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 office, and after impressing at the interview, now is the time to prove you are the right person for the job. Here’s how:
1. Arrive early.
Just as with an interview, it’s good to show that you are eager and well organized by turning up a little earlier than requested. Take into account that you may be driving a new way or catching a different train and give yourself plenty of time. Don’t go overboard though — turning up at 8 a.m. for a 9 a.m. start time won’t win you any points.
2. Dress appropriately.
Remember what people were wearing when you were interviewing. 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 can’t remember, then compromise: A pair of nice pants or a skirt with an open neck shirt or blouse is seen as smart while being slightly more relaxed.
3. 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 interview that you didn’t take in everything that you were told. Do a little online research to find out the basics — at least the names of the managers or company directors.
4. Exude confidence.
There’s a good chance that on your first day you’ll be introduced to a lot of people. Beyond just trying to remember everyone’s name, this is your chance to make a good impression with your new colleagues. A firm handshake and eye contact are both recommended, as well as a brief line telling them your name and what you do.
5. Ask questions.
You may have done your research, but you are bound to be overloaded with new information as you are shown the ropes at your new place of work. If you are unsure of anything, ask questions right then and there. It’s better than having to admit later on that you weren’t following everything that was shared. Even if you understand everything you’re told, asking a few questions can only prove that you are keen to learn more about the role.
6. Take notes.
Writing things down will help you when it comes to knowing every fine detail about the company, and it can also give you an air of confidence. You don’t have to be overly precise, just a few things to jog your memory when you look over your notes. 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.
7. Get involved.
As you get to know your new colleagues, there are bound to be plenty of opportunities that will allow you to mingle with the crowd. Don’t shy away from invites for lunch, after-work drinks or even sporting activities. Take every opportunity to show that you are part of the team and not just there for the money.
This article was written by Matthew Crist on behalf of Oxford Management, a company that specializes in training seminars. Matthew has more than 10 years of copywriting and journalistic experience and has written for a number of top magazines, websites and news organizations, including FHM, Time Out and The BBC, with his work being published in a number of countries.