You were amazing through the interviewing process. You were prepared, dressed in the most effective manner and demonstrated that you were the best fit for the job. Yea for you! Now, you want to make sure you make a great first impression with all of your new work colleagues.
Here are some broad guiding principles as you start your new job:
- Be on time. I really mean it. Be. On. Time. You have zero credibility in the company. You have no reputation to fall back on. Everyone will think you’re not serious about your new job. And they will be like, “Oh… the NEW person/guy… well, they’re not really serious about this place…”
- Dress appropriately. You should have learned through the interviewing process, and the research you performed on the company, the company’s expectations. Follow them. I know it’s hard not always having things your own way… but, conforming isn’t all that bad.
- Be friendly and look friendly. This means smile and look approachable. Remember you WANT to make new friends. Smile and say “hi.” If you look scary none of your new co-workers will want to step up to help you.
- Don’t over do the talk about how you did things at your last job. If the knowledge is pertinent to a conversation or if you are asked, by all means, bring the subject up.
- Ask questions. If you want to know something ask. Remember there isn’t such a thing as a stupid question. Just remember to ask your question(s) appropriately. It’s not what you ask is it’s HOW you ask it. “Hey this is stupid. Why do we do this, this way?” Asking a question that way won’t make you any friends. Try instead “I don’t understand this. Could you explain it to me in a little more detail?”
- Pay attention to what is going on around you. This is the only way you’re going to figure out how the work place functions. You will find out the formal work process and the informal work process. Be aware of the grapevine group but don’t take part in it.
- Network. It’s the only way for you to find out what all of your work colleagues are like. Some folks take politics to the piranha level. You need to find out who to trust and who not to trust. Don’t be a trusting lamb that will be led to the slaughter house. There are lots of great books on networking and office politics. If you’re not good at networking build your skills.