What Is a 30-60-90-Day Plan? (...and Why Do You Need One for Your Next Job Interview?)
What is a 30-60-90-day plan?
If you've heard the term but you don't quite know what all the fuss is about, read on and discover this job interview miracle tool.
A 30-60-90-day plan is a written outline of your goals in the first 3 months on the job. It's broken into 3 parts each detailing what you will do in:
- the first 30 days (training, getting to know your way around)
- the next 30 days (the 60-day part...getting deeper into the details, preparing longer-term goals, etc.)
- the next 30 days (the 90-day part...launching off on your own, taking initiative, implementing plans, significantly contributing to the company in your role)
BEFORE your first job interview with a company, you research the job and the company, create one of these plans for the position, and bring it to the interview to discuss with the hiring manager (your potential new boss). 30/60/90-day plans "Wow" hiring managers in a big, big way. Why? When you walk in to that interview, the interviewer is thinking, "Well, this person's resume looks good, but can he (or she) really do the job? How do I know this person's got what it takes? Will I make a mistake if I hire this person?" The 30/60/90-day plan tells them that you are someone who:
- Knows their stuff (even if you've never done the job)
- Has a strong work ethic and goes the extra mile to do a great job
- Practically guaranteed to be an amazing choice to hire
If you ever thought, "I wish I knew how to really stand out from the other candidates," the 30/60/90-Day Plan is your answer.
What's the catch?
It takes some work on your part to write one...and that's BEFORE you get the job. You have to do quite a bit of research to do it well.
What's the advantage?
Not only will you stand out and impress them with your plan, you will be able to answer interview questions like a champ because you learned so much from all that research. Win, win, win.
30-60-90-day plans give you a MUCH better shot at getting the job.
Not only do these great business plans make it more likely that you'll get hired, they can even realistically even get you a better job than the one you applied for.
Need an example? See Pete's story:
I have been out of work for over a year. I am a store manager for a floor covering company for over 30 years. I have interviewed several times and I was fully qualified, but there were 30 other people as fully qualified, and I was missing something every time and never got the job. I went to an interview last week and took your 30-60-90 day plan, of course I customized it to me and my profession, and it worked!!!!! He was so impressed with my plan that he not only hired me, he hired me as a general manager for all his stores, A 6 figure job. Much more than I was interviewing for.
Changed his life.
Who can use a 30-60-90-day plan in the interview?
Every white collar job is ideal for one of these plans. Every job has goals to meet in order for you to be successful. The 30-60-90-Day Plan simply puts it on paper. Remember, if you write down a goal, you're more likely to meet it. Hiring managers know that. If they see that you are someone who can thoughtfully create targeted goals as well as a plan for achieving them, they will want to hire you.
How can you get a 30/60/90-day plan of your own?
You can certainly take the concept and ride off into the sunset to do it on your own...use Google, LinkedIn, company websites, and other sources to create a very good plan. It will do nothing but good things for you.