How to make a great first impression in a new job
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 by The MSS team — No comments
The saying goes ‘you’ll never have a second chance to create a good first impression’. This is particularly relevant when it comes to the workplace. You’re going to be spending a significant amount of time with your new colleagues, so it’s essential you get off on the right foot.
Creating a good impression doesn’t just make work life more enjoyable, it can have a critical impact on your long-term reputation in the company. Here are five ways to make those early days count:
Look the part
A recent Censuswide survey found that almost three-quarters of UK adults make an initial judgement of a person within just a minute of meeting them. Clothing, body language and facial features were identified as the top three things people notice. Being confident in your appearance can make a big difference to how you carry yourself and communicate. And according to the survey, dressing appropriately won’t only create a good impression with your colleagues, it’ll also help you build better customer relationships too. What boss wouldn’t be impressed with that?
Understand what’s expected
Ideally, you’ll have asked about expectations at the interview stage, but things may have changed in the interim. Your new boss and colleagues will have certain expectations about what needs to be done and in what order; whether you agree or not, it’s important to listen and be open to suggestions. After all, if you know what people want from you you’ll be in a better position to satisfy them.
Get to know as many people as you can
By being friendly and making the effort to get to know your colleagues, you’ll have a much better idea of how things operate and will have an opportunity to ask some insightful questions. By understanding the tasks and challenges others are navigating, you’ll be a great position to make yourself valuable by helping them out. And when the time comes where you need to pull in favours, you’ll have a ready-made network.
Show some initiative
Taking up opportunities to lead a project or sit on a working group is a great way to meet other colleagues, show you’re a team player and leave a lasting impression. You don’t have to wait for these situations to arise either; be proactive and make suggestions yourself. Just be mindful of stepping on others’ toes and be sure you don’t take on more than you can deliver. If in doubt, check with your manager before taking on additional responsibilities.
Immerse yourself in the culture
Hopefully you took the job knowing the company culture was a good fit for you. So, it shouldn’t be too challenging easing yourself into the work patterns and social scene. Make the most of lunchtimes and out of hours activities to get to know your fellow employees. But don’t get involved in office politics; avoiding gossip is critical if you want to develop a good impression.
A bad first impression can be hard to shake so it’s important to get it right from the start. At MSS People we help our candidates make the right kind of impression. To find out how we could help you, please get in touch.