[CAREER NEWS] You never get a second chance to make a first impression!*

You never get a second chance to make a first impression!*

You’ve just landed the job of your dreams after a long recruitment process! Well done! Just like a rugby player, you’ve scored the try but now you need to convert it to guarantee your job is made permanent... It’s your first day in your job. How can you best prepare? Here’s how…

You’ve just been taken on by a new company. After a restless night's sleep, your throat is dry and you arrive at your new job for the first day of work. Everything is new and you feel a bit lost. You know that these first moments at the company are going to be crucial: you never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Here are a few tips to help you on your way...

During your induction period, you will find out exactly what your job involves and what your working environment and the everyday atmosphere will be like. It might take a little time to adapt to this new work environment and produce results while you are still quickly trying to take on board how the company works to face its challenges.

First of all, rest assured: the company has chosen you from among many candidates for your skills and knowledge, but also for your personality. Remember that the company’s goal is the same as yours: to make a success of your trial period!

As soon as you arrive at work, be on the look out for signals such as the timetable, daily rituals like the coffee break, the dress code, how you should address people... and make sure you observe them because these are all codes that create the culture of the company.  If the subject of the company dress code was not broached during the job interviews, opt for sober or even neutral professional attire on the first day. That way you are unlikely to get it wrong ...

On the first day, you will also have to introduce yourself to your new colleagues. How you present yourself may have a significant impact on the first impression they have of you. Why not prepare both verbally and non-verbally to ensure that you create a great bond with them and successfully integrate into their teams?

It’s important to recognise your lack of knowledge when you start at a new company. Do this by taking an interest in the people you meet and asking them questions about their areas of responsi-bility and their jobs, then listen and observe. By allowing them to share their knowledge, your col-leagues will feel valued and, at the same time, you will also be demonstrating your willingness to learn about the challenges of the company and the rules that are in place. If you are worried about forgetting the names of people and/or the information they are sharing, don’t hesitate to take notes.

Sometimes, you might be tempted to show off the extent of your knowledge to colleagues and therefore, unwittingly, adopt a condescending stance towards them or even come across as arro-gant. Be careful, because this stance runs the risk annoying your colleagues, sparking mistrust or even jealousy. If you believe you know more about a particular field than them, first of all respect their way of doing things by listening to them without commenting and appreciate the benefit of their point of view or expertise: they may have things to teach you, despite everything! There will be plenty of time later (ie once you are well integrated), to teach them a few things... In the same vein, we wouldn’t recommend adopting a critical tone when discussing your previous job.

The company expects you to be up and running as quickly as possible and, at the same time, it also knows that it will take you time to make your mark. This is the paradox of integration. For your part, try to prove yourself (quick-win) and gradually get up to speed without putting unnecessary pres-sure on yourself with the first files that you have to manage.

Finally, you may notice some discrepancy between what you were hoping for and the reality of your new job. That’s quite normal. Be patient, give yourself time... Try some measured analysis before jumping to a hasty decision ...

To sum up, successful integration into your new job requires that you strike the right tone and atti-tude. In short, be humble, open and above all listen...

It’s easy! Now it’s over to you!

* Quote by Marc Levy

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