To Win the Interview, You Need a Plan: A 30-60-90 Day Plan

30-60-90 day planIf you’ve been invited back for your second or third interview and you want to really “Wow” the interview, learn how a 30-60-90 Day plan can seal the deal!

What Is A 30-60-90 Day Plan?

It is a written document explaining how you will transition and excel and provide value to your future employer within those time frames.

It can be as specific or general as you want.

There are some really great ideas over on The Career Confidential.

If you haven’t heard of a 30-60-90 day plan, they are used a lot in sales roles. But the idea carries over to all positions in all industries. We are all in sales today.  Look for ways you can apply  Peggy McKee’s recommendations.  I’ve summarized some of her points below:

The 30-day section | This is usually about how you will learn the company’s systems, procedures, people, customers/clients, and overall culture.

The 60-day section | This should outline how you plan to continue to assess the company and begin to use your strengths.

The 90-day section | This shows how you will take what you’ve learned and begin to put it into action. How will you meet some of the goals stated in the job description?

But I Can’t Answer These Questions

If you have no idea how you would even begin laying out your 30-60-90 day plan and those questions seem too elusive, no worries.

During your interview, ask questions that will help you provide a plan.

Which is probably another good reason to think about creating a plan BEFORE you begin the interview process. I’m pretty sure getting answers to these questions makes you a better interviewee AND a stronger candidate.

Think about this for a second. Before you start a new job, wouldn’t you want to plan or at least think about what your first 90 days on the job will look like?


Some people create a simple yet professional looking document in Word. Others jazz it up in PowerPoint. I’ll leave that up to you based on your role, level, and industry.

Will Presenting this 30-60-90 Day Plan Really Help?

Only time will tell. I can’t make a guarantee.

Typically, you wouldn’t discuss/show your plan until the final interview. By this point in the process, you have acquired a lot of information and you are pretty sure you want the job.

But, what I can promise is that by using this plan you demonstrate to the interviewer that you are serious about their job and their company.

Your plan shows you take initiative and you know how to organize your goals. It also shows that you know how to transition into a new job.

Maybe you’ll decide to bring it to Day One of your new job to share with your new boss. Or perhaps the exercise of creating this plan is just for you.  It might help you make a better decision in accepting the job or not.


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Hannah Morgan hiring prosAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!



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