PMO Career Chats

If someone said to you. Come and have a beer and have a chat about your career with me. Would you know where to start? Got any burning questions about it? Or are you perfectly happy with everything?

Sometimes it’s not about having something specific to say, it’s more about having the time to think about a certain question or listen to other people talking about their own career – which incidently is in the same line of work as yours.

This was August’s PMO Flashmob, on the River Thames on an evening when we were basking in the late evening sun (ahem!).

To get people in the mood – here were the questions to get people thinking and talking. If you couldn’t make it and you’re intrigued to hear how people were answering some of these, join us at the next PMO Flashmob. In the meantime, have a think, how would you answer some of these?

PMO Career Questions


Do you have a career plan? If so, share something. If not, why not?


Do you think you will stay within the PMO field? If yes, why? If no, why?


Where have you got some of your PMO knowledge from? Share something


What has been most beneficial in your career in building up your experience?


How did you get your current or last job?


Have any books or other resources helped you in your career? If yes, what?


What is your favourite interview question?


In a PMO interview, you’re asked to talk about the behavioural side of resource management, how do you answer?


How do “manage upwards” or “communicate upwards”?


What do you wish you could have on your CV?


What was the last conscious thing you did to benefit your career?


How would you gain a £10K promotion?


What’s the current gap you have in your experience?


If you were considered to be an expert – what would it be in?


When someone asks you about your 5 year career plan, what do you say?


What’s the best work related skill you have?


If you got promoted tomorrow – what would it have been based on?


Personality and psychometric tests in the recruitment process – for/against?


How do you know if you’re any good at your job?


If you could work for any sector or organisation, who would it be and why?


What do you like about your current career?


What do you dislike about your current career?


If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?


In an interview you’re asked to talk about a recent conflict at work, what example would you choose?


In an interview you’re asked to talk about the last thing you learnt, what would it be?


Ambition – what does it mean to you in real terms?


What’s your 20 second elevator pitch – time it and do it


How do you get the most out of networking?


What does the PMO community need to improve the capability levels of the people who work in them?


Do you want your manager’s job – if so, why? If not, why not?


If you could do your job in any organisation in the world, who would it be and why?


What makes you turn up to something like PMO flashmob?


A career in PMO has a glass ceiling – discuss


Are you happy with your CV – if so, why? If not, why not?


What’s the most pressing question you have about your career today?


What top tip would you give to your younger self about your career?


What do you do today and what do you want to do tomorrow?


What’s your most underused skill?


What’s your most overrated skill?


What could you happily stop doing tomorrow in your job?


About Lindsay Scott

Lindsay is the founder of PMO Flashmob. She's also the creator of London's first dedicated PMO Conference; Director of Arras People and PMO enthusiast

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