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15 Secrets Revealed – How to Impress your Boss on Day 1

Posted by | September 15, 2014 | Graduate Article

You are excited to finally get a job. Problem is you are not sure whether the impression you made during the interview will last long. So how do you get to amaze your boss on the first day of your new job?

Here are 15 ways to impress and still figure things out

1. Get an Early Win
Consider ways you can build momentum right away. Try to identify an immediate contribution you can make to the team. People who do this generate a positive perception and tell me we have a long-term winner within the company.

2. Bring One Big Idea
Propose an audacious new idea to improve the business every week. Bring these ideas to your boss and offer to lead a team to execute the new idea.

3. Get to Know People
Walk around and ask people what they do, what they work on, and what gets them excited about being here every day.

4. Put in the Extra Hours
If we see the person makes the extra effort and time to learn more about what we are teaching and stays a bit later, we know this is the person we want.

5. Make Jokes
By the time we’ve actually hired someone, we expect that he or she knows our current staff well enough to start cracking jokes and having fun from day one. If you aren’t comfortable enough to laugh a little, that’s a sign of a problem.

6. Express Curiosity
On the first be curious, thoughtful, and open.

7. Understand the Vision
Understand the long-term vision of the company on day one. Asking questions to fellow team members about strategy and key performance indicators is critical to getting acquainted on the first day.

8. Be a Sponge
Focus on learning how the organization and the people within it operate. First learn, then do, then teach.

9. Remember Everyone’s Name
Nothing helps a new team member more than walking in on day two and saying, “Hey John.” It instantly builds credibility and relationships with the team.

10. Research at Home
There are a lot of things that need to be learned on the job, but some things can be learned by reading and researching at home.

11. Understand Everyone’s Roles
It will help ensure that your team works more effectively and that information is communicated to the right area of your organization.

12. Ask Lots of Questions
It demonstrates not only understanding of the job and the expectations of the position, but also a projection of where one is capable of taking the company.

13. Organize and Prioritize Work
This gives direction and determines the priority based on the deadlines and importance of each task. It can be overwhelming but creating a to-do list can help you focus and accomplish more.

14. Interact With Others
Introduce yourself to people who work near you, and make sure you meet some new people each day.

15. Have Energy
One way to ensure a bad start is to show a lack of enthusiasm on your first day. Show people you want to be there. Give them no doubt from the start that you are committed to the team and your role.


Source: The Muse