Four Must-Haves in A Project Manager

What to look for in a project managerIf you intend to hire a project manager for your online business, there are several different things you need to know before you initiate this process in order to ensure that you increase your chances of hiring the right person.

A project manager is likely someone that will be very involved in your business and will be responsible for managing your team. So you need to know what to expect before even putting out an ad for such a person. Here are my best tips for hiring a project manager, after having served as project manager with numerous responsibilities.


Find Someone Organized

It goes without saying that anyone who is responsible for managing your entire team needs to be extremely organized. Someone who drops the ball, misses emails and doesn’t respond in a timely fashion is not a good fit as a project manager in your business.

Make sure you test their organizational skills by giving them a sample project to deliver early on. While some project managers will want to do a two-week trial period instead, this can be equally valuable for helping you identify the best qualities of the project manager you are interviewing.


Communication Skills

Your project manager is the go-between, between your online team and you. This means that this person needs to be highly skilled at condensing the most important information and presenting it directly to you, while also clarifying instructions to your team members easily and effectively.


Ability to Put Out Fires

Problems will emerge whether it’s with team members or with the project manager directly. The project manager should be thoroughly skilled at responding to problems and providing a timeline for the best way to approach and deal with these issues. The right person will be successful at navigating these steps on a regular basis.


Personal Responsibility

As mentioned above, mistakes can happen and they certainly will. A good project manager will be able to spot the cause of mistakes, whether it was poor instructions on your part or a team member who was not paying attention and made an error. All of this information can be vital for determining how to fix things going forward and whether or not someone needs to be terminated from your team.

A project manager who is constantly passing the buck is simply not doing his or her job and this should be something you consider as you identify whether or not you want to keep this project manager on board.

When you have the right project manager working for your team, it’s much easier to tell who is responsible for what and to figure out the timeline for when and how projects will be completed.

Choosing the right project manager begins with you doing thorough research and properly interviewing every person who is a possible fit for this role.

Laura Pennington

Laura Pennington burned out teaching 7th grade in Baltimore City and realized that traditional education was not for her in the midst of pursuing her PhD in public policy. She launched a freelance writing and virtual assistant career that allows her to work from home on her own time, teaching others how to build at-home businesses and providing content and strategy for major companies like Microsoft. She is a soon-to-be military spouse who has moved four times in seven years with her Navy man. She is a former competitive tap dancer and enjoys spending time with her cats and reading books like a good nerd should.

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