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Engineering Interview Reedsville, PA

Tell me about a time that you managed a project that failed

  and you felt the failure was due to a member of your team not performing. How did you handle your interaction to that member?
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Okay, here it goes: " My answer is two fold: first, I would need to truly evaluate whether the failure of the project was that of a team member, and if it was, could the team member been influenced by factors outside of his/her control. Second, if a team member did fail, that means that the team failed. It also means that as the project manager, I would need to handle future projects with a bit more diligence and also learn what the motivators are of the person that supposedly did not perform. I'd treat it as a learning experience for both me and the individual in question." You'll notice that I did really address the question directly, instead choosing to focus on a team environment and taking responsibility. This may not work with some interviewers.

answerman on Jul 19, 2011

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