Sweaty palms and too nervous to speak to your colleagues, it’s a common feeling shared by everyone who is starting a new job. It’s natural to find it difficult to integrate and feel at ease with a new team and a new company. Thankfully, you will be given time to learn and hones your industry knowledge and to get familiar with the processes that are specific to your new employer. But it doesn’t mean that you have to wait until you’re fully integrated to make a good impression. You can put all the chances on your side by starting positively from Day One. While your employer knows that you won’t be at the top of your performance and productivity from the start, colleagues and managers have put their hopes in you, and everyone is looking forward to meeting the new member of their team. So, the best thing you can do is to make sure that you can impress them even if you don’t ready to hit the ground running yet.
Remember: Be the person they interviewed
You didn’t get the job by chance. Your answers to interview questions and your skills impressed the recruiter. In other words, it would seem obvious that the person the employer saw during the interview phases is the person the employer wants on the team. While everyone tries to show their best side during the interview process, it’s important that you make sure to behave accordingly to what you said. If you described yourself as calm and thoughtful, you would need to maintain the same attitude at work. If you said you knew about management strategies during the interviews but don’t in real life, then you should get reading before you start. Give your employer what they sign for if you want to make sure that you can start with a positive impression.
Dress to impress
Unless you’ve been told otherwise, it’s expected to dress formally for your first day at work, even if the company has a casual dress policy. You need to assume that you’ll only know about their office dress code once you start. In short, if you don’t have anything suitable, you need to buy a few business shirts and a suit at least. You may not need it for your new job, but ultimately there are plenty of occasions to wear a formal suit, from attending a networking event to being invited to a wedding reception. So your money will not be wasted with an investment in formal business clothes.
Punctuality is a virtue
If nobody has told you when to arrive, you should make sure to get there for when the company opens its doors, which tends to be 9 AM. More often than not, your employer doesn’t need you to arrive early as they want to get your desk and starting kit ready, but if nobody has told you when to turn up, 9 AM is a good time to aim for. What this means is that you need to prepare everything you need the night before. Don’t wait until the morning to iron your shirt or pack your business case with all the necessary stationery and postit – you will need them when you start studying the company’s policy book.
Don’t get nervous
Of course, it’s normal to feel a little nervous about your new job. But you’ve already done all the hard work. The interview process is behind you. There’s no need to stress now. Be confident: Your employer hired you because you were the best candidate they met during the interviews. You have therefore earned your place at the company. They want your potential and skills in their team. To put it simply, it’s time to find your confidence back. You got the job because you were the best, don’t forget it.
Show you care: REMEMBER their names
Do you know what happens during the first day in a new company? You won’t be working at all during your first day. In fact, you may not be working for an entire week, as you go through the different manuals and internal processes of post recruitment. But you’ll get to meet a lot of new people. So the best thing you can do is to make sure that you remember their names. For the existing team, it’s easy because they’ve got only one name to remember and they were likely warned about your arrival. As for you, you need to prove you care by using some memory tricks. Focus on everyone you talk to, pay attention to details, so that you can recall their face and all relevant information.
So are you ready to shine during your first day?
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