Archives for the month of: May, 2007

Day of the interview…I was nervous. I hadn’t interviewed anywhere for over 3 years and hadn’t ever interviewed for a PM-specific gig. I’ve generally been technical for over 15 years but much of my work has been project management and I’m generally well versed in the field. I was scheduled to interview with 6 managers at the company. I did my research on the company (again-first time for the HR interview.) I also did searches on the individuals I was interviewing with (HR gave me the names.) Didn’t turn up much on the individuals. I also did some searches trying to determine whether ABC Corp was a good place to work. Not much available in that area on the web.

I’m not going to go into much detail for sake of space on the blog. The interview questions continued along the same vein as the initial phone interview. Many of the questions were around PM style as opposed to PM-ish technical type questions (how do you calculate earned value, etc.) What I was impressed about was that the interviewers were very honest about the challenges they were facing, but talked very positively about making things better. The company did form a PMO which showed me they were serious about PM and were going through the necessary cultural pains associated with introducing new processes into the company.

I received very positive feedback throughout the interview process and came out of it feeling confident. The interviews also got me excited about the position and looking forward to a potential offer. These would be the people I’d work closely with and I need to have a good gut feeling about them.

Well, considering the content of the first few blog entries, I did receive and offer and accepted it. From this point, the blog be focusing on PM resources and lessons learned associated with my new work position.

One of my more astute readers noted that I made a commitment in my first post to talk about the interview process but never followed through. Thanks for keeping it real Greg.

The interview process started with an email from the HR person at my new employer. She asked if I was still looking and would I be interested in an initial phone interview. I was and we set up a time to talk. When we got on the line she went through an introduction about the company and the IT group as well as a description of the position. Now, even though I was actively looking for a position and was very interested in what the corporate world would offer, I was still a bit hesitant to entertain a job outside consulting. What I liked most about consulting was being able to move about from company to company. When I wasn’t enjoying a project or the people, I knew it would end eventually and I would be able to move on to somewhere else. The questions were about my experience and my project management style. I got the feeling that they had one or more bad experiences with PMs whose style didn’t mesh with the rest of the group.

Well, I did the phone interview and based on the feedback I was receiving I perceived it went well. The HR person said that I should be hearing back to set up an in person interview with the team. I think everyone wants approval and, no matter if you want the job or not, you want to be asked back for the next step. For me, I was actually interested in the position after my initial interview and wanted to see what this place\job was really about.

I sent a follow up email thanking her for the interview, emphasizing positives about PM style and providing a couple of dates\times I was available for an interview. Couple of days later I got an email to set up the interviews. They would take place in one day and I was to meet with six managers and the HR person. I’ll talk about that in the next post (promise!)

The first couple of times I let people know that I was leaving (which were those people closest to me) it was comfortable. The conversation was heartfelt and emotions were shared. We would sit and I went through what I liked about my job and where my personal frustrations were. Then I talked excitedly about my new job and the opportunities I saw there. After the 5th or 6th time telling the story and having to let those people that were more acquiantences know it became a bit awkward. I would say “Hey, not sure if you heard yet but I gave my notice a few days ago.” They would say, “Really.” That’s where things would kinda stall. I had a couple of prepared responses, such as “Yeah” or “It was a tough decision but it’s for the best” or “It’s true. I’ll have the #4 combo meal please.” (the last one was to the order taker at the Wendy’s around the corner from my office.)

I think I’ll let the rumor mill do its job and cover the rest of the population. I’m sure there will still be a few stragglers who in about 2 months will be like “Hey, has anyone seen Gary? He owes me twenty bucks!” I’ll be long gone by then suckas!