5 tips on how to make a good first impression at work
If you are reading this article, it means that you have already passed through all the steps of applying for a job successfully. Congratulations! What comes next? Here’s what - it’s time to get to know your new colleagues and the work environment in the new office. So, in order to maintain a good impression even after the job interview, we prepared 5 practical tips on how to do it.
1. Meeting the team
Probably, you already know your line manager and the HR with whom you had interviews. Now is the time to meet with the other colleagues as well. In all cases, it is good to introduce yourself virtually in addition to the physical meeting. You can send an email to the whole team in which you may include personal information - marital status/kids, hobby, pets or other. It’s good to include your excitement about the new job role and the company. Additionally, you can share your LinkedIn profile. This is a nice way for your colleagues to get to know you faster. And a good opportunity for starting a conversation in the future.
2. Assess how much tasks you can handle at once
You are new in the company and can’t wait to show your capabilities? That’s good, you are being initiative, however, don’t overdo it! In the beginning, make sure you complete the tasks that are already given to you and then require new ones. Try not to increase the tasks’ volume by yourself, so as not to reduce your level of efficiency. Make sure always to choose quality over quantity, in order to show that you can be trusted and there is no need for observation. Meanwhile, you can still give new ideas for improving the work processes. And of course, make sure you have strong arguments in order to leave a good impression.
3. Ask questions moderately
No matter how many years of work experience you have, starting at a new place, you will definitely learn new things in the working process and also, a lot of questions will appear.
In case the answers to the questions you have are easily found on the Internet or in some shared company files, we suggest you try finding them by yourself. That way, you will make a good impression as you show yourself as being proactive and hard-working. Also, you won’t interrupt your colleagues’ work continuously. Remember, they also have tasks and their time is no less valuable than yours. That’s why you’d better be resourceful and consider which questions are important and which are not. Make the consideration based on the situation.
4. Listen well to your colleagues’ opinion and take advice
It is possible that you have a lot of experience and knowledge, however, bear in mind that it is good, first, to listen to the opinion of your colleagues. They definitely have more information for the actual company and know more about specific internal processes. Remember, the different point of view could open you to a whole new world of opportunities.
Of course, no one is stopping you from sharing your own opinion. Just be prepared with facts and be ready to accept feedback, even if it’s not necessarily positive.
5. The comparison with the previous workplace is unnecessary
Constant comparison with your previous job is not gonna help you in any way for your career development at your current workplace. On the contrary, focusing on your current tasks and opportunities will definitely help you to learn new things in your job and contribute to your career growth. Look at the challenges as just a new task on the to-do list which needs to be done and focus on it to make it perfect.
Bonus tip: Valuable advice for your successful career growth
Everyone continues their development throughout the years in both their personal and professional life. Having this in mind, we recommend you to challenge yourself and strive to learn new things as much as possible by looking for useful resources. We live in the greatest era where there is tons of information on the Internet and in literature. And it’s presented in different formats - audio, video or text, choose whatever works for you. Take advantage of it. It’s also good to invest a part of your free time for personal and professional development. Afterwards, the results will pay off.
In this line of thinking, almost all managers support the development of their employees and often negotiate good discounts for training or the company covers them. After signing a permanent contract you can ask if there is such a policy in the company.
That’s it! Remember, be yourself, do not rush at the beginning to avoid mistakes, be communicative and try to be as independent as possible.