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4 Ways to Impress Your New Company

I work for a large organization that hires a lot of people throughout the year. I always make it a point to introduce myself to our new hires on their first day. There are several hiring managers besides me so sometimes it will be the first time I am meeting this person. I pay close attention to these first encounters because it allows me to form an impression of the new hire. For better or worse, this first encounter does make a lasting impact on how I view this individual for the rest of the time they are with the company. First impressions are crucial and will go a long way in ensuring your success with your new job. Below are some of the things you must do if you want to be view positively by people you will be working with.

1. Be on time.

I know this is a simple one and most people will heed this advise. If you are late on your first day, it sends up a red flag because I think you will be habitually late for not only work but meetings. You can’t afford to be late if you’re going to make a good impression on your first day. Punctuality is classy. Being late for meetings is disrespecting your colleagues because you are telling them that you don’t value their time. Unless you have a legitimate reason, there is no excuse to be late on your first day at the job.

2. Dress nice.

How you look on your first day DOES matter. You should never underestimate the importance of dressing professionally on your first day. This is not the day to put on your faded jeans and ripped t-shirt even if you are working at a Silicon Valley start-up. At the same time you don’t want to overdress for the job. For example, if no one at the company wears a suit and you come walking in with a suit, it will be awkward. Wear something that will make you feel professional and confident. During the interview, observe how other people dress. This will give you clues on what the dress code is at the company. If your unique style of dress is beyond the norm of the company culture, I suggest you leave that outfit at home until people get to know you better. In most cases the workplace is not the setting to express your individuality so quickly. Let them initially form an impression of your work rather than your taste in fashion. It is always prudent to play it safe than to be labeled as an outcast on your first day.

3. Be on your best behavior.

Office etiquette is very important. You need to be polite and courteous the entire time in order to make a good first impression. When you are introduced to someone for the first time, smile and give a firm handshake. I can’t tell you how many times I have shaken a new person’s hand that is less than firm and confident. Do make an effort to remember each person’s name. My trick it to jot down on a notebook the person’s name after I am introduced to them. When you remember someone’s name that you have met for the first time, it is viewed favorably. No one expects you to know everyone’s names by the end of the day, but do try. It is the details in life that counts. Smile and relax. Be positive and show them how excited you are to be part of this organization.

4. Ask questions.

Do more listening than talking. Good communications does not necessarily mean speaking all the time. Ask as many questions as you can and take good notes. When you ask good questions, it shows you are paying attention and interested in the job. On your first few days at work you will be bombarded by lots of new information. When I am explaining something and I don’t see the new person taking notes, it sends a red flag that I will have to explain it again sometime in the future. I might even tell them that it is important information and they should take notes.

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