I'm excited to let you know I was interviewed for a Monster.com article on How to End a Job Interview! This article by Margaret Steen, for Yahoo! HotJobs, has some great advice on what to make sure you do before you leave any job interview, including:
Know the Next Steps
Lay the Groundwork for Your Follow Up
Close the Sale
I am thrilled to have been a resource--thanks, Margaret!
Even though you know how much stronger you'll be in the interview with a 30/60/90-day plan, you may have trouble finding the information you need to create one. Rest assured--if you're determined, you can find everything you need.
Step 1 - Start Online
Google the company first to see what's new with them lately, and then check out the corporate website. After that, find the company's page on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.These kinds of pages often have different information than they put on their corporate site.
According to Forbes magazine, the average job gets well over 100 applicants. For an HR professional, sorting through those applications can be a job unto itself. Automated application systems can only do so much work for you - some applicants have learned to game those systems, while highly-qualified applicants can fall through the cracks. Phone screenings are efficient but it's difficult to interview efficiently when you can't see the applicant or their body language. In-person interviews are ideal but require so much time, and it's difficult and expensive to schedule in-person interviews for applicants outside of the area.
I'm excited to let you know I was interviewed for a Monster.com article on Conducting Offsite Job Interviews! This article by Dona DeZube, Monster Interview Expert, has some great advice on interview setting and strategy when conducting offsite interviews. I am thrilled to have been a resource--thanks, Dona!
Are you one of those people who talk when they are nervous? It’s pretty easy to do — and very damaging to your career if you don’t learn how to control it. That old adage about having two ears and one mouth so you can listen twice as much as you talk is actually good advice for every part of your working world, from the interview to get the job to the moves into management and executive leadership.
The Big Mistake You Can Make
When you sit down for an interview, one of the big questions in the interviewer’s mind is what you will be like to work with. It’s a valid question because most jobs do involve some level of teamwork. So in order to answer the big questions, the way you answer smaller questions is observed. Speaking without listening is a red flag because it indicates that since you don’t listen here, in the job interview, you won’t listen later, on the job.
Are you graduating soon? Or maybe you're transitioning from one industry to another? Either way, your lack of experience could keep you from getting the job you want. Luckily, you can overcome this obstacle with a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview. See how it worked for Patty:
I just want to give you a big THANK YOU. I purchased the 30/60/90 Business Plan video. It really walked me through step-by-step on the structure and preparation. I used it on my very next job interview. I was competing with 3 other candidates that were just as qualified. I actually didn't have the exact experience for the position. One of your videos indicated to erase that from your mind--that a company would not have scheduled me for a face-to-face interview if they didn't think I was capable. I kept that in mind during the whole interview. With the help of your videos I was able to prepare for the interview and find a way to present my 30/60/90 day plan. I completely wowed them. Needless to say, I got the job offer. With experience in the job but with no industry experience, I got it because of your videos...I am so grateful. Thank you!!!
Patty, we are thrilled for you.
If you know you want the edge that a 30-60-90-Day Plan will give you in your job interview...
I wanted to share this wonderful note from a nurse practitioner to show you that 30-60-90-day plans can work in the healthcare field, and they can help students. She got her job before she finished her degree. See how she did it:
I want to express my thanks and gratitude for your 30-60-90 Day Plan. I borrowed money from my Mom to pay for the program in October 20XX. I was starting to look for and apply for nurse practitioner positions before graduating from my nurse practitioner program. I was very scared and I didn't have much confidence in my ability to interview or even that hiring managers would look at my resume since I wasn't yet done with school.
My Mom sent an email of yours to me and I was interested in improving my chances of being noticed during the interview. I watched your YouTube videos and read your blog, but I knew I needed something more. The 30-60-90 Day plan was perfect. I listened to the presentations and created my own personal plan to present to hiring managers. I created it in color and sent them to Staples so that they could be printed in high quality ink and on heavy paper stock. I scored 6 interviews in the month of November and was presented with a generous offer the first week in December. I accepted the offer within a few days, it was that good.
After accepting the offer, the hiring manager said that it wasn't as much the content of the presentation that was impressive, but the fact that I had a personalized presentation prepared for the first interview. So while I study for my nurse practitioner boards, I have a nurse practitioner job waiting for me. That is a huge weight off of my shoulders. While other students may have to interview and prepare and plan for interviews or apply for jobs while they study, I am able to focus on studying full time. That is an amazing gift.
I wanted to share this with you because you are so good at what you do and it's wonderful that you are able to share your expertise and knowledge with other people, especially during a time when the job market is so competitive. Your program gave me the edge I needed to edge out other candidates with more experience than I had, which is priceless. It even improved my confidence overall, as I started to value myself differently and speak confidently about who I was and what I was able to do. So these skills have extended outside of the interview and hiring process and into other areas of my life. Who knew?
Blessings to you, your family, your team, your pets, everyone involved in allowing you to do what you do and to do it so well.
All the best,
P. Martin, RN MSN (soon to be ANP-BC)
I love that not only did the 30-60-90-Day Plan help her get the job she wanted, it also improved her self-confidence in other areas of her life. These are life-changing tools!
This bundle will get you prepared for any job interview (phone interviews or face-to-face) so you can get the offer!
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This bundle is a fast read and definitely increased my confidence in interviewing for new nurse position. I nailed the phone interview and received two job offers. Saved so much time in preparing for interview and priceless advice for any field! Highly recommend.
When we tell job seekers about 30-60-90-Day Plans (what they are and what they do for you in the interview) and then ask, "If you brought a detailed, customized 30-60-90-Day Plan to your job interview, would you get the offer?" 98% say yes.
If you want to learn more about 30-60-90-day plans, go here:
Your job references can make or break your chances of getting hired. Even if you have good references to call on when you're up for a new job, what you say about them can kill your chances of getting the offer.
You need to know what to say (and what not to say) when the interviewer asks about your references. In the audio below, I talk about a candidate who made a fatal mistake when I asked her about her references.
Listen to this audio to find out what a big references mistake is and how you can avoid it:
One iron-clad job interviewing rule is: Always have questions of your own to ask.
Here are 3 great questions to ask in your next interview:
What qualities does does the perfect candidate have for this job? Ask this near the beginning of the interview, and you'll find out specific desired skills that might not be in the description (who knows who wrote the description or when they wrote it?). Once you know what the manager really cares about hearing, you’ll be able to talk up those related skills you have in your interview answers. This way, you'll get the maximum mileage out of every interview answer you give.
Is there any reason why you wouldn’t hire me for this job? This is a hard question to ask--but it’s the only way you’re going to find out if they have any doubts about hiring you. Knowing what they are gives you a chance to address those doubts and hopefully clear them up. Job seekers who ask this question increase their chances of getting hired by 30 percent.
What are the biggest challenges of this job? This question lets you know what the most important tasks are for this job, or what potential pitfalls may be waiting for you. Show how you’ll use your skills to handle the challenges.
Find out more questions to ask, how to research the company, and lots of interview do's and don'ts in our Free Job Interview Prep Kit.
Will your recruiter help you create a 30/60/90-day plan? The short answer is yes--especially if it's an external recruiter whose paycheck depends on you getting the job.
What's the catch? The key word is 'help.' You will have to get the ball rolling by asking the right questions to get the recruiter to share with you what they believe and know about the company and the job. Then the recruiter can point you in the right direction for your research on the company.
Here are some basic questions to ask your recruiter to help you create a killer 30/60/90-day plan: