The Power of a Positive First Impression

You’ve landed that exciting new position that you’ve sought for the past months. Tomorrow is the first day on your new job. What can you do to ensure that you will be successful? The best way to get started on the right foot is to give a  first impression.

The initial impression that you give people affects their assessment of your knowledge and skills. To ensure that their first impression of you is positive always be on time or slightly early to meetings and appointments. Also, prepare ahead and organize your thoughts and notes so that you demonstrate your ability to manage your resources and tasks. Being late and fumbling to find information erodes other people’s confidence in your abilities.

In the initial tasks that you are assigned, show your self-motivation and self-direction as much as you can. Granted, there will be situations early in your employment when you will need to check with your supervisor or a colleague to verify your understanding of company procedures or standards, but be aware of how often you seek assistance and try to minimize any interruptions. Perhaps it would be convenient to schedule your requests for assistance so that they are less disruptive. Of course, the primary measure of any employee’s success is the degree to which tasks are completed correctly and on time. Build your supervisors and colleagues’ first impression of your work on your competence and habit of consistently following through on your assignments. Double check your work for errors. Plan enough time in your schedule to allow you to review your writing or calculations before submitting them to your supervisor.

Throughout your employment maintain a high energy level and a positive attitude about your work and environment. This is especially important while you are learning the details of your responsibilities and the work ethic and processes of your new company and department. You are the one who will need to learn and adapt to a new way of working. Don’t enter a new position with the initial impression that you can dictate changes to match your expectations or previous experience. Even a well-seasoned top executive first surveys the current situation before implementing changes.