Tips for making the best first impression at your new job
The first impression, counts. How to prepare your first day.
1. Research, research, research
Before your first day, experts recommend doing as much research about the company as possible, including checking out social media posts to get a feel for the office culture and appropriate attire.
Depending on your role, it may also help to research your company’s competitors, test out any software you’ll be using on the job, and look up your colleagues’ LinkedIn profiles.
2. Make contact with your manager
Before day one, send them an email or a Slack message to check in with them.
Ask about how people in the office generally dress for work (even when working from home!), whether there is anything specific that would be helpful for to know on your first day, if you’ll need to bring or prepare anything special with you that day, and what might be expected of you in your first week. Demonstrating a desire to be proactive and prepared will make a great impression and show your employer that you want to have the best start possible and be effective from day one.
3. Confirm your schedule
Don’t assume you know what time to show up or when your lunch break is. Even if it’s in the job description, there might be an important detail missing.
To avoid a mishap ask about schedules and routines ahead of time. What time will you be expected to arrive? What time does everyone usually leave? When is your lunch break and for how long?
4. Do a test run of everything
If you’ll be working on-site, test your commute. If you’ll be working from home, test your internet connection, computer, software, and other equipment you’ll need for the job. Knowing that everything is working smoothly will help you relax for the big day.
5. Introduce yourself to the team virtually
Your arrival on-site (or online) should never be a surprise to the rest of the company. Usually, HR or your boss will introduce you to the team before you start, but even if they don’t, take the initiative to do so yourself. Ask your boss if you can send a company-wide email or a Slack message to the main channel to let your team know who you are and what you do.
The first impression, counts. That is why it is important that the first days you start on the right foot.