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Good Job Interview Prep Makes You Stand Out!

Good interview prep can absolutely help you get the job...but what does 'interview prep' really mean? Researching the company? Yes--but wait, there's more.

Good interview prep also means:

  • learning how to present yourself more positively to employers
  • practicing better communication skills and techniques
  • preparing for not just the interview, but also the actual job with a 30 60 90 day plan

Being the best-prepared candidate helps you get the job.

Here's how Ting Zhao used all these tips and more, and had a GREAT interview:

Peggy,

Thank you so much for your great tips...

...thank you for your closing tips on your video. The technique was powerful. I used it with everyone...at the end of my interview. I literally got them all to say "yes". Even though I was not able to get the boss' boss to make a commitment on the spot, he was impressed with everything I shared with him.

...I asked permission to show my 30/60/90 day plan without hesitation when the hiring manager's boss asked me if I had any questions...

Finally, here is my "tell me about yourself" pitch:

I am an eCommerce solution architect and information systems expert. I specialize in user experience and 3rd party content integration. My passion is to help businesses build a 5-STAR award-winning eCommerce site that delights your customers, awards your shareholders and makes your associates proud.

Then, I handed over a presentation of my last eCommerce project.

...Take care and be well until next time!
Ting Zhao

p.s. In addition to my brag book and my 30/60/90 day plan, I printed out their job description and highlighted my qualifications. My goal was to keep them on track.  I also prepared some slides to show my past performance that demonstrated my qualifications for each job requirement. That worked really well.

p.p.s. I got a remark. "You are the most prepared candidate. We had so many candidates. Nobody was this prepared."

THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING!

Find out more about some of these concepts here:

Download a Free Guide to Job Interview Prep!

 

Take a Game Changer to Your Job Interview

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewWhy do I insist that my candidates bring a 30-60-90-day plan to their job interviews?

Because it gets them hired.

>Find Out Why Here<

If you are getting interviews but not offers, take a look at what this plan can do for you:

30-60-90-Day Action Plan (if you are not in a sales role)

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan (a MUST for sales interviews)

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers (show your analytic thinking and management skills)

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives (show your strategic thinking and planning skills)

See what others have experienced with these plans:

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How to Prove You Have the ‘Soft Skills’ Employers Want Most

Along with your job experience and knowledge, employers want new hires to have certain intangible ‘soft’ skills—but the majority of hiring managers believe that those skills are tough to find.

If you can show employers that you have the soft skills they want, you would have an edge over the other candidates and secure the job offer.

So what are employers’ most-wanted soft skills in new employees and how can you prove that you have them?

A recent LinkedIn analysis showed that the top 10 most in-demand soft skills are these:

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How to Start a New Job with Less Stress

job search success tipsStarting a new job can be filled with stress--meeting new people, learning new systems, making sure you're doing the things you need to do in order to be successful.

One of the surest remedies for nerves is preparation. The more prepared you are (for anything), the less stressful it will be. This includes starting a new job and interviewing for it in the first place.

In over 15 years of recruiting and career coaching with thousands of candidates, I have found that the surest way to prepare for interviews and the job itself is creating a 30-60-90-day plan for the interview.

A 30 60 90 day plan is simply an outline of actions and goals that you will take in the first 3 months on that job to be successful.

It can help you get a better job than you might have been able to without that extra effort, and it helps your new employer see you as someone special. Not only does this make you more confident and prepared for interviews, it makes you more confident and prepared for your first day on the job.

I received a great email from Kathy as an example of someone who has put this into practice, and I am excited to share it with you:

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'The 30 60 90 day plan was the 'something special' that got me the job.'

30 60 90 Day Plan for ExecutivesQualified executive Tom had trouble landing the job for 8 months...until he brought a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan to his interview. His new boss thought it was what set Tom apart and helped him beat out two other qualified candidates. Congratulations Tom!

Hi, Peggy,

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!

Tom F.

I speak to a lot of people in their 60s who have real trouble getting a job...but with the right approach, you absolutely can get a great job. At any age, how you present yourself to the employer makes all the difference.

(1) The first thing anyone over 40 needs to do is attend my Free Training, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination in Your Job Search.

Age bias is a real problem (for a lot of reasons), but there are things you can do that make it a non-issue (or even an advantage).

(2) I cannot encourage you strongly enough to find out about 30-60-90-Day Plans and what they can do for you in the interview:

7 Ways a 30-60-90-Day Plan Gets You the Job

30-60-90-Day Plan: How to Create and Use It to Knock Their Socks Off in the Job Interview

Why 30-60-90-Day Plans Make Your Interviewer Love You

30/60/90-Day Plan Example

 

30-60-90-Day Plan FAQs

30 60 90 day plan for job interviewsA 30-60-90-day plan is THE interview tool that will secure the job offer. However, if you’ve never created a plan before, you probably have a lot of questions.

I put together the questions I’m most often asked about 30-60-90-Day Plans and answered them here for you.

Why is a 30-60-90-Day Plan a ‘job interview miracle tool?’

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#1 Way to Improve Your Interview so You Get the Offer

use a 30 60 90 day plan to get the job offerPete had a lot of experience and success in his field as a retail store manager. Getting a new job should have been easy—but it wasn’t.

He’d already been to several interviews, so he had his answers down pat. He knew he interviewed well, and he had all that past job success to back him up. He’d get dressed up, drive to find the place, and go in—only to find out that he was competing against 20-30 other people who were just as strong as he was. Not only did he have all that competition, he was a little older, which was working against him. He never got the job.

Maybe you can feel his frustration. Even though companies are hiring, there’s still a lot of competition for the best jobs.

Job search techniques and strategies have changed. Job seekers are more sophisticated about how they prepare for interviews, and they are more mobile than they used to be. Many people are ready to pick up and move for the right position.

Pete knew he had to do something different so that he could get hired, but what? He decided to showcase how he would approach the job by creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan.

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12 Ways You Can Be Asked About Your Weaknesses in an Interview

Weakness Question Job InterviewEmployers ask you about your weaknesses in job interviews for a lot of reasons…because they want a realistic assessment of you, because they want to compare you to other candidates, or because they want to see how you react to a difficult question.

However, not all of their inquiries about your weaknesses are so obvious. They know that you’ll probably be ready for the big one, and so they have a lot of different ways to get at what they want to know. They can ask about how people criticize you, what you need the most development in, what scares you about this new job (because that could reflect not being ready for it), and more.

It’s important that you be ready to answer these kinds of questions.

Below are 12 different ways interviewers ask you about your weaknesses.

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Interview Coaching Is a Game Changer!

how to get a jobJust wanted to share with you this feedback I received from someone I helped prepare for her webcam interview.

I contacted Peggy one week before an important job interview for help preparing for the interview. Since I was out of town, we spoke via Skype, which was helpful because my interview was by webcam.

Peggy gave me valuable feedback on how I came across on camera, and she gave me suggestions on how to be more confident and engaging.

I applied her suggestions and received the offer for my dream job a few months later! I cannot thank Peggy enough for her help--her interview coaching service is a complete game changer!

-Anonymous

Do you have a Skype interview (or any job interview) coming up? Personal coaching is the fastest, most targeted way to improve your interview performance.

Find out more about interview coaching and job search coaching here:

Peggy McKee Career Coaching

Zanetta Siciliano Career Coaching

 

30 60 90 Day Plans for Teachers

30 60 90 day plan for teaching job interviewI often get asked if 30-60-90-Day Plans work for teachers in a job interview. These plans are famous for sales job interviews and are being used with extreme success in other white-collar jobs and executive roles. They show hiring managers that you are someone who approaches a task or job with strategic planning and smart goal-setting. You are someone who will be successful in the role.

So can this same approach work if you are interviewing to be a teacher? I have to say that they do (I think they help you even more if you are in educational administration). What administrator wouldn’t be impressed with someone who had clearly thought out how they would approach that role and ensure their success in the first 3 months on the job?

Think about it this way. You set up lesson plans for your students so you make sure that what needs to happen will happen, right? Well, you also need to create a plan to make sure you do all the things that will make you a successful professional in your role.

So now here’s the question: what kinds of things belong in a 30 60 90 Day Plan for teachers?

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30 60 90 Day Plan Secures Newly Created Role for Executive Vice President

how to get a jobAre you about to interview for a new job the company just created? Or maybe it's a long-standing position but you haven't done anything like it before?

See how Don approached this situation and got the job offer:

Dear Peggy: As you know, I've long been a fan of Career Confidential, your webinar coaching and the tools you provide to make job search more effective for experienced professionals. Now, it gives me great pleasure to write this letter.

Recently I was considered for a newly-created EVP role in the Branding Communications field -- it is a position that blends strategic planning, marketing and business development. The job not only demands expertise in those areas, it requires synergistic thinking for all three disciplines simultaneously. I am now in that job.

There were multiple factors that went into my getting the offer, certainly -- yet EVERY interview panelist noted the foresight and detail that went into my 30-60-90 day plan.

It is possible that competing candidates may have included a 'First 100 Days' set of milestones, since the hiring manager had suggested compiling that list. But as you know, a "list" alone doesn't differentiate the thinking or rationale.

However, the organized sequence and logic of progressively-built activities and objectives in 30-day periods (as clearly outlined in your 30-60-90 Day planning template) is clearly more understandable, believable and persuasive. It instantly establishes credibility and conviction.

And by the way, it works wonders as an on-boarding guidepost to facilitate rapid learning and job effectiveness. Thank you again -- I realize the folks participating in your webinars and workshops need "permission to believe" this can work for them. Please assure them IT DOES.

All the best, Don B.

I love getting emails like this one. Congratulations, Don! We are so happy we could help you get that job.

This is why we created our line of 30-60-90-Day Plans. It is difficult to think of everything you should include in a solid interview plan--especially if you're in a time crunch. And if you take a plan that's too short or too simple, it's almost an insult to the job. Your plan doesn't have to be letter-perfect to everything you will do, but it does need to be smart, thoughtful, and strategic.

If you have a difficult  job interview coming up (or any job interview) get my plan today. 

30 60 90 Day Plan for Executives

30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

30 60 90 Action Plan

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan

I'll even review it for you when you're done (it's part of the package) so you can be sure you have a plan that will help you get the job. Take a plan to your next interview!

 

Assistant Store Director Gets Job with 30-60-90-Day Plan

how to get a jobGerald had tons of experience in his field, but was going for a higher job title than he'd ever had before. He said that the 30-60-90-Day Plan helped him nail the interview and get the job, and he doesn't think he could have done it without it. Now, because he's making the most money ever in his career, he can live the life he wants for himself and his family.

I just wanted for you guys to know that I received the JOB as an (Assistant Store Director) with one of the largest grocery chains in the [name withheld] metro area. I don't believe I could have done this without this program. I helped me out in so many difference ways especially the 30/60/90 day format and the questions and answer sample interview questions. Your help and professionalism was awesome and I truly thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last thought" I've been working in the grocery industry since graduating from high school' I've been with two other firms here in the St. Louis area and made pretty good money' but this particular position will be the highest title ever and will able me to make the most money in my career (which will allow for me and my wife to care for our (Foster Daughter) whom we will have in our home later this month and for that I'm grateful and thankful for what you [are] doing for people like myself.

Humbly submitted by Gerald T.

thanks you thank you thank you

Congratulations Gerald! I love getting emails like this, and I'd love to get one from you, too! Take a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your next interview (see why 30 60 90 Day Plans are so effective):

30-60-90-Day Action Plan

30-60-90-Day Sales Plan

30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers

30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives

 

Not Looking Forward to Your Job Search? Read This

how to get a jobJean was depressed at the thought of applying for jobs and all the hoops job seekers have to jump through these days to get hired. Turns out that with the right training and tools, it was easier than she thought...

Hi Peggy,

I just want to say a massive thank you to you and your team for all your help over the past few months.

Having been in a lucky position to take time off to renovate a couple of properties, I was keen to get back to work, but the thought of applying for jobs made me feel quite depressed. So much to do these days to gain a position.

Signing up with your company is one of the best decisions I have ever made and it has paid off.

I presented a 30-60-90 day plan on a first interview and the interviewers were very impressed. I had covered so much with the plan, actually, that they had to make up another scenario for my second interview.

I am lucky, I love research and with the guidance of your products and wise advice, it has all gone according to plan and I have just been offered the job. It is a company I have always wanted to work for too.

It is unusual for me to so enthused in writing a thank you, but your webinars and the 30-60-90 day plan have made a massive difference in how I approached the company and prepared to interview.

I have recommended you to a couple of friends who are looking to change careers.

Regards,
Jean Taggart

We are so happy for Jean and want you to know that with the right tools and training, getting a job you love can be much easier and more fun than you expect.

I want to encourage you to come to one of our webinars. I will show you what to do that will get you a great job very quickly. See what's available this week here:  Career Confidential Online Training Classes. They are free.

And, absolutely always create and bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to your job interviews. It is the best job interview prep you can do and it will give you the best interview you've ever had.

We have plan templates and coaching that will help you write your plan and discuss it in the interview. Check them out:

 

30-60-90-Day Plan Secures Job in Non-Profit

30 60 90 day plan for non profit job interviewMany 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:

Dear Peggy,

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.

My best to you,

R.B.

Here is the 30-60-90-Day Plan that R.B. used:  30 60 90 Day Action Plan

We also offer plan templates and coaching for other needs:

30 60 90 Day Sales Plan

30 60 90 Day Plan for Managers

30 60 90 Day Plan for Executives

Get the best job offer possible with great negotiation tips - Jack Chapman Tells How to Make $1000 a Minute

 

How to Answer 5 Interview Questions You May Hear If You’re Over 50 (or 40)

how to answer interview questions you may hear if you are over 50If you're over 50 (or sometimes 40) in a job search, you may be asked interview questions that are indirectly related to your age. Employers are restricted in asking direct questions (because of anti-discrimination laws) but still have concerns about you, and try to address them in other ways.

Below are 5 questions you may be asked in a job interview. Click on the question to see the best answer.

Discover the best answers to 202 tough job interview questions when you order How to Answer Interview Questions and How to Answer Interview Questions II, both available on Amazon.

*If you are over 40, I encourage you to sign up for my free training webinar, 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination and get the job offer!