From deciding what to wear to meeting your new boss and colleagues – your debut into corporate life can be both exhilarating and absolutely terrifying. Of course, you want to make the right impression and show that you’re proactive while not appearing too eager.
Surviving the first day on the job is easier said than done, but with these tips and tricks you can translate all of that nervous energy into blowing people’s minds - and showing them why they were right to hire you!
Show up on time Being late on your first day is probably one of the worst things you can do, so sort it out! Plan ahead for any traffic jams to ensure you don’t get caught, and be on time. If you can, show up early. Nothing shows disrespect or a lack of dedication to your job than failing to turn up on time.
Ask questions Demonstrating curiosity and passion on your first day is important. While meeting with managers and teammates, ask questions and take notes – this will help to ensure you don’t miss key details. But don’t ask too many questions – that’s what Google is for.
Relax and smile Although you’re feeling anxious, smiling and appearing relaxed are a great way to make an impression. There’s nothing wrong with faking it ‘til you make it. Also, introducing yourself to everyone will help to break the ice and get you familiar with the office and its culture.
Don’t turn down an invitation If you’re asked out to drinks or dinner on your first day, don’t turn it down. Remember, first impressions count. Use this as an opportunity to interact with senior executives and show your social side – but don’t blow it by getting drunk and disorderly. That’s a quick way to lose everyone’s respect and ruin all chances of you being seen as a professional.
Go home at a reasonable time If there’s no office team catch up after work, don’t get sucked into the pressures of presenteeism. No one is a winning a medal for staying until 10pm. Head home to relax and reflect on the day, and come in the next day ready to wow everyone again!