Starting a new job is an exciting time, but it can also feel overwhelming. You’re probably focused on what you need to do, from making sure you get there on time to choose just the right outfit. But it’s equally important to think about what not to do. To make a great first impression, here are some things you should never do when starting a new job.
Don’t Make Assumptions
A few days before your start date, go through all the information you’ve received from HR or management. Do you have a specified arrival time? Are there clear directions on where to go and what to do when you arrive? If not, call or send an email. You don’t want to risk being late or getting lost on your first day.
Don’t Shrug Off Your Coworkers
Many people are eager to get to know the new person. They might invite you to lunch, offer to help with projects, or want to show you around. Accept all offers graciously, no matter how busy or awkward you feel. Turning down invitations will only make it harder to become part of the team later on.
Don’t Pay Attention to Gossip
Some people live for office drama, while others want to give you a guide to the unwritten lay of the land. Either way, take in whatever they’re saying without contributing. You might glean something useful, like the fact that the boss is always cranky before coffee, but remember that not everything is necessarily true or accurate. Avoid getting drawn into office politics, especially before you have the chance to assess the situation for yourself over time.
Likewise, don’t contribute gossip of your own. You may be dying to share juicy stories about your old boss or coworkers, but it’s never a good idea. Your new teammates may worry about how you’ll talk about them at your next job or decide that you’re a complainer. Have a short, neutral, prepared response ready for questions about where you worked before and why you left.
Don’t Be Afraid of Change
Even if your new job is extremely similar to your old one, now is the time to see how you can change things for the better. Be open to new techniques and processes. Accept any tips and tricks your new boss or coworkers share. Maybe the new way is a huge improvement, or maybe it doesn’t help much, but at least it will give you a fresh perspective on your work. It will also make your new teammates feel good that they were able to help.
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