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.
With the growing number of video interviews, there’s not a good reason to assume you won’t be asked to be part of one. Business video chats are not in the same category as a Skype or Google hangout because there is a level of professional behavior expected from all parties. Many business meetings are being held in a video conference, too, so these skills are going to be essential in most careers.
One of The New Secrets to Rocking Your Skype Interview that Scott Dockweiler gives us on The Muse is the “digital handshake.” This substitute for a physical shaking of hands is a way to show you are friendly, professional, and ready to get started. This is how you do the first impression successfully, laying the foundation for good communication during the rest of the meeting. Without that good first impression, the rest of the meeting is an attempt to overcome bad vibes.
If you want to stand out from other candidates, and have an excellent interview that results in a job offer, you should ask questions. I've put together a starting list of great questions to ask your interviewer. Weave some of these questions into the conversation (don't ask them all at once) and you will have a fantastic job interview.
Questions That Give You Better Answers To Their Questions
- What would an ideal candidate for this job look like?
- Tell me about your most successful employee.
- What tasks will define success for this job?
- What would sink an employee in this position?
What they say in response to these types of questions will tell you what they consider important. This knowledge will help you deliver better, more tailored answers to their questions.
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!
If you want the job offer, you have to be just a little bit better than everyone else. However, that doesn't mean that you necessarily have to be more qualified, more educated, or even more skilled. Below are 5 tips that will help you beat out everyone else and get the job offer.
Research the Company
The more you know about the company and the job, the better off you will be. Start with the company website, and then go to Google. Find their mission statement, values, products, marketing strategy, competitors, recent news, plans for growth, and so on--anything you can find to make you more informed about this company.
Then, check out the company's Facebook and LinkedIn page, as well as the social media pages of the executives and managers who currently work there. Social media sites will give you different information about the company, and individual pages will fill you in on things like background and career path of their top execs.
If you haven't done this job before, consider arranging a job shadow to get a better grasp of the day-to-day details.
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!
The videos allow you to hear tone, inflection, and other subtleties that make a big difference in the quality of your answer. Not everyone learns the same, so videos may be just what you need to develop the best job interview answers you've ever delivered.
99% of job seekers (more than 270,000) who have experienced these say that they improve their interview answers immediately.
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:
Videos give you something written answers don't: tone, inflection, and other subtleties that make a big difference in the quality of your answer. Not everyone learns the same, so videos may be just what you need to develop perfect interview answers.
99% of the job seekers (more than 270,000) who have experienced these say that they improve their interview answers immediately.
I recently disagreed strongly with Penelope Trunk's advice for women (Should Women Negotiate Salary?) and I got some fantastic responses from women who donegotiate job offers. I wanted to share 3 of these with you because they teach important lessons for us all:
Edie negotiated for benefits when they wouldn't budge on salary, showing us that salary isn't the only valuable thing on the table:
I negotiated for the paid monthly parking space. I was told they couldn't afford to pay an additional $5000/year for salary [so] I asked if they would pay for the parking fee. They said yes. That was $4200/year. That's why I wanted the $5000 to begin with. It was a win-win situation for both of us, I'm sure.
Women must be assertive and must know what basics they need to include in the salary they are asking for.
Debbie learned the penalties of failing to negotiate a long time ago...
Executive jobs are few and far between, and the competition is intense. Imagine what it would be like to get an offer for a director-level job 90 minutes after the interview? This is what Randy did. He went from getting interviews but no offers, to getting an executive job offer within an hour and a half of the interview. What a turnaround. Please read his story below to find out how he accomplished this, so you can do it, too.
Hello Peggy (and staff),
I'm a veteran of job searches (not by plan) over the last 10 years. Lately I had been getting the interviews, but no offers. I came across your site and what struck me most was the 30-60-90 day plan.
I recognized the need to re-energize my campaign, do something different, so I signed on for many of your programs. What a difference it made in landing this job.
The hiring manager (COO) said he brought in 6 candidates for the director-level job, and [the team] each interviewed 6 people. He said I was first on 5 ballots, and second on the other, and was clearly the best-prepared candidate.
I spent a lot of time crafting the 30-60-90 day plan, made sure to review it with him (he spent an extra hour with me), used your techniques to close on the job, and was able to answer more than several of the 101 toughest interview questions with your help. I nailed the interview; he called me with an offer 90 minutes after I left.
Thank you so much for your advice and assistance. Definitely the best money I've ever spent (outside of my engagement ring).
This is what a difference a 30-60-90-Day Plan makes...it elevates your interview so much that they are incredibly impressed with you and offer you the job.
Do you have a file folder somewhere with your past performance reviews in it? How about the award letter you received--or the note from your boss complimenting you on a job well done? During a job interview, have you ever thought, "I wish I could show an example of my work on my resume"?
These kinds of things should all be collected together in one spot--a brag book.
Brag books (aka kudos folders, success files, professional portfolios, etc.) are fairly well-known in sales rep circles, but they are such amazing tools for job interviews that if you don't have one, you are missing out. In a job interview, brag books provide such compelling evidence of your success, they can absolutely help you get the job offer.