90 days seems to be a popular amount of time to accomplish just about anything. Turn on the TV and you’ll see countless ads that boast claims such as “Lose Weight Fast in 90 days” or “Learn to speak Spanish in just 90 Days” or the ever popular “Grow Hair Fast in 90 Days” (or your money back)!
As a job seeker, have you thought about what you can bring in your first 90 days at a new job? If you haven’t, you should. And you should think about it prior to even interviewing with a company. While employers will want to know about your past experiences, they will also want to know what your plan will be if you are selected for their position. Knowing your plan will not only demonstrate your ability to jump right in and take on a new role, but will also demonstrate that you have put thought into the role and how you will be successful.
Not sure what you should do in your first 90 days in a new role? There are many resources you can find online that will help you identify and outline your plan in your first 90 days. Here are a few to check out:
While it may be tempting to commit to a big ole’ plan during your interview, know that the potential employer isn’t looking for your answer in how to solve world-peace in your first 90 days (unless you are applying to the World Peace Organization, then disregard and make sure you have your world-peace-solving plan ready). As many of the resources above will tell you, you want to make sure your plan is realistic, non-offensive (remember that you don’t know nor should you pretend to know what their problems are and what you need to “fix”), and specific enough to demonstrate your understanding of the role. If you can incorporate some company or industry facts into your plan (i.e. research before the interview!), even better. Knowing your 90-day plan will get you that much closer to landing your dream job and starting off on the right foot.
So… Know your 90 day plan. Get the job. Execute the plan. (and hope they don’t ask for their money back).