1. Make a positive impression with the choice of your outfit. Project managers are expected to pay close attention to
details. Furthermore your management style will be evident based on how you present yourself.
2. During the course of your interview, answer all the questions in a calm and assertive tone. If you're caught in a tight fix,
let your interviewer know that you need a few moments to gather your thoughts. A good project manager will process
all the facts internally before forming a viewpoint or responding to a query.
3. Draw reference to your experience and how it would benefit the company. Point out instances in the past where you
were put in charge of a project or completed a large-scale task with minimal supervision. Be vocal about any projects
where you were able to minimise expenditures without compromising quality.
4. A great project manager is able to work with a host of different personalities; hence your interviewer would be looking
for cues such as people management skills. Maintain eye contact and refrain from interrupting anyone while he or she is
5. Enquire about additional scope or duties that the company has for their project managers that may not be listed in the
job description. Let your interviewer know how your skills and experience coincide with each of those requirements.
6. If you sense that the interview is winding down, emphasise your interest in the company. This can serve to bring up any
additional information about your skills or experience that are key to the position. An example of how you can do this is,
"Before we wrap up, I'd like to point out one other area of my expertise that your company would find valuable."
7. As your interview draws to a close, part with a firm handshake and a light-hearted exchange. Part of your job includes
conversing about everyday topics with your colleagues for the sake of team-building so that your interviewer will
appreciate your ability to transit from business to casual conversation.
With good preparation, you can reap more benefits out of your interview for a job as a project manager.
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Most people will need to complain about unsatisfactory goods or bad service at some point in their lives. If you are writing a letter of complaint, there are some dos and don’ts that can help you get the right outcome.
- gather all your facts before you start writing the letter, e.g. where and when goods were bought, any customer reference numbers or invoice numbers, or a record of any previous communication with the company concerned.
- get straight to the point and set out exactly what the problem is.
- give all the relevant information in a clear and logical sequence.
- state what action you want the company to take and when you expect them to have done this.
- enclose copies of any relevant documents that support your case.
- use abusive language, however frustrated or angry you might feel.
- allow yourself to get sidetracked from your specific problem into generalized criticism of the company or its products or services.
- send your letter without checking it carefully for grammar or spelling mistakes.
Structuring your letter
- Start your letter with the greeting Dear Mr (or Mrs, Ms, Miss, etc.) Surname.
- If you don’t know the name of the person you are writing to, begin with Dear Sir or Dear Madam; if you don’t know their name or sex, use Dear Sir or Madam.
- Begin with a heading alerting the reader to the subject of the letter, and in your first sentence draw their attention to the matter you’re going to raise or discuss. For example I am writing to complain..., or I wish to express my dissatisfaction with ... or Thank you for your letter of ...
- Introduce your main point as early as possible, stating your reason for writing in a clear, concise way. Once you have done this, you may want to give more details, perhaps adding further background or relevant facts.
- In conclusion, you should state what your expectations are, for example Please let me know as soon as possible what action you propose to take or I look forward to hearing from you within the next ten days.
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