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Nova Management
Program Manager was asked...September 29, 2015

Examples of my Program Management experience and how/if I was able to positively influence outcome.

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Provided specific examples and methods employed to boost communication and manage schedule, successfully completing the various programs cited meeting technical objective & schedule while staying within budget. Less

Tell me why do you think you would be a good manager?

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Because i have a natural talent to motivate people and to generate a team work environment Less

REI Systems

When you have a large portfolio of projects under you, how do you know when a project is healthy or at risk? What indicators do you look for? What information do you request from project managers / task leaders, and how do you track it? Follow up question (just as important) -- Give a specific example of what you have done when you have identified a project risk. What was the risk? How did you identify it? What did you do about it?

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I won't get into my detailed response here. I covered basics of project health / risk, such as quality, timeliness, budget, scope, staffing, client satisfaction, etc. I talked about anticipating, identifying, and mitigating risks and how to get out in front of risks. I talked about program / project dashboards, simplified reporting tools, taking early action, meetings with clients and PMs/leads, and developing trusting relationships with PMs/leads so that they view me as a partner and resource to help them rather than as a person who is monitoring and judging them. Less


If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?

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The automated pre-filtering I have setup should group the most important ones into key folders and then I just scan through the sender names and subject lines for the most critical ones first. Less

High importance, then filter by subject and get rid of threads except most recent, filter by sender for VIPs, then oldest to newest Less

I'd start by getting off of unnecessary mailing lists because no one receives 2000 messages in a day and doesn't receive another 2000 again the next. Less

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what are your strengths/weaknesses what appeals to you about the career track you are interested in?

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I received an offer today via phone. She gave me a lot of information about the job, salary, location, ect. My official offer will be emailed to me tomorrow. Less

What is the average salary for the program?

Just as a heads up for everyone, just because you are eligible for the program doesn't guarantee you a job. They only take on 400 A2L's per year, half in February and the other half in July. There are a lot more people accepted into the program, and then they decide from there who gets the jobs based on job and location preferences. I know some people who waited 3+ months after to hear back after receiving the "eligible email". Source: Current A2L Less

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How did you prepare your interview? Describe your customer services experience.

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Hi Everyone, I had the same situation. Just got email that application moved to next round. Please stay in touch and share your experience. Thanks Less

I think I waited for more than 10 days.

I gave the video interview on 30 sept. No response as of yet. Has any of you guys received anything? its a bit frustrating. Less

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Clinton Health Access Initiative

What CHAI value do you resonate with

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My resonate is the readiness for the CHAI Organization in supporting the Country Government in the prevention, management and the control within the target group using her SRMNCH programs and also working in line with the WHO Global guidelines. Less

In addition, is the Monitoring sincerity and timely feedback as corrective measures/actions taken where applicable when the CHAI Organization Authority supported NPHCDA Agency on HFs Mentoring and Supervision activities through Abuja CHAI Office while I led the NPHCDA Team with the CHAI Team to Niger, Kaduna & Enugu States respectively. Less

1. Collaboration and Partnership with the Country Government in the reduction and control of mortality and morbidity cases through the SRMNCH program and strengthening the work force via capacity building of the HWs making PHC services quality better and stronger. Less

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what do you think an operations manager deals with in a typical day?

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case study is on a manufacturing issue and you have to talk about what you will do to resolve the problem and mitigate any consequences (think about long term and short term solutions). btw you have a strict limit (max 1.5 pages) so do be concise and write NEATLY (if they cant read they cant assess you) group exercise is you are an airline manufacturer and you have to make a product following specific client demands. but you have constraints (budget etc). so you need to solve the problem and justify your actions. hope this helps. best advise i can give is to relax. they are all so friendly. they have a benchmark which they look for so you need to meet it across all 4 activities (you cant excel in 3 but do poorly in the 4th). be enthusiastic and show real motivation and desire to work there (prep some questions you want to ask them as well). Good luck Less

Can you give me please more information about the questions you have been asked and written scenario? What do you had to do in the group exercise? Less

Is you have done your research on who the company is, what they do and who their clients are you'll have no problem. Also what the role involves. Case study is a simple, you get a scenario and are asked what you would do (no need to prepare). Group activity is collectively coming do an agreement and then presenting your findings giving appropriate justification. You need to do well in all activities to get an offer Less

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Did you have a mentor before

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Yes, named who it was and why I valued his opinions on leadership and other issues. Less



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suggest 5 ways of improving google maps & gmail ?

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While composing a new mail in gmail, icons related to Formatting Options, Attach Files, Insert Files using Drive, Insert Photo, Insert Link etc links needs to be shown to the user at the bottom of the compose pane. Less

In Google Maps just like Notifications icon, need to include and update the status of new mails if linked with the gmail account. In gmail need to add a link to Google Maps. Less

In Google maps, needs to develop an option which would help the user to simply select a place as FROM ADDRESS and select another place as TO ADDRESS, representing GREEN and RED buttons respectively. Route is shown from Green button to Red button, may add options if selected place is not clear, mean that nearest recognized places. Steps: 1) Select the option of SELECT DIRECTIONS 2) Select/Drag/Click GREEN button and place it on the starting address / from address Ex: 10 Kent Ct, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA. 3) Select/drag/Click RED button and place it on the ending address / to address Ex: Princeton Junction at Vaughn Drive. 4) Needs to show the route with available options. Less

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