How to Make A Good Impression on Your First Day at Work

The first impressions are the best impressions and the same stands true for your new workplace

Sankar Pillai
July 14, 2019

So, you aced that crucial job interview and landed your dream job, congratulations! But it would do you well not to rest on your haunches, for the true litmus test for any professional is that first day at work. That time when first impressions make the best impressions, on your new boss and your co-workers as well. Working in an organisation is all about teamwork, where your co-workers’ perception about you could result in you getting that coveted corner office, or the boot. So then, what does it take to make that credible first impression tick? Evidently, quite a bit. Here’s our take on tips and tricks to make that first day in office work in your favour.

1. Connect, but not to impress

It pays to be you. Being transparent in your dealings with your new co-workers from day one at your new office space will pay off in the long run. So, instead of doing everything that it takes to make a good impression, explore ways and means to connect with your team. To err is human, hence looking vulnerable does not necessarily stand in for weakness, it just makes you appear that much more real in front of your team, and that much more approachable.

2. Quit being self-absorbed

Your introductions are done with during those rounds of interviews with HR and your current boss. It’s time to get to know your team now, and your responsibilities as a co-worker on that team. The faster you come to grips with your new responsibilities, the quicker will your co-workers gain confidence in your abilities and as someone they can trust.

3. Dress the part

Sartorially, it pays to treat every day at work as interview day. Sloppy dressing does not cut much ice with management, neither does it make a credible first impression on your team. That being said, it makes sense to gauge the regular dress code of your organisation and fit in accordingly. However, even if the dress code is slightly more relaxed than is the norm at your place of work, it makes sense to follow in due course only after you feel that your co-workers have got to know you better.

4. Ask for help

You may be a wiz at your specified field of work but it pays to ask for help. As mentioned before, showing you are vulnerable and need help is not a sign of weakness, besides, how so ever competent you may be on the job, it’s quite possible that you will not have all the answers. In such instances asking for help won’t hurt, it only gives you the opportunity to bond with your co-worker.

5. Know your responsibilities

You know and so does your boss that you were hired for a reason, to execute a specific set of tasks in a set period of time. Making a good first impression depends on you knowing your job responsibilities and acting accordingly. Besides, knowing exactly what your responsibilities are will help you to be more efficient, effective and competent at your job.

6. Be ready to offer solutions

Bosses have often been heard to remark, “Don’t come to me with problems, come to me with solutions.” It’s obvious that you are going to face stumbling blocks, especially on the first day at work, but be prepared to explore ways and means and come up with possible solutions too. Not all suggestions are solutions but rest assured that your boss will notice that you were at hand to offer an option when the time called for it.

7. Be inquisitive

Being curious is not a negative, especially during those first few days on your new job, when you need to ask those questions to gain as much knowledge as you possibly can to get a leg up. Also, never shirk from a challenge, be ready to offer your services should there be an opportunity to do so. Your move will mark you out as a team player in the eyes of your boss as well as your co-workers.

Now that you’ve put your first work day jitters to rest, buck up and enter your workplace with confidence! getthat has hundreds of jobs across every industry from engineering to accounting and so much more! 

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