Have you gone to an interview and been asked “if hired, what will you achieve in the first 90 days?” It’s important for the hiring manager to envision what you will do for the organization, what impact you will have, and what you’re able to achieve. Here are three tips to help prepare you and land that new position.

Be specific

Your plan needs to be specific to the position—not generic. You will want to do research on the target company and find out their focus. Look at the company’s site, along with LinkedIn®, Hoovers, Glassdoor, and Facebook.


Know your position’s priorities and how your job will affect the rest of the team.  Take this into consideration when drafting your 90-day plan to uncover the most important priorities.

Goals and objectives

Create specific goals and objectives, and set these in 30 day increments. That is, think about what you want to accomplish in the first 30, 60, and 90 days.

30 days

Plan to meet team members and spend time with experts in the company to get the opportunity to pick their brains. Learn the various products, organizational structure, and competing industries and, of course, do lots of training!

60 days

Over the past two months, what will you have observed? Have you uncovered the top priorities that you’re able resolve in a short period of time—those items you want to attack and complete before you first 90 days are up? Have you met all the team players—who can help guide you to your ultimate goal? If not, plan to do so.

90 days

Review and determine if you have achieved your short term goals, or at least identified the priorities. Decide how you will measure your progress throughout the year? Set time with your immediate supervisor on a weekly or biweekly basis, so you can touch base and get a pulse on how you’re doing and what changes you need to make, before you’re too far down the road.

You don’t need to have a plan on your first interview, since you will want to use this for gathering information, but after that be prepared —having a plan will make you a stronger candidate for having done so and shows them you mean business.

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