Karen Munro has a sneaking suspicion. She suspects that there is a great deal of project managers out there today who do not possess all the skills that they really should, and this lack of skill is leading to project failures. How prevalent might this phenomenon be?
Slipping in the Back Door
Munro believes that substandard job interviews are what are allowing inadequate project managers into the fold. Certainly, many recruiters call for people now who have experience in managing projects under specific scenarios, and they may ask for a certification like PMBOK or Prince too. But there are people who manage to fulfill these requirements while still not being genuinely up to the task of leadership. Munro relates a better type of interview:
I have been to one interview at a consulting firm for a project manager and in the first round interview I was required to sit a test. This comprised a number of questions where I was required to use examples and strong understanding of key aspects of project management. Yes, some of it was the standard project based things such as financial management and resource scheduling, but there were also behaviour based questions as well. This was a different approach and really did test my ability to clearly explain what I do and how I do it.
What a project manager lacks is what a project will lack when it is unable to reach completion. To ensure this is not a problem for you, always be seeking to sharpen your understanding of the essentials. For more, you can read the full post here: http://www.projectmanagementinsight.com/2014/09/project-failure-relative-pm-skill-level/#.VD_4IcmwQ5h