4 Tips on Making a Great First Impression

May 9th, 2014

Congratulations! After going through rounds of interviews, the company has decided you’re the best person for the job. Starting a brand new position is exciting, but can also be very nerve-wracking, as you want to fit in with your new peers. It’s important to work hard to display your very best self from the start, to ensure you make a great first impression.

Feeling a little nervous about your first day at your new job? Follow these four tips to make it a success:

  1. Dress to Impress: Whether you like it or not, people make judgments about you according to how you present yourself. Try to remember how most people were dressed when you came in the office to interview for the job ─ then step it up a notch. Plan your outfit the night before, so you’re not left to frantically scramble for something clean and ironed on the big morning.
  2. Arrive Early: You never want to be late for your first day of work, so allow plenty of time to get there. For example, if you think your commute should take 30 minutes, allow yourself an hour. Having a little extra time allows you to relax and focus on the events of the day, instead of becoming stressed if you incur unexpected delays.

  3. Ask Questions: On your first day of work, no one expects you to sit down and know exactly what you’re doing. The more questions you ask, the more engaged and excited you appear to be part of the team. In the beginning, no question is too small or too inane, so ask away now and avoid enduring future confusion because you didn’t question something you were unsure about in the beginning.

  4. Take Notes: The first few weeks on the job are always a lot to take in. When you’re learning so much valuable new information, it’s only natural that you’re going to forget a great deal of it. Taking notes during training allows you to have something to refer to, so you don’t always have to ask your co-workers for reminders.

 

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