Starting a new job is exciting, but heading into your workplace for the first time can also be a nerve-racking experience. After all, you are going to meet a lot of new people and you probably want to make the best first impression possible with each and every one. Luckily, there is something you can do to help ensure that you make a great first impression at your new job, and it isn’t difficult. Here’s the one thing you need to do before heading in on your first day.
When it comes down to it, practice makes perfect. That’s why so much interview advice focuses on rehearsing responses to common questions.
On your first day, you are almost guaranteed to be nervous. This may lead you to stumble over your words or simply draw a blank when you meet someone new, especially if the encounter wasn’t planned or structured.
By practicing, you have the ability to craft the ideal introduction that touches on the most important points quickly and efficiently. Plus, after working on it for a while, reciting it will become second nature. This means, even if you are feeling some level of anxiety, you won’t have to search for the right words. Instead, they’ll be immediately available, allowing your introduction to go forward as if on autopilot.
Your initial introductions need to function similarly to elevator pitches. You want to mention the important points quickly and concisely. Begin by reflecting on your previous experience and create a very short story that lets them know who you are as a professional. You can mention your last role or employer and even touch on your education. Then, mention the position you are starting in followed by what about this job excites you, such as the project that caught your eye or the company’s products or services. If your new workplace isn’t overly formal, you can also sprinkle in some personal details, like where you are from or your favorite hobby.
Ideally, you want to keep your introduction short and sweet, while allowing it to serve as a mechanism to prompt a longer conversation, time permitting. Plus, you want to give the other person a chance to introduce themselves and possibly ask a few questions, allowing everyone to get to know each other.
First days usually come with a lot of handshakes, so it doesn’t hurt to practice this as well. Consider asking a trusted friend or family member to work with you, allowing you to get feedback about your approach. Finding the right grip, duration, and other aspects of a stellar handshake can take some time. But, once you get it down, it’s fairly easy to replicate.
By following the tips above, you can make a great first impression at your new job. If you would like to know more, the staff ASK Consulting can help! Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members and see how our expertise can benefit you.