Congratulations – you got the job! You have already managed to make a great first impression on your new boss or colleagues during the application and interview process. Now it’s time to solidify that impression by making a smooth and successful transition into your new office. Here are a few tips on how to start a new job off on the right foot.
- Dress code. You certainly dressed up a notch for the interview. But what is the office culture really like? Do your colleagues wear business casual attire or suits every day? Gauge what is appropriate. With business casual dress, remember to keep it sharp and professional, and have suits on standby for meetings with external contacts.
- Friendliness with colleagues. Make an effort to introduce yourself to individual colleagues and get to know each of them a bit more. They will appreciate the time you take to remember faces and names, and you will leave an impression as a thoughtful and considerate colleague. Even basic niceties such as daily greetings and small talk can make a lasting impression.
- Be positive. Don’t speak negatively of your previous job, even in a comparison that favours your current position. Colleagues may perceive you as negative and might wonder if you will speak poorly of your current company at some point in the future.
Do Your “Homework”
- Awareness of current projects. In preparation for the interview, you most likely completed extensive research on your new company and its current projects. Now that you are a part of those projects, it’s important to become even more informed on a detailed level. Get yourself up to speed on the current affairs of your company and your role in them – this may involve more work outside of the daily 9 to 5, but be prepared to make an extra effort. It will pay off when your colleagues and supervisor see you go above and beyond.
- An informed opinion. Make yourself known by speaking up at meetings – but only if you know what you’re talking about. Make sure you have an informed and thought-out opinion before you share it, especially in the early days.
- Take copious notes. Processes are different in every office, and hopefully colleagues will be patient with you as you learn the routines in your new workspace. Nevertheless, speed up the learning process by absorbing information in as many forms as possible.
- Ask questions. You’re not expected to figure out everything on your own, but you want to make sure you are completing your tasks correctly. Ask questions if you are uncertain about how something is done.
Starting a new job may seem intimidating at first. But if you use the skills that you proved you have during your interview: the ability to take initiative, a professional manner, and a friendly and positive attitude – you will transition into your new company in no time!