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Old 08-09-2012, 02:37 PM
 
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Well today I got a call from HR at a Big 4 accounting firm, responding to my application for a Sr. Project Manager job. She asked when we can schedule this? I suggested Monday, or, we could just do it now. She said no it has to be next week. I guess she'll have others listening in so had to schedule it.

Anyway I want to be as ready as I can. I was a Sr. PM for a number of years about 8 years ago, but that was before the game was formalized. My background and education were investigated by the PMI and I am approved to take the PMP exam, but am only 2/3 finished with studying.

Any idea what kinds of questions they're likely to ask? I sure don't want to be surprised with something like SCRUM or PRiSM.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:17 PM
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Well today I got a call from HR at a Big 4 accounting firm, responding to my application for a Sr. Project Manager job. She asked when we can schedule this? I suggested Monday, or, we could just do it now. She said no it has to be next week. I guess she'll have others listening in so had to schedule it.

Anyway I want to be as ready as I can. I was a Sr. PM for a number of years about 8 years ago, but that was before the game was formalized. My background and education were investigated by the PMI and I am approved to take the PMP exam, but am only 2/3 finished with studying.

Any idea what kinds of questions they're likely to ask? I sure don't want to be surprised with something like SCRUM or PRiSM.


Be ready for this one just in case

"What is the least thing you like about your current job?"



Also just sound pleasant, enthusiastic, and confident and you should be fine.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Out West
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I don't know anything about accounting so have no suggestions for you. Just wanted to wish you the best of luck...even if you think I don't get it.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Be prepared to answer .. If you could be any animal(other than human is assumed), what would it be and why?

If you found what appears to be intentional "errors" in calculations, what would you do?
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:09 AM
 
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This is a link that provides good information about phone interviews:
Phone Interview Tips

Best of luck!
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:09 AM
 
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Phone interviews are sweet because you can wear comfortable clothing and put your feet up. Which I highly recommend you do.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Mainly have your resume, and anything else you sent them in front of you, accessible for reference. Be prepared to answer questions regarding anything on your resume. A few accounting questions, management style, and maybe, why you feel this job is a match, along with, where do you see yourself in five years.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:56 AM
 
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Nice, thanks. It's not actually an accounting job but consultancy. I'd be the one dispatched when a company does not have the expertise to manage a project, whether it's building a building or building a new software app. Could be coming in for turnarounds and to fix disasters.

I'm a bit nervous as it takes a while for my style to take effect. I guess I'll need to explain in detail the projects I've done before and how I structured them. Thing is, although I was nominally a Sr PM, my duties were more sales and software support.
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