Important Questions to Ask on Your First Day of a New Job

So you’re about to start a new job. Congratulations! The hard part is over, and now you are ready to settle in. Having a few nerves is common. But asking a few simple questions can start off not only your first day but your entire new role on the right foot. Here’s what to ask.

What Are My Priorities for Today and This Week?

Some positions start with a day or a week of training, while others expect you to launch into a project right away. Whatever the game plan is, it’s important to make sure you and your new boss are on the same page.

Where Do I Go for Help?

Some workplaces use the buddy system, teaming up each new hire with a seasoned employee who can act as the first line of assistance. Others prefer for new hires to go to a floor lead or department manager with any questions. Find out who you should talk to and what the best method of communication is.

What’s the Jargon?

It’s normal for companies to use a set of internal jargon to refer to products and processes. You don’t necessarily need to ask for a full list upfront, but anytime you hear an unfamiliar term, ask for a definition. Otherwise, you’ll constantly be trying to play catch up with your coworkers.

What Is the Review Process?

To be successful, you’ll need to know what metrics you’re being judged on. It’s also important to know how and when to present your work to the boss. Asking about this early shows that you’re professional and eager to learn, and it prevents you from having to backtrack and possibly redo your work in a different format later on.

Break Policies and Bathrooms

You don’t want to miss out on a break, and if your company is unionized, certain breaks may even be mandated. At the same time, you don’t want to take any unauthorized breaks or spend too long at lunch. So ask about the break policy on your first morning and, while you’re at it, ask someone to show you where the bathroom is. You’ll be glad you didn’t wait to ask when nature calls!

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