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Interview (5) - CopyEven though you might understand how much stronger you would be in your job interview with a 30/60/90-day plan, you could run into a problem finding the information you need, as well as actually creating a plan. Not to worry...it's entirely possible to find everything you need and create a plan that will knock the socks off any hiring manager.

You just have to know where to look and what to look for in order to make a great 30 60 90 day plan.

How to find the background details for your 30 60 90 day plan

There are all kinds of online resources to tap into: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, corporate websites, and Google. Your network can come in pretty handy here, too. Ask questions. Research.  Find out as much as you can about the company and the job.

If the company is too small to have much of an online presence--which means you can't find much information, create a plan anyway.  Bringing even a less-detailed plan is an excellent opportunity to ask questions that will lead to a greater understanding of what it will take to be successful in that job.  (But don't ask questions about anything you could find on Google.)

30 60 90 day plan structure

Make your plan easy to read by using bullet points, or an outline structure.

  • 30 days -For most people, this first month is a time to get your bearings.  Learn the corporate software, meet co-workers and/or customers, become knowledgeable about your products or services, get any initial training, and so on.
  • 60 days - The second month is generally a time to get your feet wet.  Become more active, and get feedback on your performance.
  • 90 days - The third month usually means that you are swimming on your own.  You are implementing projects, making changes, taking responsibility, and generating ideas.

Overall, the most important thing is to critically think about what you would do as a new employee.  What steps would you follow if you wanted to do a great job and impress your new boss?  Put those things in your plan.

Create a plan anyway, even if it isn't perfect

You might think your 30/60/90-day plan has to be perfect before you show it to the hiring manager, but it doesn't.  In fact, all plans are subject to improvement once you talk to the hiring manager in more detail about the job. It’s common to make changes to your plan for the second interview.  The discussion you having, using the plan as a facilitator, is priceless.

***Learn more about how to write a 30 60 90 day plan here.

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