a PM who has to fight really hard to get things done in an agency that landed a big account but are still
operating on small scale methodology and refuses to join the rest of us in the real world lol

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Similar to what was mentioned previously, provide a couple of scenarios (possibly typical or even drawing from a recent challenge your team has faced) and ask the interviewee how they’d handle it.
I was asked several of “how would you handle (insert situation) during my interview, though I was provided the scenarios prior to the call :)

The creative team and the PM usually work closely day-to-day; perhaps give them an example(s) of your temas pinpoints and see what they say. The goal at this point is to ensure that they can work well with your creative team. Additionally, I’d be wary of a PM who doesn’t ask questions. In my personal experience, I could decide how interested or not I was in a potential role when I asked about short and ping term goals for that team and how they’d like to improve in x amount of time. Hope this helps.

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