So, it’s all gone to plan and you’ve got the job. Naturally, you want to impress your boss and colleagues.
With so many new things to learn, nobody expects you to know it all straight away. You’re at the start of a huge learning curve and there’s a lot to work out. But that doesn’t mean you can’t impress even while you’re still taking it all in.
If it’s not expertise, then, what really is it that employers want to see from you when starting a new job?
The worst thing you can do in a new job is turn people off by being closed and withdrawn. In those first few days, you’ll be judged solely on your attitude rather than any work you do. It’s always tough being the new person, but you still need to make an effort to socialise and integrate with the team.
Remember names and roles. Ask questions. Tell people about yourself. Don’t eat lunch alone. Psychologists say that your colleagues are highly likely to remember your actions and attitude when you first start working with them. Making sure you open up and build those connections will help you hugely in the long run. If you show that you’re willing and trying, you’ll be instantly more likeable and instantly more memorable as a new employee.
Maintain a positive attitude
The last thing people want to hear from a new starter at the company is complaining. Never badmouth anyone, don’t make negative comparisons to your old job, and don’t assume that people want to know about any bad aspects of your personal life. It sets the wrong tone and will put people off talking to you in future.
Remember, your boss chose you from a large pool of candidates. They want to see how glad you are to have the job and see positivity from the interview carried through in to the workplace.
Understandably, you might go in to a job and want to try and change the game. But before you can do that, you need to learn how the game is played. You need to take in information like a sponge and ask as many questions as you can. Your curiosity will show that you’re interested, engaged, and enthusiastic. Sitting on your hands with your mouth closed won’t impress anyone. Demonstrating an active and inquisitive mind, on the other hand, certainly will.
A sure-fire way to have a bad start in a new role is to show a lack of enthusiasm. From day one, you need to give people no doubt that you are committed to the job. Research at home and put in extra time if you need to. Your team will see your high energy and know that you’re passionate about doing the job. If you’re staring bored at your computer screen in the day and rushing through the doors as soon as five o’clock hits, your boss is soon going to question their decision.
Understand the company vision
You won’t get anywhere in a job role if you don’t see the company’s long-term vision. Get to grips with culture and ethos and get behind future growth ambitions. The company vision will clarify the pathway forward and give you an insight into the kind of employee that is valued. When you understand the vision, your day to day work will align and start to make a lot more sense.
If you get these things right, you’ll make a great first impression. And as we all know, you’ll never get a second chance to do that again.