Congrats, you landed your dream job! You rocked the interview, but now it’s time to get to work.
Our tips for making a great impression on Day One:
1. Be mentally (and physically) prepared
The interviews are over, but the stress you’ll experience during the first days at a new job can be just as challenging. In order to prepare your brain and body for the first day’s information overload, get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before leaving in the morning. If you are someone who exercises regularly, don’t skip your workout before the first day. Studies show that regular exercise reduces stress hormones, so go to that yoga class!
2. Show up early and stay late
Whether you’ll walk, drive, ride or cycle to the office every day, practicing your work commute a few times prior to starting your new job will ensure punctuality on the first day. Nothing says “unreliable” more than being late -- especially on Day One! Even though you might not have a huge amount of work to finish on the first day, don’t leave early. Instead, stay a bit late. Use the time to get yourself organized, read up on your company and prepare some thoughtful questions for Day Two.
3. Dress the part
You want to seem polished, professional and confident when meeting new colleagues, and your wardrobe plays an important role in accomplishing this. Let’s face it--looking great is a huge confidence booster. Hopefully the interview process will have given you a pretty good idea of acceptable office attire, but when in doubt, dress up!
4. Listen and ask questions
You want to be the best at your job, but this isn’t going to happen--nor is it expected to happen--on your very first day. So relax, listen and ask a lot of questions! Take a notepad with you everywhere, and jot down questions that pertain not only to your job and how to succeed in it, but questions about your colleagues’ roles as well. Asking questions shows that you have an open mind and that you are engaged with your experience. Remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It demonstrates your curiosity and desire to learn.
5. Be a team player
Now that you’ve edged out the competition and landed the job, it’s time to check your ego at the door and join a team. You’ll want others to see you as a team player, so don’t turn down invitations to lunch, coffee or after-work get-togethers. Smile, be friendly and relax, and you’ll win the trust of your new colleagues.