You’ve Got the Job, So Now What? How to Impress on the First Day at Work

Ok, you’ve finally landed that new job. You’ve gone out with friends to celebrate, spent money you haven’t yet earned and told everyone at your last company just what you think of them. But the hard work doesn’t end there – in fact, it’s only just begun.

It’s your first day in the new job and after impressing at the interview now it’s time to show it wasn’t a fluke as you set out to prove you are the right person for the job.

Arrive in Plenty of Time

Like with an interview, it’s always good to show that you are eager and well organised by turning up a little earlier than need be. Take into account that you may be driving a new way to work or that you are catching a different train and give yourself plenty of time. Don’t go overboard though – turning up at 8 in the morning for a 9 o clock start will just mean you are on first name terms with the cleaner after day one.

Dress Appropriately

Try and remember what people where wearing when you went for the interview if you can. You may have worn a smart suit, which is perfectly acceptable, but if the office operates a casual dress policy you may not want to be so formal when you start. If you really can’t remember then compromise, a smart pair of trousers or a skirt with an open neck shirt/blouse is seen as smart while being slightly more relaxed.

Find Out About the Company

You’ve obviously done your research in order to get the job in the first place, but it doesn’t hurt to know as much as you can. You were probably so overwhelmed by the occasion at the interview that you didn’t take anything in that you were told. Do a little online research to find out the basics, at least the names of the managers or company directors.

Exude Confidence

There’s a good chance that on your first day you’ll be introduced to a lot of people. As well as trying to remember everyone’s name, this is your chance to make a good impression with the people you’ll be working with. A firm handshake and eye-contact are both recommended, as well as a brief line telling them your name and what you do.

Ask Questions

You may have done your research but you are bound to be snowed under with new information as you are shown the ropes at your new place of work. If you are unsure of anything make sure you ask questions at the time, it’s much better that way than having to admit you weren’t following and having to ask again. Even if you are following what you are being told, asking a few questions can only prove that you are keen to learn more about the role.

Make Notes

Writing things down will help you when it comes to knowing every fine detail about the company, it can also give you an air of confidence as you are taken through your induction. You don’t have to be overly precise, just a few things to jog your memory when you look over your notes. Be sure to keep your notepad with you at all times, especially if you are writing personal descriptions of the people you are soon to be working with.

Get Involved

As you try and get to know your new colleagues there are bound to be plenty of opportunities put your way in order to mingle with the crowd. Invites for lunch, after work drinks, even sporting activities -don’t shy away. Take every opportunity to show that you are part of the team and not just there for the money.

This article post has been written by Matthew Crist on training seminars provided by Oxford Management.

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