If you were fired or laid off in your last position (or in recent years) you will almost certainly be asked about it in the interview. These can be difficult questions that can make even the strongest candidates stumble.
All you need to do is think about these questions ahead of time and prepare good, solid answers to their inevitable questions. Below are # questions you may be asked if you were terminated for whatever reason. Click on the question to go to the answer.
Many job seekers mistakenly think that a 30-60-90-day plan can only help in sales job interviews--but that isn't true. We've seen people in education, healthcare, finance, accounting, administration, operations, engineering, project management, management and executive level roles, and so many more.
Today's success story is from someone who used the 30 60 90 day plan to secure a role in the non-profit world--and who used it in salary negotiations to receive a better offer:
I'm writing to you today to let you know, and to let others who are looking for a great job know, that your 306090 works, and delivers results! I'm so happy to report to you that the document I prepared using the 306090 day template worked fabulously. I used your technique to develop my 306090 for my non-profit world. I'm sure that it was instrumental in the decision my (soon to be new) employer made about hiring me. I'm also sure it helped me in my salary negotiations. Thank you for such a great strategy and product.
If you have interviewed and not gotten the job, it's easy to feel bad about yourself. However, in many cases, the problem isn't you--it's in how you prepare for the interview. Karen failed in 18 different interviews before she began preparing differently. With the right preparation, she did well in her next two interviews and she got the job offer.
I am happy to report that I have landed a job with the State of [name withheld], administrative support in the International Business Division.
Thank you for all of your support, encouragement, and for providing the tools necessary to put into the full-time search effort. I originally found Peggy's videos searching on You Tube. A month or so prior, I had blown a second interview on an inside sales position...the deer in the headlights syndrome for some of my behavioral interview answers. ...depressed about this for weeks, laying around in my PJ's, dazed and in a real funk. I finally got out of the pity party and found your videos, ultimately leading me to sign up for Total Access, which has really made a difference, and so worth the investment.
I feel so much more confidence and felt hope, that there would be light at the end of the tunnel. After almost a year of unemployment, the rejection can wear on you. I had 20 interviews over 11 months, but only felt I did a great job on the last 2 of them, thanks to my study of your materials. Attitude is everything! My resume was okay (it was generating interviews), but I did tweak it with more keywords based on your suggestions.
What really helped, was studying my answers to questions and practice. It's really amazing--you know yourself, but putting it into words when you're nervous and so much is on the line, is really difficult. It was nice to hear you say that I wasn't the only one that was having this difficulty.
Thank you again for all you do and sharing your knowledge. I will spread the word and share my good fortune of discovering you.
If you aren't doing as well as you'd like in your job interviews, I encourage you to do something different:
Job interview questions aren't always about the past or about the now. They also want to know your plans for the future. If you get those questions, it's likely that they're trying to figure out if you will fit in with this company or if you're really interested in this job (as opposed to simply wanting a job).
Below are 6 questions you may hear on this topic. Click on the question to go to the answer.
I was asked the other day if 30-60-90-Day Plans work to get job offers outside of the US. I wanted to share Amrut's story with you so you can see how effective these plans are all over the world, with large companies (and small), at executive levels. Amrut struggled in his job search until he utilized a 90-Day Plan. It made all the difference. Congratulations, Amrut!
Dear Peggy McKee
Greetings of the day
I wish to express my gratitude to you for all the advice you provided through your webinars. After having spent considerable amount of money and having registered myself on numerous job sites and trying in vain to land a senior management level job, I had almost given up. Then one day I found you on LinkedIn and registered myself for one of your very practical and informative webinars....I was very impressed and then as suggested, I prepared a 30-60-90 day action plan. This plan was also [reviewed] by you and I was given a go ahead to put it to practical use and I did.
Then came an opportunity for an interview with a renowned European entity with worldwide presence. I implemented your suggestions and studied the organization and prepared a 30-60-90 day action plan. I felt very confident even before I attended the interview. When I presented the 30-60-90 day action plan, the interviewer was pleased and he mentioned that he was looking for a prepared candidate like me and straightaway I was offered the position of MD & Country Manager. A copy of my 30-60-90 day action plan was requested.
I am grateful to you for this positive advice at a very critical juncture in my career and life itself. I owe my success entirely to you and the fabulous practical and timely advice you gave me.
I hope our paths will cross again and I have an opportunity to meet you in person.
Yours sincerely and a grateful
We offer 30 60 90 Day Plans for all levels, from beginning to executive positions, and I strongly encourage you to get your own plan and put it together so you can stand out in your next interview and get the job offer, too.
Job interview answers that make hiring managers sit up and take notice of you are ones that clearly show how you will be a benefit to the company. With that in mind, here are 9 links to answers in my How to Answer Interview Questions Series that will especially help you grab that attention—and the offer.
Click the links to go to detailed answers for each interview question.
Tell me about yourself– your answer here sets the tone for the entire interview and gives them a succinct framework for why you would be a great hire.
This is a great story. TJ wowed them so much that a hard-to-get-into company searched to find just the right position for him. Congratulations, TJ!
I wanted to tell Peggy McKee a thousand thank yous.
Even though I narrowly lost out on the position I interviewed for, they were [so] impressed with the answers I gave based on her advice that they searched to find a position for me. I wound up getting a different, equally exciting job offer with the same company (who are hard to get into to).
In job interviews, employers will be very interested to know how you will plan to approach the job if they hire you. The best way to answer that question is with a 30-60-90-Day Plan.
Jeanne was having a lot of trouble landing a job offer (lots of applications, lots of interviews). She knew she needed help to land the job offer, so for her next interview, she got my 30 60 90 Day Sales Plan. See what happened:
Hello Peggy! I just wanted to let you know my results from using your 30 60 90 day sales plan. ...I moved from NJ to AZ [but] I didn't have a job waiting for me here and thought it would be easy to get a job once I got here. Well, turned out to be the exact opposite.
Fast forward almost five months, after countless online applications and interviews that I never heard anything back from, I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn about a job that sounded amazing! My confidence [was] now a bit shaken and deep down I had some insecurities that I was never going to get this job.
I had a phone interview with the recruiter (who works for the employer) and took an online assessment and made it to my first in-person interview with the hiring manager. The interview went great!
As we wrapped up he said we are going to have another interview and I want you to be able to tell me in our next meeting how you plan on tackling this job. I really wanted this job so I started researching online and came across your web site. After watching any video that was available on you and the 30 60 90 day plan, I knew I needed you. Let me also say that since I have been without a job for so long, money was super tight! I knew I couldn't afford not to spend the money on this. I was going to do whatever I had to do to nail this interview.
With the help of your site, I put together my 30 60 90 day sales plan. At my next interview, when the hiring manager asked if I had given any thought as to how I would tackle the job and when I responded with "well yes I have. I have prepared a 90 day plan that I would love to share with you" the look on his face was priceless!! He was not expecting this Peggy!!! I was so prepared for this interview with my written plan and with your guidance on how to present it. The interview went amazing. I was offered the job within 24 hours.
I can't thank you enough. What valuable information you pass along to job seekers. I start my new job on [date removed] and know I have you to thank. I thought you may like to hear my story and how the 30 60 90 day sales plan worked for me.
Do you dread job interviews? A lot of people do. How can you make job interviews exciting and fun? Ask Jane:
I am so thankful for your Phone Interview Tips. They are excellent. I wish I had had them sooner, because now I see why I was not successful in getting the jobs I really had wanted. I didn’t realize that a person could specify what time was best and thought I had to take it because they had phoned. I also had not known that I could be so bold as to ask for the next step in the interviewing process.
I now feel so much more confident in going for an interview — it was exciting and fun to be able to use these new techniques and watch the reactions of the interviewers. Thanks again. I still don’t have a job, but know one is around the corner. The products you offer are fantastic and you learn so much, and through it all you become more confident in yourself because of these. THANKS! - Jane
Jane says that gaining confidence from learning how to interview well is the secret to making interviews fun. Confidence while interviewing is huge...it will help you get hired.
What about interviewing holds you back and makes you not perform as well as you could? Take the reins into your own hands and learn what you need to be confident in your interviews. Here are some places to start:
See what an HR manager thinks of Career Confidential's webinars, insights, and advice for getting hired:
I was a recent participant on your webinars and took copious notes on many of your interview techniques. As an HR manager, I was aware of and agreed with your approach and expectations. Although I knew what to expect and how to interview, your comments gave me a fresh perspective and reminded me of things I had forgotten. I brought these back into practice and I was able to sell myself extremely well in my following phone screen interviews. My first face to face following the screen resulted in an offer for my dream job!
Thanks so much for your insight. I am a great believer in that regardless of our position we can always take something away from a workshop that will prove to be valuable. You provided that value for me. I am very grateful for your assistance.
What can we learn from this?
(1) No matter how experienced you are in your career, you can always be refreshed in your interview skills and even learn something new.
(2) You can get your dream job in one interview, if you interview well enough.
How you answer “Tell me about yourself” sets the tone of the entire interview. Your answer will either establish a positive bias toward you in the mind of the hiring manager—or it will show them you are not someone to be taken seriously for the job.
Click on the report below to preview this important job interview report:
In this “Quick Read” Report, you will see how to answer “Tell me about yourself”:
- How to Start
- What to Include in Your Answer (And What to Leave OUT)
- How to Make Your Answer Special So You Stand Out
You will bias the interviewer in your favor and boost your chances of getting the job offer.
When you get this report, you also get a BONUS SECTION:
The classic dilemma for career changers and new graduates is this: Employers want someone with experience (because they want proven ability), but you can't get experience unless you can get a job. So how can you show them you have the ability and get the job offer even when you don't have the actual experience of doing the job?
This was a question I recently received in one of the group coaching calls we have as a part of our Total Access Coaching Club, and I wanted to share it with you.
Here's the answer:
To convey ability without actual experience, the most important thing you can do is to provide them with a forward-looking document that shows what you would do in the job.
Present this document in the interview and communicate to them that “this is what I will do in the first 90 days of this job.”
When you create and present this document to them, you'll be demonstrating your ability to do the job without experience because you’ll be talking about key pieces of the job that you’ll execute on. They’ll be asking you questions and you’ll be answering them. Through your ability to answer those questions, through your ability to present that plan of what you can do and show them the insight you’re going to have in this job, you will convey your ability to do this job without experience.