Starting 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:
Just wanted to tell you that I just accepted a job that couldn't be better if I wrote the job description myself. They told me that the 30/60/90-day plan I brought in put me way over the top compared to everyone else. Everyone was very impressed. HR even asked if they could use my plan to help with other employees who didn't have a clear direction.
Thank you so much! The plan templates and all the supporting material were well worth every cent I paid for it!! And, I am so glad that I will be starting this job with a clear idea of what I plan to do. That takes a lot of stress out of my first day!
Not only did Kathy get a fantastic job, the new company is using her 30 60 90 day plan to help train other new employees. They think she and her plan are awesome.
Kathy is less stressed both because she knows that this new company is incredibly impressed with her and because she has a clear plan for success. She knows that her new boss is on the same page, and agrees with her ideas about what she needs to do in her new role.
How great would it be to start your new job in that kind of situation?
This is just part of why I recommend that every job seeker bring a 30-60-90-day plan to interviews.
I can't encourage you strongly enough to learn more about 30 60 90 day plans and get a plan for yourself to take to your interview.
- 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan (specifically for sales roles)
- 30-60-90-Day Plan for Managers (for those interviewing for management roles)
- 30-60-90-Day Plan for Executives (for anyone interviewing for a VP, Director, C level or other executive position)