“First impression is not the last impression.”
This is not entirely true when it comes to the corporate world. First impressions are quite important, especially if it’s your first job or your first day at a new job. It is natural to feel anxious and worried about the new culture and people. The nervousness comes from the fear of being judged. Nobody wants to be thought lowly of, particularly on the first day of work.
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“First impressions matter. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes.”
- Elliott Abrams
Starting off on the right foot is essential as it sets tone for the next few weeks of interaction and engagement. Since it is a make or break kind of deal, it becomes imperative to create a positive first impression.
Here are a few tips on how this mammoth and pressuring job can be made simple and worry-free.
Do not over-dress, but do not under-dress either. Know from your HR beforehand what kind of office dress code is followed and pick your clothes accordingly.
Time is of great value and people are often judged by how they respect others’ time. Be sure to reach office and meetings always on time, if not earlier. Into the first few weeks of a new job, make sure to come early and stay longer than needed. Invest time in knowing the office culture and time ecosystem.
Everyone likes a person who has a radiant smile, personality, and attitude. This is exactly the thing needed for a lasting impression. Be enthusiastic, charming, and energetic about the new opportunity and do not forget to reveal the same in your body language. However, be careful not to overdo this bit and come across as a loud person.
Before becoming a team leader, it is important to become a team player. When at a new job, quickly take efforts to know everyone and introduce yourself to them. Make sure to focus on the critical elements of team playing — loyalty, trust, taking initiatives, and working together. Network with co-workers but avoid gossiping.
During the first few weeks, you are bound to be loaded with more information than you can process. It is a wonderful idea to pen everything down.
Be proactive and volunteer to do even the smallest of jobs. Perform these odd jobs also with utmost commitment. At most workplaces, in the beginning, little or no work is delegated. Make the most of this free space to assist someone with their work. This would help you learn more about the company.
More communication is better than no/little communication. In the first few days of a new job, you are bound to have millions of questions. It’s better to leave your manager’s desk with all queries answered than to keep coming back.
Ask the right question to the right person. Leave the admin-related or salary-related questions for the HR and work-related queries for your boss/manager.
A new job is always challenging and exciting. It is filled with opportunities and difficulties. Make the most of the opportunities and be skilful in to tackling the challenges. This will help you create the desired first impression and take you a long way in the corporate world.