In this video tutorial, watch an example of how two people answered the common interview question what would you like to accomplish in the first 90 days. Valerie Sutton, director Career Services at Harvard Graduate School of Education, analyzes their answers and offers tips on how to best address this interview question and ways to improve.
- Now let's look at some examples of job candidates answering the question what would you like to accomplish in the next 30 or 90 days. This can be a hard question if you don't do your research first. For an entry level candidate it can be even more difficult because you have limited experience to draw on. In this case, you want to focus on your working preference and understanding your new colleagues working styles. Let's see how Tom responds as he interviews for an entry level UX Designer position.
- Tom what would you like to accomplish in your first 30 days? - I want to work with an important team. I want to work with colleagues that understand the needs and the objective of the organization and knowing how to build on strategies and the vision and so that would lead me to the knowledge of my courses and my internship. - Great. - With this example, Tom generally focused on his fit in the organization. He does talk about taking his time to learn about his co-workers, and the company, but could provide a stronger example of how he would like to contribute.
Now let's look at how someone seeking a more senior position as a training and development manager might answer this question for the first 90 days. - What would you like to accomplish in the first 90 days on the job? - Well from my research and speaking with John Doe, I know that you have several products launching in the next few months. So with the new hires in the sales and marketing department, my focus would be to determine the needs of the sales staff first, and then I would meet with the director and we would determine the best steps to get the staff up and running.
Once we assess the current situation, I would be able to create staff development plans using my experience of course in instructional design for the use in classroom and on the job training. Oh in addition I would be able to answer any questions that any of your employees have and if there's anything else I could do I'd be more than happy to create programs that would suffice that, supplement that. - Great.
- Donna shows that she is familiar with the challenges of the company without passing judgement, and makes specific recommendations for the first 90 days. She then supports her plan with an example of how she can draw on her past experience to help jump start the process.
- Tell me about your strengths
- Tell me about your weaknesses
- Why are you interested in our company?
- Why did you leave your previous company?
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation
- What questions do you have?