It’s likely you’ll be a little nervous, so take a few deep breaths before you walk in the door on the first day. However, it’s also important to remember that you deserve to be there; they picked you out of everyone who came for the job interview. Knowing this should help calm those nerves and make you feel better.
Ask what time you’re expected to turn up on a daily basis, and then get there, ON TIME! In fact, on the first day, it may well be worth getting there a little earlier (as long as the premises is open) just in case there are any issues with traffic or public transport. Doing the commute beforehand is recommended, if possible.
The first day can be daunting, but ideally, you’ll want to make a good first impression.
Being early will be a great start. Make sure you’re well presented for the job that you’re about to do; in other words, dress appropriately. If you can prove to your new boss that they made the right decision, you’ll make them feel good too.
Hopefully, you’ll get a little tour from your line manager. Take advantage of this to meet as many people as possible and find out what they do. Remembering everyone’s name can be a struggle when you meet lots of people at once, so try and make a note of who they are and their role within the organisation.
It might help to map out a seating plan or a workstation plan and put peoples’ names in the various positions. Pay extra attention to the names of anyone you’ll have regular contact with, getting their name right moving forward, is just common courtesy.
*Tip: Greet people by name and remember to use their name as often as possible when talking to them to help you embed that in your memory.
Ask the boss insightful questions. Again, this gives them confidence that they’ve picked the right person. Colleagues or support staff will be able to point out where the coffee machine is later.
If you’re not sure about something, or you just want to know more, don’t be afraid to ask. Plus, listen to the answer and take notes. It shows you’re eager to learn and interested.
Initially, you should be listening a lot more than talking. Make good quality notes to make the tasks easier – there will be a lot of information to learn about in a short space of time, so try not to feel too daunted about it.
If you’re not sure what to do with yourself after you’ve been introduced to everybody, use your initiative. You’ll probably be given time to learn the systems you’ll be expected to use from day to day but use that time at the beginning, to learn everything you can about how your role fits in with the rest of the company too. STILL GOT NOTHING TO DO? ASK.
Every job has its fair share of boring tasks to do, and as the new person you may well be expected to do them, initially. Learn how to do them and carry them out well, and you’ll definitely show what a hard worker you are. You’ll also learn a lot about your new company and how it works.
No, we’re not asking you to run for Prime Minister, but you may well have to deal with politics at work and by that we mean, internal politics. Getting to grips with how things work and the management style, can be tricky at first. It’s good to be open, straightforward and friendly, and don’t get bogged down by the politics, if at all possible.
Call your recruiter (US) to let us know how it went. Talk through the people you met, the project and how you found your first day. It’s important to share any questions you may have at this early stage and we’ll be best placed to find out information, on your behalf.