The story below shows what a difference a 30-60-90-Day Plan can make in the level and quality of your communication in the interview. For Dereck, it made the difference between losing out on a job he could have done with his eyes closed and getting an offer (from another interview) for a more senior role at a higher salary:
After taking a 5-year career break to look after my children following the death of my wife, I decided ...to resume my career now that I am remarried and the children are much more independent. After having sooooo many job applications ignored or turned down...I finally got invited for an interview. It went dreadfully even though I could have done the job with my eyes closed.
I studied these with interest and did my preparation. Went to the interview with my question list and 306090 day plan, but some of my experience wasn’t broad enough. Although I was turned down for the job, the interviewing manager recommended me to his directors stating “this was the best prepared candidate I have ever seen and we would be mad to let him go”.
So I was invited back for another interview for a more senior role that didn’t yet exist, and for which they had no other candidates. This was a unique challenge – but I still did a 306090 day plan for it (based simply on a one-word hint from the recruiting team), extending it to cover tasks in months 4-6 and beyond
Today I was offered this more senior job, on a good salary, with promise of a review after 6 months to increase that further once the role has been properly scoped. I’m defining my own dream job!
And all because your books taught me to be prepared. Thank you so much for all the great advice.
Without a plan, he was totally qualified for the job--but he didn't get it. WITH the plan, they were so impressed with him that they invited him back to interview for a HIGHER level position they created just for him. It doesn't get any better than that.
Meghan worried that creating a plan was too 'over the top.' See what Meghan's interviewer said about her 30-60-90-Day Plan:
I can't say enough about THE 30/60/90 day plan book. I bought it... in preparation for an interview I had coming up for my dream job. I have several years experience under my belt but I am just graduating from college.
I took my time, did my research and came up with a solid 30/60/90 per the book's instructions. I was nervous. I thought I could come across as arrogant or that doing the plan was being over the top. I brought the plan anyway and at the right moment, introduced it.
They were impressed but didn't act WOW'ed so I didn't know how to perceive it.
As I was leaving the interview, I ran into my competition. Someone with many years' more experience than myself and someone I know has had a degree for YEARS....decades, really.
Today, I got a call that they had chosen ME to move forward in the hiring process. What tipped the scales? My enthusiasm, my brag book (also a suggestion from Peggy) and my 30/60/90 showed them I was a forward thinker and the type of person they wanted on their team. During the panel interview, one person even said, "I'm glad you did this. I need someone who will think this way."
Thank you, Peggy. I hadn't gone on an interview for a corporate level job..well, ever. This was dynamite and I know it set me apart from my competition.
Creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan isn't arrogant--it's smart. It's forward-thinking, it's enthusiastic, and it's goal-oriented. It shows a potential employer what kind of person you are and what you are capable of, and it gets you the offer...even over competitors with more experience.
100-Day Plans aren’t just for Presidents and C-Level executives. Everyone interviewing for a new job can use a 100-Day Plan (or 90-Day Plan) to better prepare for the interview, enjoy more effective communication in the interview, and have a framework for success in those all-too-critical first few months on the job.
Stronger Interview Prep
To create an effective 100-Day Plan, you must research the job and the company extensively. It’s the only way to create a plan that is tailored to that company and that job. However, that research has a huge, ‘hidden’ benefit: with that knowledge, you will be able to deliver exponentially stronger answers to interview questions than you would without it.
Would you like a dynamic way to prove to hiring managers that you have what it takes to be successful? Would you like to stand head and shoulders above all the other candidates for the job? This is what a 30 60 90 Day Plan will do for you. You actually get a job faster using a plan because it does all these things for you (and more) in the job interview. Take a peek at Finding a Job Fast Using a 30/60/90-Day Plan below. It's available on Amazon. Get it, read it, and use a plan to get the job.
Anyone who's tried to move from a government job to the private sector knows that it can be difficult to escape the "government worker" label. I want to share Missy's story with you (she's a lawyer) to show you how you can bridge that gap and get the job with a 30 60 90 Day Plan:
Dear Peggy, thank you for promoting the 30-60-90 day plan. As a former government agency head, I was really stymied in trying to find job opportunities outside of the government sector as I was labeled a "government worker."
As someone who has never been in the box and has always excelled at creative workarounds in an environment that set me up for failure, I found it discouraging and totally unwarranted.
In any event, I put together a unique 30-60-90 day plan for how to implement a real in-house counsel office within a publicly-traded corporation and bam, I got the interview and the job. The general counsel told me they'd never gotten homework from anyone during an interview, until they met me. Thank you!!!!!
I have been promoting you and your common sense approach to all of my lawyer friends who are looking for new opportunities and there are many of them...many thanks for all of your efforts and dedication.
If you are moving from one work environment to another, one career to another, or are just new to a job, a 30-60-90-Day Plan demonstrates that you have the knowledge and the drive to do the job. It takes away any fears or doubts they may have about hiring you.
*Find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans, and get started on yours today so you can get that job offer!
30/60/90-day plans work for job interviews at all levels...from new graduates to President of the company. In Allan's case, the plan helped him show his fit for the job and the company. He says it 'unequivocally differentiated' him from the other candidates. What job seeker doesn't want that?
I hope this finds you well. I'm happy to tell you that I recently began a new role as President of a small, privately held distribution company in Las Vegas. As we discussed, "fit" was a key criteria for me in my search, and the alignment on every level with the business owners is remarkable. I'm excited about the role and the opportunity ahead of us. It's different than anything I've ever done, yet will require all of the skills and experience I've accrued in my career.
Obviously I was a client, but thank you for your support and counsel during my search. As you know it isn't an easy process, and the tools and advice that you provided were critical to success. In particular the advice about being relentless on the networking process, the tips about dealing with ageism, and most especially the 30-60-90-Day Plan were key for me. I would be happy to provide a testimonial about the 30/60/90-Day Plan...it unequivocally differentiated me in the search and interview processes, and provided a basis for guiding the discussion where I wanted it to go...to the skills and experience that I could bring to a role.
If you are ready to stand out from your competition and show your fit for the company, find out more about 30-60-90-day plans and get yours started today.
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If you've heard of 30-60-90-day plans but never considered bringing them to a job interview, you are not alone. Some job seekers hesitate to step outside of the norm and others simply believe they won't work. If this is you, you are missing out. Read Brian's comments below:
When I first heard about 30-60-90 day plans, I was at best skeptical. I thought that they came across as presumptuous, demonstrated a lack of flexibility, and opened the door for communicating a lack of understanding of the scope, politics, and operating climate in a new role. Several people had encouraged me to use them, but I refused.
But, after a few interviews failed to translate into offers, I revisited the idea. I purchased your package and quickly realized that the problem wasn't the plan itself, it was the WAY I was thinking about them.
To make a long story short, for my very next interview, I followed your plan and developed a 30-60-90 proposal that blew their socks off. After 6 months of searching, I got a great offer from a great organization!!
Thank you very much from a reformed 30-60-90 skeptic!!!
Are you a nurse in search of a new job? Look at Ramona's timeline of success with a 30-60-90-Day Plan:
She used our 30-60-90-Day Action Plan Template to put together her plan the evening before her interview. She interviewed in the morning, and by that afternoon, received a job offer as a Nurse Supervisor in a home care agency.
I thought that I'd drop you a line to let you know how the 30/60/90 day Action Plan worked for me. I bought your template and audio coaching yesterday afternoon and worked yesterday evening to put my action plan together. I had no time to lose. My second job interview was scheduled this morning. I brought my action plan in to my interview this morning and by this afternoon I received and accepted a job offer as a Nurse Supervisor in a well known home care agency.
Imagine your job interview automatically turning into scheduling your onboarding process with the company! That's what a 30-60-90-Day Plan did for a Country Manager (because of the conversation it allows you to have in the interview), and that's what it can do for you. Karolina got 2 job offers in the same week by using a 30-60-90-Day Plan. See her story...
I would like to thank you for your invaluable help - after several months of my unsuccessful job search I have finally found a great job. I am going to take up the position of the Country Manager of a global logistics company in Poland. The offer I got even exceeded my expectations.
In job interviews, 30-60-90-day plans help you communicate your value so that you are the clear winner--and get the offer.
I used the 30-60-90 day sales plan [in a panel interview] and blew away the interviewers so much they actually offered me the job within 24 hours. This was after initially telling me they had one more interviewee coming in the following week.
...When the panel got back together the next day they decided there was no need to have any more interviews. This was the one job I really wanted.
Thanks for all of your help.
Mike's plan convinced an entire panel to give him the job he really wanted.
Are you about to interview for your dream job? Get your 30-60-90-Day Plan now. Never interview without it.
If you've ever had any doubt about the power of a 30-60-90-day plan in an executive job search, Tom's story should put it to rest. After 8 months with no luck, he brought a 30-60-90-day plan to his interview and beat out 2 other candidates for a VP job--as a 62-year old.
After 8 frustrating months, I just landed a VP level position with a well-known company. Being 62 years old made this even more remarkable. My resume was already in the format you suggest, but handing the 30/60/90 day plan to the hiring manager made the difference. There were two other qualified candidates, but my new boss specifically mentioned the action plan as something special. Thanks for your help!
Say you have a panel interview with one of the world's leading companies...what do you do?
...I recently used your 30/60/90 day plan at an interview with Apple Inc., and the results were astonishing. During the panel interview, I received a surprised reaction from the panelists when I showed them my 30/60/90 day plan, but as you said they were receptive to it. One of them actually said, "Oh, that's cute." I did not get a chance to finish the 60/90 portion of my plan because they said position was so new, and that it was hard to predict the future needs of the position. The next day, I received a call back from my recruiter with a job offer.
My recruiter said he received high remarks from my interviewers about my business plan. I will use it again to negotiate my salary in the future.
Thank you so much, Peggy!
The 30-60-90-Day Plan:
Elevates the quality of your interview
Enhances your communication
Dramatically improves your interview performance
Causes you to stand out
Gets you the job offer
Get your 30-60-90-Day Plan today and use it in your next interview to get the offer!
It's not always enough for me to tell you something works--sometimes you need to hear from people who were in the same boat...
If you want to be effective in landing interviews and getting a job, I highly recommend you purchase and follow closely the instructions Peggy McKee and the Career Confidential staff give. I got in front of hiring managers and landed multiple interviews by following their instructions. The 30-60-90 day plan and how to follow up after the interview are worth the price alone. Peggy and her staff are genuine and hung in there with me until I landed a job.
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If you're in the job search, I want to see a note like this from you soon. So here's what you should do:
You don't have the perfect background or
quite enough experience?
You don't stand out as the "wow" candidate?
You get interviews, but no offers?
The easiest and best way to get past those very common issues is towrite a 30-60-90-day plan and bring it to your interview--that's the straightforward, honest truth. It works if you're a brand-new graduate and it works if you're a seasoned veteran of your career.
I've used it myself (and got 5 offers the last time I was in the job search) and I've had my candidates use it for years--because it gets them hired.
Once you use one of these plans, you will never go to another interview without one. They're that good. We have a ton of information about 30-60-90-day plans on this blog you can use to write one, but here are two to start with:
Or, if you want to just cut to the chase and get it done (or even if you just need the confidence of an expert who's got your back), check out our 30-60-90-day plan samples and templates that come with all my tips and tricks for writing and presenting these plans to make you very comfortable using this tool in an interview: