Perhaps more than any other industry, construction relies a lot on the skills and expertise of its team to ensure project success. It goes beyond looking for highly skilled workers and tradesmen because managing multiple teams, on-premise and off-site, requires strong leadership. That’s where project managers come in.
Even with all the right tools in place, the inherent instinct and skill of a good project manager is necessary to deliver the results you require. To ensure this, you need to hire the right person for the job. So, how do you hire an excellent project manager for your construction projects? Follow our brief guide below.
1. Avoid generic job descriptions
A lot of project manager job descriptions list down very general skills. Things like “exceptional communication skills”, “highly motivated”, “team player” are great descriptions of prospective team members that you’d love to have on your team, regardless of what position they would hold in your organization.
A lot of people also identify with these job skills. Unfortunately, when using these kinds of descriptions for your job post, you not only end up with hundreds of responses, you end up with candidates that don’t necessarily have the specific skills needed for your project management position.
It’s important to communicate specific skill sets unique to project managers. Add things like “X number of years handling a construction team of hundreds;” “X years experience in the construction industry;” “extensive experience using specific construction management software.”
This way, you’ll get more candidates that address your specific management needs.
2. Discuss internally what you really need from your Project Manager
The title of Project Manager, can be argued, is as generic as they come. That said, if your project involves managing remote construction teams on-site, or handling internal administrative teams and tasks, be sure to say so. The first one will require experience and knowledge of equipment and team monitoring; the latter will require more in-depth skill in terms of data management and tracking.
A good project manager must have skills specific to the job. Don’t rely on a jack of all trades, master of none. The more specific their skill set, the better.
3. Dedicate one project manager per project
One common mistake that companies make is that they tend to scrimp on staff and management. In an effort to cut costs, they hire managers with the intention of letting them take on more than they can actually handle. For smaller scale projects, this shouldn’t be an issue. However, larger projects will need a more dedicated team overseeing it.
Understand the real needs of each department so you can find the right project manager to lead it.
Once you find the right candidate and hire them for your project, make sure that you empower them to deliver accurate and efficient work by giving them the right tools to get the job done.
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