#15. You got the job. Now what?Blogs
#15. You got the job. Now what?
Congratulations, you got the job. Now your first day is looming and you're unsure how to approach it. Hopefully, we can help…. 1. Expectations. Don't expect too much on your first day. You won't know everything, nor will you learn it all in your first 8 hours with the company. As the weeks roll on, make sure your expectations (and those of your boss) and constantly assessed and managed. Be certain you're on the same wavelength. 2. Start your day the right way. Approach the day (and each one following it) in same way you did with your interview. If you're punctual, well presented and prepared you're going to make a good start. Make sure that you not only had a good night's sleep the night before, but that you've caught up with all those late nights over the past month. 3. Be you, but not too much yet. Over time your colleagues will come to know you well, but the first few days in the office are not the time to tell about every pet you've ever owned. Introduce yourself to everyone you can, but leave your personal life at home and let out a bit about you at a time. 4. Ask Questions. Find out about your colleagues; what they like, what they don't and importantly, what they do in the company. The more you know, the easier you will integrate into the team and the more likely it is you'll be asking the right questions to the right people. You won't know everything and the first few weeks are the right time to be asking questions. 5. Be Gracious in victory and defeat. In your first few days (and hopefully in the weeks/months and years afterwards) you're bound to have some successes. Make sure you take praise graciously and give it with sincerity. Equally, you're going to make mistakes. Own up to them and be honest. If you can fix them - even better. 6. Work Politics. The best advice we have here; stay out of it. Don't try too hard to fit in and get involved in the office politics, it rarely ends well. Don't test the boundaries too early either. When the jokes are flying be careful what you say; you can't be sure how it will go down. 7. Enjoy it. While the idea of your first day might terrify you, it's a chance to learn a whole group of new skills, meet new people and grow as a person. Embrace it!
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