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90 Day Interview Plan

Businesswoman Interviewing Male Candidate For JobA 90 Day Interview Plan is also known as a 90-Day Plan, a Business Plan, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan. Whatever you call it, the point is that it’s a plan—a plan for how you will attack your new job in the first 90 days of employment. Having a plan, or a strategy, in place helps you show your true value to a potential employer.

Why does a 90 Day Interview Plan give you a better interview?

Discussing your plan with the interviewer goes much deeper than standard interview questions and answers. It helps them “see” you in the job and shows them who you really are and what you can do to benefit their company. It’s one of the best interview tools to enhance your communication (which is what interviews are all about).

What’s in a 90 Day Interview Plan?

The easiest way to create a plan is to subdivide it into 3 sections:

  • First 30 Days – This usually consists of getting familiar with the company and all the details of your new job. You’ll meet your co-workers, counterparts, customers, and support departments. You’ll organize yourself and get situated before you can be effective in your job.
  • Second 30 Days (60 Days) – This is when you get more involved in the details…become more active, make evaluations of your actions so far, and get feedback.
  • Last 30 Days (90 Days) – By now, you should be on your own…implementing changes, beginning projects, generating ideas, going after new customers, etc.

How to Create a 90 Day Interview Plan

Every plan should be customized for the job you’re interviewing for, and each section should be at least a page long. If you can do this on your own, that’s great. If you know you need help creating a job-winning 90 Day Interview Plan, get my proven 30-60-90-Day Plan with template, samples, and coaching. It will be the best move you can make before your next interview.

Connecting Far and Wide

LinkedInYou likely have two specific networks in your life. The first of these networks is your In Real Life (IRL) network. The second is your Virtual social networks, unless you are not using social media.

Growing these individual networks and allowing them to organically overlap, where relevant and possible, can amplify your successes in life, career and business.

Whether in real life or on social media, consistently expanding your network will provide significant value. However, you can't ask people who don’t know you to connect. This is unacceptable and often will fail. So how do we grow our connections beyond the people we know today.

It’s really quite easy. Here are three ideas that work well:


Executive Job Search

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Are you in an executive job search? Statistics say that you’ll spend one month in the job search for every $10,000 you earn. Do you have that kind of time? Of course not.

You can have your pick of executive positions if you are as strategic with your executive job search as you are with your executive job.

How? Let’s start with this:

Here are the 3 things that keep most executives from getting interviews:

1) Your cover letter, or opening message, isn’t strong enough to make them notice you and read your resume. How you present yourself in this initial contact has a big influence on their perception of you.

2) Your resume doesn’t represent you and your skills and experience like it should…it doesn’t sell you.

3) You are not pursuing opportunities effectively. This means that you are not finding enough opportunities, you are not positioning yourself advantageously for them, and you are not communicating with the right people about these positions. The #1 mistake job seekers make in pursuing opportunities is applying online. This doesn’t help you find enough positions, it doesn’t put you in the best place for them, and it doesn’t put you in front of the right people.

If you attack and solve these problems, you can get the interviews you need and the job you want.

Get an action plan for executive job search success by downloading and reading my free guide:

"The Definitive Guide to Executive Job Search - 10 Steps to Getting An Executive Job in Mere Weeks"



Investing Time During Your Career Transition

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeing haphazard, random, inconsistent or un-focused with your time will not create success during your career transition. And we all know that you want to be successful while in career transition.

I get asked this question often, “Teddy, how much time should I spend searching for a job?” My answer is, “Don’t spend any time looking for a job. Spend 40+ hours a week doing the important stuff that will help you uncover your next great job.”

It’s important to know what you want to do first. Once you know this, break down your career transition work into five deliberate activities:


Monday Motivator for Your Job Search– Have the Courage to Continue



Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill


One of the hardest things to deal with in your job search is rejection. Statistically, it takes a certain number of contacts before you get an interview, and a certain number of interviews before you get an offer. The number isn't as important as the idea that you are going to have to go through some 'no's before you get to the 'yes'. I hope this quote encourages you to keep going, and keep trying.

I also want to encourage you to make those statistics work for you, and here's what I mean: Most job seekers follow a pattern. They apply for a job, get excited about it, and go after it. When that falls through, they go on to the next one. What that does is simply prolong the time you'll be in the job search. What I encourage you to do is get through those 'no's as fast as you can, so you can get to the 'yes' that much faster.

I invite you to come to one of my free job search training webinars this week. In many of my webinars, I teach about how to move toward that job you want faster. Get through those 'no's, don't let them drag you down, and get to your 'yes.'See Weekly Webinar Topics Here.


’30-60-90-Day Plan Helped Me Get a C-Level Job’

For executive job interviews, demonstrating your ability to think strategically and plan for success is more critical than ever.

Here is a great success story that shows how a 30-60-90-Day Plan helped secure a COO position within weeks, at a higher salary than he had earned before--even after he was downsized as a Director!

For all you executive types who think your job search will take months, pay attention to this story and sign up for my free Executive Job Search webinar! It will cut months off your job search.



I came across your web site because I had to make a 30-60-90-Day Plan for a job interview here in Norway. I had never done one before and found your web page through a Google search.

I can tell you now that I killed the competition in the job interview with my plan using your templates and all the information that I was able to get through webinars, videos and the like.

The company I worked for downsized almost 50% of their staff and the last employees that were hired were the first ones that had to go. This is the first time in my life (I am 51) that I was out of work.

I had a Director position in that company and the loss of the job came as a shock.

I can tell you that with the help of your tools and templates, I was able to land a job as the COO of the Norwegian Branch of an insurance investment company based in London.

In my previous Director position I had an annual salary of about $160,000 before benefits. My new job now pays $200,000 and as soon as I bring in another $300,000 of new business they will raise my salary to $250,000!

Needless to say, your system of job searching and interviewing can help anyone in any position. Apparently anywhere in the world!

It only took me 2 months to find this job. I thought I was going to be out of work for at least 6 months. Thanks again for all your help!

B. King




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Monday Motivator for Your Job Search–Make Opportunities for Yourself



Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
- Kyle Chandler


Often, we need an opportunity NOW--not sometime in the fuzzy future. So I want to encourage you not to wait for opportunity to knock, but go beat down that door and find the one you need.

If you are in a job search, the opportunity you need is finding the job that will be a good fit, and getting the interview for it.

Waiting for that opportunity to knock is waiting for the job listing to appear, so you can apply for it. Making that opportunity present itself by beating down the door is contacting hiring managers directly. Don't wait for the job to show up. Go find it. It's there. Over 70% of all jobs are unadvertised or unlisted at any given time. I encourage you to go beat down those doors to find them. Contact hiring managers (this would be your boss, or your boss's boss) and say, "Here I am, here's what I can do, can you use someone like me?"

If this feels difficult to do, get my Hidden Jobs Finder and use it. It will beat down those doors for you and find the opportunities you want and deserve.


Be Unique During Your Career Transition

business people backwards with a casual guy doing the headstandI hope this statement is not news to anyone; “There are 100’s, if not 1000’s of people applying for the same jobs.” For the most part, these people have the same skills, experience and training you have. You have to be a unique candidate to get the job. So find a way to be unique.

Unique means you have to put a little more effort into your preparation, presentation and interview. Here are a few tips that can help you to stand out from every other job seeker:


‘The Hidden Jobs Finder Got Me The Interview I Couldn’t Get On My Own’

2 Years of Trying On My Own Got Me Zip—
But One Shot With the Hidden Jobs Finder Got The Interview (And the Job)

Businessman celebrating

I wanted you to see this story…Mr. Allen had 98% of all the qualifications but could not get the interview. Using the techniques and proven messages in my Hidden Jobs Finder, he contacted a hiring manager and got a phone interview within a week. A couple of weeks after that, he got a very nice job offer.

Hello Peggy,

A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about a company that I had applied to twice in the last 2 years since they kept posting their ad and I had 98% of all the qualifications for the Technical Trainer position, yet still was not getting a call or an interview.

My wife said I should try your system [Hidden Jobs Finder] with this company and see if that would make a difference. I went on LinkedIn, looked up the company and could not find a recruiter or manager, but I did find a VP of Delivery & Solutions, so I figured: what have I got to lose? I sent her a message and the intro letter.  About a week later, I received an email from the Training Manager who was given my resume by the VP and she was contacting HR to set up a phone interview. Today I was called by the new VP who formally offered me the position!!!!

Soooooo, [the Hidden Jobs Finder] worked!  It got me to whom I needed to get to, in order to get my resume noticed and access through the back door. I got the salary I requested instead of having to take a 30-40K pay cut from the jobs I've interviewed for [for the last year]…[plus, I] will get a 5% bonus within 6 months of being hired which puts me over my previous salary within the first year; medical, dental, vision, life insurance benefits; 401K with 100% vesting [on] day one; 18 Paid Time Off days 1st year; 8 paid holidays and the opportunity to move up!  …Plus, I get to travel for the company nationally and internationally with all expenses covered.

I could not be happier!!

Thank you so very much for coming up with the concept! I am a believer!

E. Allen


Is there a company that you haven’t been able to get your foot in the door with?

Get the Hidden Jobs Finder so you can get the interview you deserve.

Best of luck.

Crazy Interview Questions – If You Were a Box of Cereal…

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If you were a box of cereal, which one would you be?

I've been posting some crazy interview questions on Facebook just to see what kind of reactions I would get, and how others would answer some truly weird interview questions.

I posted one that I found on Glassdoor's list of oddball interview questions of 2014:

"If you were a box of cereal, which one would you be and why?"

I love these answers, so I wanted to share a few with you...

Uncle Sam. Full of powerful protein to get the job done; is not all sugary fluff that will crash and burn. Lasting, nutritious, long term satisfaction. I am the real deal!

Wheaties, the breakfast of champions!

Kashi Fiber cereal because just like it's results I am firm and strong and definitely get your attention as I pass through.

Fruit loops. Self explanatory. Lol

I would be the awesome toy that used to come in cereal boxes

Check out more answers on my Facebook page, and tell me what your answer would be!

Maybe I should include this question in my next 101 Job Interview Questions and Answers ebook?

Is the Job a Good Fit For You? Interview Your Interviewer

Interviewing the InterviewerWhat's just as important as performing well in the interview so you get the job offer?  Evaluating the company and your interviewer to determine if you should accept said offer.

If you're not sure how to tell if the job is a good fit, U.S. News and World Report has a great article you should see:  How to Interview Your Interviewer It has 5 good tips on how to go beyond the job description to find out the truth about the job, get a feel for company culture, what questions to ask in the interview, and more.

Then come back here for more help on how to research the company, and more questions to ask in the interview for a great conversation.

Monday Motivator for Your Job Search– Choose a Job You Love



Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- Confucius


One of the best things you get out of gaining job search and interview skills is the ability to utilize them not just now, but any time you need them in the future.

Life is too short to stay in a job that's a bad fit, that you don't enjoy going to every day.

If you are relishing this Labor Day holiday a little too much because you hate your job, then it's time to get the tools and the skills to move on to something better.

I invite you to come to one of my free job search training webinars this week. You will be encouraged and discover how to move toward a job you love. See Weekly Webinar Topics Here.


’30-60-90-Day Action Plan Made Me Stand Out and Get the Offer’

iStock_000017862376SmallI received this great letter from Stephanie about how the 30-60-90-Day Action Plan helped her shine in her phone interview and face-to-face interviews and beat out 3 internal candidates for the job!

Hi Peggy,

I wanted to take a few moments to compliment you on the 30-60-90 Day Action Plan... Last month, I used them to prepare for a series high profile [face-to-face] interviews.

[I first had a phone screen.]  After receiving feedback on my phone screen, the interview panel said that I did not distinguish myself from the other candidates in the pool. Once I heard this... I was on a mission!

I...decided to sign up for Career Confidential and download the [30-60-90-Day Action Plan] tools (Word doc and [PowerPoint] template).  I thought I knew how to do an action plan - was I wrong! ;) Your course and tools made me even more confident during my [2nd] phone discussion with the hiring manager. I was very capable in discussing my specific plan if I were given the job assignment tomorrow. And he bought!

As a result, I was invited to participate in 8 F2F interviews with 3 VPs, 3 Directors, and 2 Sr. Managers. With your help... I delivered! I could tell that each panel member was very interested in my thought process and was very impressed that I had given great thought to my action plan for the first 30-60-90 days. Apparently, the other candidates did not have an Action Plan. Following my interviews with the Leadership team, I had a 3 1/2 hour lunch with the hiring manager. His first question was, "Tell me, how did you prepare for this interview?"

He was blown away by my in-depth review of the job and what would be needed to on-board the new hire quickly. And get this... I am an external candidate and the competition was three internal candidates!

I am very happy to report that yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call with their intent to move forward with me and they will have a job offer in my hands tomorrow! I can't believe this all took place in less than 4 weeks! Thank you!!!

Now, since I have to negotiate the salary, I will be checking out your course on this topic tomorrow. ;) [Salary Negotiating]

Thanks again for your awesome videos and practical tools needed to shine during interviews. Well done!

Sincere regards,

Stephanie T.

Please notice this about her first phone interview, she was good, but she did not stand out.  The only thing she did differently was to add a 30-60-90-Day Plan to her interview preparation and conversation.  The plan made an enormous difference for Stephanie and ended up getting her the offer, even over 3 internal candidates.

If you are doing well in interviews, but not getting the offer, I encourage you to create a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan for your next interview so that you can get the offer, too.


Job-Winning Interview Answers About Your Greatest Accomplishments

The toughest job interview questions are often those that require us to tell about our greatest accomplishments. First, you have to know what those are--which ones will be impressive to the hiring manager? Next, you need to be prepared to explain those achievements. They want to know details.

In the video below, I will give you a very easy way to prepare interview answers that will get you the offer.

If you want more help, see my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions. You'll see detailed examples for 101 tough job interview questions.