Are you a Manager or Executive candidate who is looking to set yourself apart? Have you gone through the early stages of the interview process? If so, let us help you create a 30-60-90 Day plan for your next (hopefully final) interview!
There are many pitfalls to this strategy, but if you know what to avoid, you will position yourself above the rest. Sadly, most people have the tools available but fail to prepare properly for an interview. Do your research and more importantly, be realistic!
Focus On The Company
It is extremely important NOT to create a“one plan fits all” strategy. Your plan should be used to set you apart from the other candidate. If you show a lack of effort here, you will not leave a lasting impression. Focus on the company’s specific needs based on any information you can gather.
Hopefully, if you are at this point, you have had previous interviews with a certain company. The culture and perception you have of that company should be a resource to create your plan. You are interviewing to fill a need. Use the mindset that you have already received an offer and now it is time to deliver! Using the job description from the original posting can be a huge help to make sure your plan is relevant.
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Formatting Your Plan
Some sources suggest a flat 90-day plan, although this would suffice, we suggest an alternative approach. Breaking your plan up into30-day increments shows a step based plan with each tier building upon the other. Consider using the below template to help outline your plan:
First 30 days – Focus on training, finding mentors, and embracing the company culture as it relates to both your job description and the people around you.
30-60 days – Implementing your training and experience into action while working with your supervisor to optimize your performance.
60-90 days – Adding your personal touch to the position in order to be an effective leader/coworker. Building relationships that benefit your position and the company as a whole.
Leave The Basics At Home
As we stated above, your approach needs to be highly specific to be effective. “Familiarizing myself with the office layout” or “Making friends with neighboring pods” should be left out. All the hiring manager cares about is what you can do for the company.
Your needs should be left out of the plan except for what you need to be an effective employee. Nothing impresses an interviewer more than a candidate that can quantify their accomplishments. Referencing these accomplishments while presenting your plan can speak volumes to your organizational skills.
Some employers will ask you to create a plan similar to this format. If you complete a 30-60-90 day plan for your next interview, you can guarantee you will portray yourself as a very high-quality candidate. Try to include the development of others in your plan (if you are a manager or higher).
If you put in the work, this will guarantee that you have done all you can to display your abilities and work ethic. The rest will be out of your control, but using this strategy effectively will eventually lead to results. The process can be long, but the benefits will be worth it! Happy Job Hunting!