After recruiting within the Construction space since 1999, we have worked numerous searches for Project Managers. Within those searches, the mandatory job requirements, as well as the job descriptions, has varied broadly between construction firms.
Helping candidates fully prepare for a project manager interview is dependent on understanding the hiring firms unique requirements. However, there are always common elements for all construction project manager roles.
Becoming proficient on the essential skill sets that are required in all construction project manager roles is the first step in being able to convince the hiring manager that you are interviewing with that you not only understand, but are uniquely qualified to handle the responsibilities of a construction project manager role.
4 Core Strengths for Construction Project Managers
You are also expected to have all the knowledge to predict a successful project outcome by determining what is known as the IRON TRIANGLE which includes the following:
- Project schedule
- Project budget
- Project scope
A successful Project Manager is therefore able to align the needs of the project with those of the stakeholders across the board and be the bridge between any and all communication gaps that may exist. A Project Manager uses their reasoning and technical ability, coupled with their strong communication, leadership and management skills to correspond effectively with the concerned parties.
Duties of a Construction Project Manager
It pays to familiarize yourself with the common duties of project managers. Being able to say that you have experience in the following duties will be very beneficial as you apply for project manager roles.
The majority of construction recruiting firms are looking to hire project managers to facilitate the following agenda:
- Obtain estimates and prepares a cost analysis for the project
- Maintain detailed and comprehensible job folders that are accessible to all employees
- Create, modify and follow project schedules
- Bring stakeholders together on established project objectives as per the company policy
- Possess reasoning and mathematical ability to understand and formulate reports
- Display a sound understanding of the acquisition process
- Manage information distribution channels
- Engage in Nonlinear Management practices
- Increased savings on project costs
- Timely execution and delivery
- Strong leadership and management skills
There is currently a great need for Project Managers that have the following skill sets:
Strong Ability to Multi-Task
If you have the above abilities, and have an inclination to manage others, and an aptitude for leadership, you should consider exploring pursuing this career path.
Feel free to reach out to ISC’s team of Construction Recruiters today if you are interested in career opportunities within the Construction industry.
You can reach Ann Zaslow-Rethaber, President at International Search Consultants directly at 888-866-7276 or via email at .
Carolyn McClendon is Director of Construction Recruiting and can be reached via direct dial at 888-974-0086 or email at