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. You will be very comfortable using this tool in an interview. You have two options:
30-60-90-Day Action Plans for everyone else (people always ask if these plans are worth it if you're not in sales, but actually they're even more impressive outside of sales jobs)
These plans really do work. You will communicate better and sell yourself for the job.
They give you an enormous boost over "you don't have enough experience."
They polish you so that you outshine every other candidate.
They get you job offers.
Create a 30-60-90-Day Plan for your next interview and you'll see what I mean.
A 30 60 90 day plan is a simple idea with a powerful impact. Basically, it's an outline of what you intend to do in your first 3 months on the job.
But it's also a goal-setting document that shows you understand the job and you know what it takes to be successful at it. It covers everything from your training to your efforts to help grow the business.
Using a 30-60-90-day plan to show that you’ve done your homework, analyzed the position, and thoughtfully considered how you can best serve this particular company in this particular capacity is very impressive to a hiring manager. This kind of effort is the advantage you need that will set you apart from other candidates and get you hired.
Every job has a period where you’re learning the ropes, getting up to speed, and moving out on your own to make significant contributions to the organization. All a 30-60-90-day plan does is elaborate on that, and demonstrate what that will look like with you on the job.
How you put together your plan will vary by whatever industry or career area you’re in, but all jobs will have a basic structure you’ll follow when you start:
To really shine in the interview, you want to blow the hiring manager away with your focus, energy, initiative and dedication right from the start. The 30/60/90-day plan is the way to do that.
The first 30 days of your plan is usually focused on training–learning the company systems, products, and customers. The next 30 days (the 60-day part) are focused more on getting rolling in your job…less training and more activity. The last 30 days (the 90-day part) are the “getting settled” part, so this section should include things that take more initiative, such as handling projects on your own or going after new business.
Let me give you just a few examples of how this looks in 3 different areas…sales, management-level jobs, and technical jobs.
What’s the best way to highlight your experience, skills, or talents and compel the hiring manager to offer you the job?
Use a 30 60 90 Day Action Plan to answer the 4 most important questions on every hiring manager’s mind:
Do you understand the job?
Can you do the job?
WILL you do the job?
Will you pose a risk to my own continued employment?
One of a manager’s most critical tasks is to choose good employees. Their own job success depends on choosing the right people to be on their team. When you create a 30 60 90 day Action Plan, you answer all 4 of those critical questions and take the risk out of hiring you.
The 30 60 90 Day Action Plan is possibly THE most valuable tool for you as a job seeker. I would never, ever go to an interview without it.
A 90 day action plan is key to your success in your new job, but it's vital that you create your 90 day plan template for your new job BEFORE your first interview, or you might not get the job.
First impressions count, so you want to meet your potential new employer with not just your “A” game, but with an “A+++” game. Never treat the first interview as a get-to-know-you session. They will weed you out and move forward with the serious candidate. So don’t wait to “Wow” them. Bringing a 90 day plan for your first interview will make you at least a 20%-30% stronger candidate, and you’ll have a much more successful interview.
Take the information you learn in your first interview, revamp your plan for the second interview, and you’ll knock every other candidate completely out of the running.
How to create a 90 day plan Read more...
Even though you might understand how much stronger you would be in your job interview with a 30/60/90-day plan, you could run into a problem finding the information you need, as well as actually creating a plan. Not to worry...it's entirely possible to find everything you need and create a plan that will knock the socks off any hiring manager.
You just have to know where to look and what to look for in order to make a great 30 60 90 day plan.
What goes into a killer 30 60 90 Day Sales Plan?
The first 30 days should focus on training--learning the company systems, products, and customers.
Therefore, most of the items in your 30-day plan should be along the lines of:
A 90-Day Business Plan for your job interview is an outstanding tool to show the interviewer why you're the one they should hire--whether you're very experienced or just starting out in your field.
If you really want the job and you're facing some stiff competition, a 90-day business plan is what you need to get the offer.
Your next step is to find out what a 90-Day Business Plan is, what it does for you, and how to create one for your next job interview.
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? Read more...
You can always create a 30-60-90-day plan on your own--and if that's what you want to do, absolutely go for it. It will be worth it. But if you'd like samples, a template, and some serious expert coaching to write and use your plan in the interview, check out our 30-60-90-Day Action Plan. (Or our specialized Sales Plan for sales reps.)