Would you like a dynamic way to prove to hiring managers that you have what it takes to be successful? Would you like to stand head and shoulders above all the other candidates for the job? This is what a 30 60 90 Day Plan will do for you. You actually get a job faster using a plan because it does all these things for you (and more) in the job interview. Take a peek at Finding a Job Fast Using a 30/60/90-Day Plan below. It's available on Amazon. Get it, read it, and use a plan to get the job.
Job seekers should always have questions of their own to ask in the interview. Being strategic with the questions you ask will ensure a better interview, a stronger performance, and a boosted shot at getting the job.
Always ask these 3 questions in your job interviews:
Say your ideal job candidate walked through the door. What qualities would that person have?
You may be afraid to ask a question like this because you believe you'll put yourself in a negative light, but that isn't true. Ask this question near the beginning of the interview, and you'll have a blueprint for how to best answer their questions for the rest of the interview. You'll know what they care about most, and can highlight your skills and accomplishments accordingly.
Based on this conversation, can you see me being successful here in this job?
Yes, it can take some courage to ask a question like this--but if you do, you will boost your chances of actually getting the offer. Why? Because if they say yes, you will have nudged them toward an important psychological point where they've committed to being in favor of hiring you. If they say no, you can find out right then why not and possibly clear up any issues. Many job seekers have turned around a negative interview this way, and received a job offer they would have otherwise lost.
What are the biggest challenges of this role?
This is a great way to uncover critical tasks or potential pitfalls. Once you know what the challenges are, you can show them how you'll use your skills to conquer those challenges, or how you've approached and solved those kinds of problems before.
Find out more questions to ask, how to research the company, and lots of interview dos and don'ts in our Free Job Interview Prep Kit.
Anyone who's tried to move from a government job to the private sector knows that it can be difficult to escape the "government worker" label. I want to share Missy's story with you (she's a lawyer) to show you how you can bridge that gap and get the job with a 30 60 90 Day Plan:
Dear Peggy, thank you for promoting the 30-60-90 day plan. As a former government agency head, I was really stymied in trying to find job opportunities outside of the government sector as I was labeled a "government worker."
As someone who has never been in the box and has always excelled at creative workarounds in an environment that set me up for failure, I found it discouraging and totally unwarranted.
In any event, I put together a unique 30-60-90 day plan for how to implement a real in-house counsel office within a publicly-traded corporation and bam, I got the interview and the job. The general counsel told me they'd never gotten homework from anyone during an interview, until they met me. Thank you!!!!!
I have been promoting you and your common sense approach to all of my lawyer friends who are looking for new opportunities and there are many of them...many thanks for all of your efforts and dedication.
If you are moving from one work environment to another, one career to another, or are just new to a job, a 30-60-90-Day Plan demonstrates that you have the knowledge and the drive to do the job. It takes away any fears or doubts they may have about hiring you.
*Find out more about 30 60 90 Day Plans, and get started on yours today so you can get that job offer!
Job interview advice is everywhere—but what really works? Here are 4 examples of how job seekers have been incredibly impressive in the interview and got the offer.
1) Build a Really Big Brag Book
A brag book (aka Kudos folder or portfolio) is a collection of career successes that don’t necessarily fit on your resume—like performance reviews, projects, brochures, presentations, complimentary notes, etc. (Read more about brag books here: Brag Book Essentials for Every Job Hunter.)
I had a candidate who compiled a brag book that was 1-inch thick—it was overwhelming evidence of her success. During the interview, she used a highlighter to mark specific things the hiring manager really needed to see, based on their conversation. She then showed the interviewer only about 10 specific pages that were amazing in terms of illustrating her success. This gave her a huge advantage, because it emphasized for the interviewer just how amazing she was, and had him thinking about what else was in that book.
30/60/90-day plans work for job interviews at all levels...from new graduates to President of the company. In Allan's case, the plan helped him show his fit for the job and the company. He says it 'unequivocally differentiated' him from the other candidates. What job seeker doesn't want that?
I hope this finds you well. I'm happy to tell you that I recently began a new role as President of a small, privately held distribution company in Las Vegas. As we discussed, "fit" was a key criteria for me in my search, and the alignment on every level with the business owners is remarkable. I'm excited about the role and the opportunity ahead of us. It's different than anything I've ever done, yet will require all of the skills and experience I've accrued in my career.
Obviously I was a client, but thank you for your support and counsel during my search. As you know it isn't an easy process, and the tools and advice that you provided were critical to success. In particular the advice about being relentless on the networking process, the tips about dealing with ageism, and most especially the 30-60-90-Day Plan were key for me. I would be happy to provide a testimonial about the 30/60/90-Day Plan...it unequivocally differentiated me in the search and interview processes, and provided a basis for guiding the discussion where I wanted it to go...to the skills and experience that I could bring to a role.
If you are ready to stand out from your competition and show your fit for the company, find out more about 30-60-90-day plans and get yours started today.
We offer plans with templates and coaching for all professional levels:
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.
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 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:
Imagine going into your interview full of confidence, getting the offer, and tripling your salary! See how Mildred did it...
I just could not keep my success to myself; I owe you a huge “thank you.”
After taking two of your webinars I begin to put what I learned into action. Finally, I received “the call” for an interview...on Tuesday...my interview was scheduled for the same week Friday.
The first thing that came to mind was the 30, 60, 90 day plan. I was a bit stressed, only because I was afraid I did not have enough time to put together a good presentation, but guess what? I did it.
The night [before] my interview, I felt like I was "armed and dangerous," all because I took your words, did my homework and prepared myself for the interview.
I aced the interview; the following Monday I got the job offer. It was unanimous--all six people voted hands down for me and my salary tripled.
I thanked God first and then you. The 30,60,90 day plan really works.
I am excited to share Mildred's story with you--what she learned in our free job search webinars helped her get the interview, and the 30-60-90-Day Plan helped her ace it and triple her current salary.