The answer to the interview question “What will you plan to achieve in your first three months” can change the course of an interview in a second. This is a very delicate question and your response needs to be an honest, well thought-out response. According to John Lees, of hbr.org, a common mistake interviewers make when responding to this question is over-promising. This only sets an individual up for failure. If you over-promise and get hired upon that criteria, you will only be in a position of disappointment in the eyes of the company. However, you also don’t want to take too much of a safe route, either. So what is the best way to answer this question?
John Lees recommends taking somewhat of a “middle ground” in your response. There is a great deal of finesse necessary to answer this question, as you don’t want to offend anyone in the room as well. Short term results are key, as they are more easily attained and are a safer promise that still create results.
Read John Lees’s “The Interview Question You Should Always Expect” to further understand the appropriate and effective way to answer this tricky question.