The most nerve-racking part of any job search is undoubtedly the interview, the first day at your new job, however, comes a close second. Much like your first day at school you want to make a good impression and settle in as quickly as possible, desperate not to embarrass yourself or make any mistakes. The most important thing is to be yourself and remember that, purely from the fact that you are there, means that the company must like you and have confidence in your ability, it would be wise, however to also remember the following tips.
- Preparation! This is possibly the easiest and most important thing to do. Plan your route to your new workplace and make sure that you know exactly how long it will take, taking into account the time of day and volume of traffic. Once you know how long the journey should be add on a little more, you can always sit in your car for a few minutes but plan to arrive roughly 10 minutes early. Also plan what you are going to wear the night before to avoid panicking and wasting time in the morning, and ensure that you get a good night’s sleep so you can turn up to your new job refreshed and bright eyed.
- Dress appropriately. Every company has its own rules and style, so knowing what to wear can sometimes be quite tricky. If you have already been to the workplace for an interview then you should already have an idea of the level of dress code expected, but if you are unsure ask the hirer. If you are still unsure always err on the smarter side, better to turn up in a suit when everyone else is in jeans than to turn up in jeans when everyone else is in a suit. Above anything else, ensure that your outfit is clean and tidy, a creased shirt gives off the wrong image to your new employer.
- Smile and make an effort to introduce yourself to as many people as possible. As much as you would like to hide in a corner, try to be confident and shake hands with everyone you meet, and make an effort to remember names. Knowing who people are will be very useful if you need to ask any questions. Smile and be enthusiastic about your new job, if people ask whether you would like to join them for lunch always say yes.
- Listen carefully to everything, and ask questions if need be. There will be a lot to take in on your first day so remember to take notes, even if you think you will remember what you are being told. Remember to thank people who help you out, even if they are just giving you directions to the toilet.
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