If you’ve been asked to return to a prospective employer for a 2nd interview, you’re definitely in a great spot. You’ve cleared all the hurdles in your 1st go-round with the company, and now they’re simply wanting to confirm you’re the right person before making an offer. You may meet some additional personnel during this second visit, but you’ll definitely meet with the hiring manager again.

Is there a way you can differentiate yourself from other candidates and increase your odds of getting the job when you go in for a 2nd interview? Absolutely…

Doing so starts well before your initial interview, however. You must thoroughly research your prospective employer before you interview – see the 2nd point in my related post here.

In addition, you must take careful notes – mental or in your notebook – during that first interview. What are the critical issues the organization faces – from the standpoint of the position you’re interested in? How will the person who fills that position be evaluated – during say, his/her first 6 months? What issues will you need to focus on? Where’s the organization’s “pain” from (your) functional standpoint? If you are to be successful in this new role, what will you need to accomplish during the 1st 90-120 days?

With this information in hand, once you receive word the firm wants to see you again, you need to complete a simple 3 page document.

This document is your detailed plan of action for your first 90 days in your new position.

Hardly anyone you’re up against in the interviewing process will do this. You’ll immediately distinguish yourself from anyone else who’s in contention, and you’ll provide your prospective boss and yourself an excellent vehicle for an in-depth conversation of the critical issues and how you’ll address them. In one simple act you’ll define yourself as someone who’ll hit the ground running on Day 1.

If you’d like to receive a template for use in creating your own 90 day plan, keep reading.

Since this post was originally published a couple of years ago, I’ve developed an upgraded, much more professional version of the 90 Day Action Plan which includes full instructions for how to best use this powerful tool, including several key questions to ask during your first interview. The answers to those questions are the key to realizing the full power of the 90 Day Action Plan, and not available anywhere else on this site.

This upgraded version is available via my FREE Downloads page.  Click on the link in the masthead. 

I can’t guarantee you’ll get the job, but I can assure you this document will definitely make you stand out from the crowd & increase your chances of closing the deal. Good luck!

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15 Comments on Ace your second interview!!

  1. Brian says:

    Is the 90 day plan the same thing as Jimmy Sweeney’s “Secrert Career document”?

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  2. kc says:

    Brian – thanks for the question – unfortunately I’m not familiar with Jimmy’s approach. I Googled him and visited the site you no doubt have seen, but this is the first I’ve heard of the “Secret Career Document.” It sounds as though it may be similar. I’ll hunt around a bit and see if I can learn anything more. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

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  3. bandy says:

    yes it is…

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    Marc Reply:

    So the secret career document by Jimmy Sweeney is essentially a 30/60/90 day plan?

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    Kevin Reply:

    Marc,

    I’ve never seen the Jimmy Sweeney “secret document,” but based on the comments of others, I believe that’s the case. I think he includes other materials with the basic document, though.

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  4. kc says:

    Bandy…

    Thanks for commenting. I still have not seen the Jimmy Sweeney document, so I appreciate your chiming in.

    Kevin

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  5. Chiquita says:

    Thank you so much for this plan. I think i have all the ammunition to land the job!

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  6. Tracy says:

    Thank you so very much. I had a great “hand-out” for my interviewers and I told them “when you are deciding who to hire, please look at this and pick me”. I am so glad I saw this website before my 2nd interview. I interviewed at 8:30am and had the offer by 2:30!

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    Kevin Reply:

    Tracy – so glad it was of help. Congratulations!

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  7. Deepak says:

    Respected Sir,

    I am very thankful to you for sharing this valuable info. it helped me a lot tomorrow is my interview i’ll use these tips. i am very grateful to you. God Bless You & Shower All the Happiness on you.

    Regards
    Deepak
    Country- India

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    Kevin Reply:

    Deepak: best of luck to you!!

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  8. Deepak says:

    Respected Sir. Kevin how are you?

    Remember i mentioned last time that i have an interview on Saturday and I also mentioned that I will try your 90 day plan shell(Modified to match the job i applied for)for getting that job. Well it not only helped me getting the job but, it did a miracle for me.

    Here is my story Mr. Kevin(Genius)

    I reached the interview venue early morning and I was asked to wait for the interviews to start. Then I realized by talking to other people who were there for the same job. They were all MBA’s and all having experience of 1 or more years. Well, at this moment I was sure that I cannot beat these guys in a normal way as I am fresher. This provoked me more to use that 90 days plan shell. Soon the interviews started and my no. was 6th. They called me in and started to ask the same old questions. First question was “Introduce yourself Mr. Deepak” after that they asked me about the job and started to examine the way I was answering their questions, my gestures etc. which normally HR people does. Then they asked me how you will sell our product. This was the moment I was waiting for and I took out my hidden weapon, my 90 days initial plan. I handed 1 copy each to both the interviewers. At first they were amazed and the room was silent for 5 mins and they kept on reading the document. After that one of them asked me how u managed to get all this info. ? I replied “Sir, I did my homework well” and I also told them the very minor and major facts and things about their company like no. of branches and the names of the directors and the mission and vision statement of their company. They were really impressed. I knew that I got that job in my pocket. There I surpassed those experience holders with that 3 page document. They asked me to wait outside and then after a few minutes a young lady came to me and asked me to go for the 2nd round of the interview. It wasn’t that hard, the next round was simple and was only focused on the job description and my duties and how will I perform them. Then after waiting for a few more minutes I was asked for the 3rd round which was the final round with the Zonal Manager of the office. After a little talk about the job and salary. He told me that they will reach me in a week for further documentation formalities and for the offer letter of the job. I was very happy I also made few new friends there. You made my day Mr. Kevin I don’t know how to thank you. I am running out of words. This website rocks and its one of the best websites I’ve ever visited on the internet. Thanks a million for making this websites and helping people like me. I pray to god to keep you and the people you love always happy and wealthy.
    Thanks again Mr. Kevin You are Great !!!

    Thanks & Warm Regards
    Deepak
    Country – India

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    Kevin Reply:

    Deepak:

    Congratulations! I wish you all the best in your new position. …and thank you for taking the time to come back to share your experience, and for your very kind words – you’ve made my day!!!

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  9. Lennox says:

    That action plan sounds invincible!Question, is, with less self motivation, skill and work experience,how does one meet it precedent or efficacy?Any one can obtain a knowledgeable person to create one but I doubt how the end user might implement it.It’s deception.Worse still,it can be difficult in certain career requirement or job position to create a credible one.Overally, it’s sounds great but suppose your prospective employer kept a copy and use it as a yard stick to measure your performance?

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    Kevin Reply:

    Here’s the deal: it’s YOUR plan. Own it and do what you said you’d do. If you can’t do that, you’d be foolish to submit a plan.

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