How do I find a good DPM?

I hear this a lot. It seems many companies have had a bad experience when it comes to hiring a project manager. Worry no longer, dear employers, for I’m here to help.

First, you need to write a good job description. Here’s one I prepared earlier. Feel free to snaffle this

Secondly, you need to ask the right questions during the interview. Here’s a list of questions I like to ask — obviously not all of them, just what feels right at the time and depending on what I hear. They are designed to make people to think so you can find out what a candidate truly believes and who they really are.

‘Conflict is bad for the team’. Please discuss.

How do you create the right conditions for project delivery?

How do you inspire your team to greater heights?

How do you allocate resources?

Culture vs Process. Which do you feel is more important and why.

What was your biggest mistake? What did learn from this? How did you make sure it did not happen again?

What’s your approach to learning lessons and sharing knowledge?

What’s the minimum project documentation you think any project needs?

Does your approach to project management vary depending on the size of the project?

Describe your dream project process or way of working from start to finish?

What areas of your PM skills do you need to improve?

Tell me about the last difficult conversation you had. How did you prepare for this?

Tell me about how you prepare for client meetings, good and challenging ones?

How do you personally make sure that you continuously improve?

What was the last sin you committed against the golden rules of project management?

Have you ever lied to a client? What did you say, and why?

Describe a typical PM day.

When was the last time you said no to a client or senior manager?

Project plans are set in stone. Please discuss.

How do you manage risk?

How do you build a solid relationship with clients? Do clients love you or respect you?

What are your PM team values?

What is your preferred method of communication and why?

What do you record, track and monitor, and why?

How will you improve our business? What is the extra you bring?

What are the qualities of a good PM?

Describe your PM style.

Those two steps combined will a) attract the right candidates and b) help you find a DPM that knows their stuff and one that is a decent human being.

I hope that helps in some small way. Hit me with anything I’ve missed. It’s not an exhaustive list nor is it meant to be. Just a start.