To be the most prepared for an interview, focusing on the common question what would you like to accomplish in the first 30, 60 or 90 days is important. In this video tutorial, Valerie Sutton explains how you can balance what is good about the organization and what may need to be fixed. This advice will also help you with the questions: What would you like to achieve in this position? How do you see yourself being successful in this position? Or, what would success look like for you in this position?
- If you really want to be prepared for an interview you should always be ready to answer what you want to accomplish in the first 90 days of the position. Many candidates think they will only be asked about the past accomplishments and not about the future. If you want to stand out as a candidate, take your past experiences and turn them into how you'll perform in the future. In the book, The First 90 Days, Michael Watkins states how critical it is for your future success in an organization. Thinking about it is imperative to the interview process.
The way to approach this question is to focus on the big picture by understanding what you see as an outsider. It is a balancing act of showing what is good about the organization and also what you think needs to be fixed. You want to be careful not to completely trash the organization, but still give valid improvements that you can achieve. Based on what you see, make a few clear recommendations for your first 30, 60, or 90-day plan that are realistic based on what you currently know of the situation.
State your recommendations with a caveat that there may be information that you're not aware of. These recommendations could change with new or additional information once in the position. To show you can achieve the improvements you have shared, draw upon your past experiences and the skills that you bring to the position. You should be able to support your recommendations with solid proof that you can achieve the desired results. An example might be I really like the design on this project and think it might be even better if we used my knowledge of After Effects to add motion graphics for the website.
As you answer this question also remember the people equation. Most interviewers know you can do the job, but how you fit in the work environment is a different story. Be sure to address how you would work with your supervisors, team members, and employees to get buy-in and complete the recommendations you've made. Other ways to ask this question include: What would you like to achieve in this position? How do you see yourself being successful in this position? Or what would success look like for you in this position? They are all focused on your future accomplishments, and they want to hear you have a realistic vision that will fit in their work environment.
- 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?