The better prepared you are, the more confident you will be in any job interview. If you're prepared and confident, you can better accomplish your job interview goals: (1) to demonstrate what you can do and how you can be successful; and (2) that you are the strategic-thinking problem solver they need on their team. The very best way to prepare for top performance in any job interview and accomplish your goals (and get the offer) is to create a 60-Day Interview Plan.
What is a 60 Day Interview Plan and how do you write one?
A 60 Day Interview Plan is simply a plan, or strategy, for how you will attack your new job in the first 2 months. (Some people do a 30-Day Business Plan, others do a 90-Day Plan, or a 30-60-90-Day Plan.) If you're creating a 60-Day Plan, it's most common to break that up into two 30-day sections.
The first 30 days would generally focus on how you'll become familiar with the company, your new tasks, your co-workers, support staff, and/or customers and clients.
The next 30 days would focus more on how you would begin contributing significantly to the company's goals. So, you need to knowledgeably address the company's primary issues and show how you would tackle them. That takes research.
The research you'll do to plan out your first 60 days will help you show why you're the one to hire. You'll know what they need, and be better equipped to explain why you're just the right person to meet those needs.
Your 60-Day Interview Plan demonstrates that you can step right into the job without missing a beat. It helps the hiring manager visualize you in the job, because as you discuss your plan, you'll be discussing the details of what life looks like with you on the job. You'll also demonstrate your communication and strategic thinking skills, as well as your dedication and commitment to the company before you even have the offer.
So...research the company, find out as much as you can, and really think about what it would take for you to be successful as a new hire. You'll be prepared, you'll be confident, and you'll have a great interview.
If you need more coaching on how to create a 60-day plan, check out my 30-60-90-Day Plan with Template, Examples, and Coaching.