Hooray! You got the job! Now you’re counting down to the big day when you start your new role, and the closer you get, the more the nerves start to build. Of course you’ll be excited too, but we’ve got some handy tips to help you make the best impression on your first day, battling the nerves to help you settle in more quickly and become an integral part of the team.
Preparation: Fail to prepare and prepare to fail! Do your research, like you did before your interview, but just to make sure you understand what’s expected of you, what the company culture is like, and what you need to bring with you on the first day (P45, paperwork, identification, proof of address etc).
Punctuality: Make sure you don’t channel the White Rabbit on your first day. Being late is one of the worst things you could do on your first day, as it gives the impression that you are unreliable. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive to the office so you’re not rushing around getting stressed out.
Presentation: Before you start, make sure you check with HR or your new manager about dress code; it’s best to stick on the safe side and wear something pretty neutral the first few days just to get an idea of what everyone else is wearing and what’s appropriate. Just as much as you don’t want to turn up too casual on your first day, you also don’t want to turn up in a suit if everyone else is in leggings or hoodies.
Proactivity: Once you’ve been introduced to the teams and been shown around the office, try to get stuck in asking questions and getting to know your team and any projects you might be working on once your training is complete. This will show that you are willing and eager to learn, which is the most ideal first impression for a new job!
Personality: Don’t be afraid to show your new colleagues your sense of humour and your interests – make sure you get involved at lunchtime and make the effort to chat to people and get to know everyone. If a social event is organised, try to go as it’s a great opportunity to meet your colleagues in an informal setting (go easy on the wine though…!).
Now you’re ready for your first day – go for it, it’s your time to shine. Once you’ve tackled day one, why not check out our advice on how to ensure your first 3 months go smoothly?
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