I love this job search success story because not only does it prove that it's possible to turn around a bad interview and save your job offer, it's also possible to get hired at any time of the year--even in the holiday season.
Dear Ms. McKee,
My name is Ziyad S. and I graduated from [name withheld] University in 201x with a degree in Chemical Engineering. I listened to your webinar and youtube videos around 2 months ago.
The Fall of 201x was a hectic time for me. I was applying to jobs, networking with people and had many interviews yet many turn downs. On the 14th of December, I had a phone interview with [name withheld]. I knew I had messed it up because I hadn't answered the hiring manager's questions about a program correctly and he told me he expected a better answer from me.
Having known that I messed up the brief, 10-minute interview, I decided to learn from your tutorial. I watched about the 30/60/90 day plan and put it to immediate action. In around an hour after the interview, I prepared the brief plan and sent it along with my thank you note to the hiring manager. Today, I opened my email in the afternoon finding an offer from the company! And may I say, what an amazing start to the New Year it was for me.
Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you ever so much! I really think you have made a difference in my career search and in others as well. I wish you all the best!
I want to congratulate Ziyad on his persistence and aggressiveness in his job search. It would be difficult for most people to take that extra step of creating a 30-60-90-day plan after a bad phone interview, but he did it and it made him stand out, impressed the hiring manager, and paid off in a job offer.
Ziyad mentions our webinars and YouTube videos, so I wanted to give you the links to each:
Preparing an action plan for your job interview is the best job interview prep in the world. It will help you speak more confidently about your ability to do the job, and demonstrate that you are someone who not only can do the job, but will do it and be very successful at it.
How do you do an action plan for your job interview?
The best way to come up with an action plan is just like with any other goal: break it into smaller goals and figure out the steps to reach those.
An action plan can refer to any length of time you'd like--from 30 days to a year. Most people use an action plan for the first 90 days, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan.
When you break up your plan into 30-day increments, it becomes easier to figure out what you should be doing in each section.
The first 30 days normally focuses on learning the ropes: meeting co-workers, support teams, customers, clients; learning software and systems; and getting settled into the job.
The next 30 days (60-day section) usually finds you digging deeper, past the surface stuff. You're learning more details and becoming familiar with the job and the company, and you're getting feedback on how you've done so far.
The better prepared you are, the more confident you will be in any job interview. If you're prepared and confident, you can better accomplish your job interview goals: (1) to demonstrate what you can do and how you can be successful; and (2) that you are the strategic-thinking problem solver they need on their team. The very best way to prepare for top performance in any job interview and accomplish your goals (and get the offer) is to create a 60-Day Interview Plan.
What is a 60 Day Interview Plan and how do you write one?
A 60 Day Interview Plan is simply a plan, or strategy, for how you will attack your new job in the first 2 months. (Some people do a 30-Day Business Plan, others do a 90-Day Plan, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan.) If you're creating a 60-Day Plan, it's most common to break that up into two 30-day sections.
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The best tool you could ever bring to any job interview is an action plan for how you would attack the job and be successful in it. Writing an action plan shows who you are and what you can do in a substantial way, and makes you stand head and shoulders above those who did not write their own plan.
Just like with any big goal, the best place to start is to break it down in to smaller, more specific goals. So, with an action plan for the first 90 days on the job, you'd break it up into smaller sections: the first 30 days, the next 30 days (60 day) and the last 30 days (90 day).
Then you'd think about what specifically you'd need to take action on in each of those time frames.
Another success story where they were able not only to find a position within a month but got a higher level position than what they interviewed for, by using 30/60/90 Day Plan. Don't think that you don't need this...this is an experienced job seeker!
I wanted to thank you for your passion and expertise in assisting individuals in navigating the stormy employment waters; especially for the experienced job seekers out there. It did take longer then I expected but I stayed true to the process and received an outstanding offer yesterday that I accepted.
I had 8 interviews over 2 days; one of which was with the President of the division. I prepared from the beginning with researching the company, up-grading my resume, cover letter, interviewing questions, "Brag-Book" and yes my 30/60/90 day plan for success. The process took less then 1 month to offer. They were in the process of making an offer to another individual until they received my resume and cover letter. The President actually took me out for lunch and expressed his appreciation on how well I was prepared and actually told me they would be making me an offer! They started discussing money immediately which was outstanding when the offer came through it was almost 10% higher. I actually was offered a higher position then I interviewed for and will be a Director of Domestic and International Business Development.
A 90 Day Interview Plan is also known as a 90-Day Plan, a Business Plan, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan. Whatever you call it, the point is that it’s a plan—a plan for how you will attack your new job in the first 90 days of employment. Having a plan, or a strategy, in place helps you show your true value to a potential employer.
Why does a 90 Day Interview Plan give you a better interview?
Discussing your plan with the interviewer goes much deeper than standard interview questions and answers. It helps them “see” you in the job and shows them who you really are and what you can do to benefit their company. It’s one of the best interview tools to enhance your communication (which is what interviews are all about).
What’s in a 90 Day Interview Plan?
The easiest way to create a plan is to subdivide it into 3 sections:
First 30 Days – This usually consists of getting familiar with the company and all the details of your new job. You’ll meet your co-workers, counterparts, customers, and support departments. You’ll organize yourself and get situated before you can be effective in your job.
Second 30 Days (60 Days) – This is when you get more involved in the details…become more active, make evaluations of your actions so far, and get feedback.
Last 30 Days (90 Days) – By now, you should be on your own…implementing changes, beginning projects, generating ideas, going after new customers, etc.
Every plan should be customized for the job you’re interviewing for, and each section should be at least a page long. If you can do this on your own, that’s great. If you know you need help creating a job-winning 90 Day Interview Plan, get my proven 30-60-90-Day Plan with template, samples, and coaching. It will be the best move you can make before your next interview.
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I came across your web site because I had to make a 30-60-90-Day Plan for a job interview here in Norway. I had never done one before and found your web page through a Google search.
I can tell you now that I killed the competition in the job interview with my plan using your templates and all the information that I was able to get through webinars, videos and the like.
The company I worked for downsized almost 50% of their staff and the last employees that were hired were the first ones that had to go. This is the first time in my life (I am 51) that I was out of work.
I had a Director position in that company and the loss of the job came as a shock.
I can tell you that with the help of your tools and templates, I was able to land a job as the COO of the Norwegian Branch of an insurance investment company based in London.
In my previous Director position I had an annual salary of about $160,000 before benefits. My new job now pays $200,000 and as soon as I bring in another $300,000 of new business they will raise my salary to $250,000!
Needless to say, your system of job searching and interviewing can help anyone in any position. Apparently anywhere in the world!
It only took me 2 months to find this job. I thought I was going to be out of work for at least 6 months. Thanks again for all your help!
I received this great letter from Stephanie about how the 30-60-90-Day Action Plan helped her shine in her phone interview and face-to-face interviews and beat out 3 internal candidates for the job!
I wanted to take a few moments to compliment you on the 30-60-90 Day Action Plan... Last month, I used them to prepare for a series high profile [face-to-face] interviews.
[I first had a phone screen.] After receiving feedback on my phone screen, the interview panel said that I did not distinguish myself from the other candidates in the pool. Once I heard this... I was on a mission!
I...decided to sign up for Career Confidential and download the [30-60-90-Day Action Plan] tools (Word doc and [PowerPoint] template). I thought I knew how to do an action plan - was I wrong! ;) Your course and tools made me even more confident during my [2nd] phone discussion with the hiring manager. I was very capable in discussing my specific plan if I were given the job assignment tomorrow. And he bought!
As a result, I was invited to participate in 8 F2F interviews with 3 VPs, 3 Directors, and 2 Sr. Managers. With your help... I delivered! I could tell that each panel member was very interested in my thought process and was very impressed that I had given great thought to my action plan for the first 30-60-90 days. Apparently, the other candidates did not have an Action Plan. Following my interviews with the Leadership team, I had a 3 1/2 hour lunch with the hiring manager. His first question was, "Tell me, how did you prepare for this interview?"
He was blown away by my in-depth review of the job and what would be needed to on-board the new hire quickly. And get this... I am an external candidate and the competition was three internal candidates!
I am very happy to report that yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call with their intent to move forward with me and they will have a job offer in my hands tomorrow! I can't believe this all took place in less than 4 weeks! Thank you!!!
Now, since I have to negotiate the salary, I will be checking out your course on this topic tomorrow. ;) [Salary Negotiating]
Thanks again for your awesome videos and practical tools needed to shine during interviews. Well done!
Please notice this about Stephanie...in her first phone interview, she was good, but she did not stand out. The only thing she did differently was to add a 30-60-90-Day Plan to her interview preparation and conversation. The plan made an enormous difference for Stephanie and ended up getting her the offer, even over 3 internal candidates.
If you are doing well in interviews, but not getting the offer, I encourage you to create a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan for your next interview so that you can get the offer, too.
Have you been out of the work force for a while? This mom was home for 18 years, but she landed the job by "over-preparing" for her interviews and bringing a 30-60-90-Day Plan.
Peggy and Career Confidential,
Thank you for contributing to my success in closing the sale. In my first phone interview, I used many of your suggestions outlined in your "Interview Preparation Guide" and was OVER PREPARED for the call! Next, I used your template for a 30/60/90 Day Sales Plan and customized it in the in-person interview with the hiring manager.. she was so impressed that she told me that she was going to present it in her team sales meeting the next day!!!
For the third interview, I customized a PowerPoint presentation for the panel Mock CIO Sales call that I put together from the "Interview Preparation Guide" again. And finally, on the fourth interview over the phone with the Regional VP of Sales, he was so excited, he welcomed me to the team! Later that afternoon, the hiring manager sent me an email saying, "She just had to laugh, she didn't expect him to 'make the offer', but figured that she nailed it again!"
Peggy, I have been a stay at home Mom for 18 years after a successful 7 year sales career with IBM and have been searching for a job for 8 months!!
I am excited to begin my new career in sales next Monday! Thank you for your expertise and materials to provide the resources I needed to close the sale and get the job!
DeAnne was able to go back to the same career she left 18 years before simply by learning how to interview very well (she used the Job Interview Prep Kit and the 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan). Someone else might have given up after being out so long and coming back to the job market at her age (well over 40), but DeAnne brought her A game and got the job! Way to go, DeAnne!
A 30-60-90-day plan is a written outline of what you will do as an employee within the first 3 months of your new job. It’s broken up into sections: the first 30 days usually includes training and getting to know the company (customers/clients/products/services/procedures); the next 30 days are focused on getting out on your own and into the swing of things; and the last 30 days are often more about branching out, launching your own projects, or bringing in new business.
If you get interviews but not the job, this is the book for you.
I have been out of work for over a year...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...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. - Pete Carr
This comprehensive book gives you the training to create a strategic plan for success in your first 3 months on the job. You'll learn:
* What a 30/60/90-Day Plan is and why it's so impressive to hiring managers
* What benefit it brings to you as a candidate in the interview
Watch this video to see how 4 different job candidates did something special (that you could do, too) and got the offer. You've got to see it...these were some truly great ideas, and I know they will help you.
If you would like help or additional information on using these techniques to get the offer, click the links below:
You don't have the perfect background or quite enough experience?
You don't stand out as the "wow" candidate?
You get lots of interviews, but no offers?
The easiest and best way to get past those very common obstacles 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: