Start with a plan

planning Sep 30, 2019

One of the most useful ways to kick ass in a job interview (and in a job too) is to have a plan.  Most people, when interviewing, don't even think about having a plan.  This might make some sense - you don't know what you re really getting yourself into and you don't know what the job will entail until you arrive.  But that aside, having a basic plan can bump you to the front of the line compared to your colleagues.

When we talk about a plan, for me, its all about the 30 / 60 / 90.  This is a high level list of tasks you want to accomplish during the first 90 days of your career at your new employer.  Having a plan helps you through the first 90 days, gets you shipping, and makes you more engaged in the workplace.

Setting up a 30/60/90 isn't a 2 minute exercise.  But it doesn't have to be complicated.  You need to think about what you want to accomplish over the next year, how you want to contribute based on the job description. 

From there, you can start breaking down the first 3 months.

During the first 30 days, you are focused on training, learning who is who, the organization, clients, vendors and how the product or service is structured.  You will likely be working directly on your product.  So you might want to focus on understanding that in depth.

For the second 30 days, Focus on the industry, starting to gather feedback, looking for a mentor or coach, and meeting people in other groups or departments.

For the final 30 days, You should be taking everything you've learned so far and see if you can find one thing to improve in your role or team.

In order for this to work, you will need to do some research into the company.  Check out other employees, see what they do, figure out how the product or service works and learn more about the roles of people who might interview you are.

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