Telecoms project managers play a key role in helping businesses to develop a robust, efficient and cost-effective telecoms system. Their skills are in considerable demand by major consumer websites and others, so their technological and leadership skills need to be highly developed. A skilled and experienced IT recruiter such as Randstad Technologies can assist sourcing the right telecoms project managers. The company has been finding and helping to match candidates for telecoms project manager jobs with employers for over 30 years and has developed close contacts with many of the top firms in the UK.

Key responsibilities of telecoms project managers include:
• leading daily development work on-site and planning future development work
• analysing the status of systems and reporting back
• making suggestions for improvements
• maintaining a technical overview of applications
• leading a team of developers
• a flexible approach to project development and excellent problem-solving abilities.

General interview tips

In some circles, it is thought that working in IT means that it is fine to dress down for an interview. This may be the case for certain companies and telecom positions, but it is wise to consider how best to present oneself to create a good first impression.

The first golden rule is not to be late. If the interview is close to home, check timings either by private or public transport. If using public transport, check how long it will take to walk the final distance. If it is a long-distance trip then check timings and routes and, if necessary, book overnight accommodation if the interview is early in the morning.

The second golden rule is to find out as much as possible about the company before going for the interview. What does it do? What services does it provide? How big is it and how is it structured? Are there any tips on its corporate policies? Going into an interview armed with detailed knowledge not only gives the opportunity to see if the company is the right fit for the candidate, but offers the potential for asking useful questions of the interviewers.

Dress well. A smart suit suggests that a candidate takes a professional approach to all their business dealings, indicating he or she will be an asset when working away from the home base or when attending important meetings. It is worth checking on the company dress code where possible as smart casual may also be an option.

It is also important to re-read the original application so that answers given at interview match the information given on paper.

Specific interview questions

For this level of job, interviewers will want to know what level of experience a candidate has and what their technical knowledge is. Candidates should expect to be asked about IT infrastructure and architecture, what experience they have of managing people in a complex IT environment, and how they might solve specific problems whilst integrating new software into existing systems. There may also be questions that relate to how confidential information is handled.