You just have what it takes. The application was a sure-fire success, and you shone when talking to the new boss. You are looking forward to your first day at work – especially if you are new to the world of work. Nothing can get burnt there, you think. Really? The first few days in particular are full of pitfalls, and the trial period often becomes a hangover. Notes don’t count anymore. Now it’s all up to you. You must please. The boss. And more importantly: the colleagues, the team. And that is often a balancing act.
1. The smart ass
In job interviews, the question is often asked: What would you like to improve in our company? It is usually used to determine whether the applicant has dealt with the potential new employer. Don’t try to turn everything upside down on your first few days. And don’t play the head teacher at all. “But that’s how we did it” or “We learned at university …”. Save it yourself. Nobody likes a know-it-all. Especially not on your team. Familiarize yourself, let yourself be taken by the hand, get to know the processes. The time for suggestions for improvement will come. But not in the first few days.
2. I know, I know, I’ve already been
You want to shine, of course. Show what you can do. Logical. But don’t be too proud to ask questions. You may not know how the new company works. So don’t be afraid to ask. Take action and don’t expect everyone to come out on you. Show interest in the way your colleagues work. But be careful: the step to becoming a dependent pain in the ass is not a big one. Find the mediocrity.
3. But I wasn’t
Oops, how embarrassing. Hardly there and already made the first buck. Duck away, cover up, deny – not possible! Everyone makes mistakes, especially at the beginning. Be open about it. Confess the mistake to your boss, your colleagues. Show a big cross, stand by what happened. And offer solutions right away. You learn from mistakes. And they make you human.
4. The loner
You want to please the boss. That is understandable. Finally, at the end of the probationary period, he will decide whether and how things will go on with you. Just don’t be his lap dog (unless you’ve been hired by a government agency, which can help). A good boss doesn’t like that, and certainly not the team. Make new contacts, go out to dinner and have a coffee with your new colleagues. Chat but don’t isolate yourself. You’re a team player.
5. Nine to five
The last in the morning and the first in the evening. Do you notice yourself, right? The boss doesn’t like that and you’ll soon have a lot more free time. But the other way around? Not a good idea either. Those who still believe today that they can score points with mere presence are something of yesterday. Or has a boss who still worships the clock. Overtime is completely normal if it is necessary. Dropping the pen because the clock strikes five is an absolute no-go. Orientate yourself to your colleague, then you will not go wrong.
6. Wait for work to come
Have you ever heard of initiative? Don’t wait to be assigned work. Find some. Questions, offer help, support colleagues.
7. Know who is important
There is a position that is inviolable in any company. No, not the boss. It’s the office assistant. The good soul. She has an overview, has usually been with the company for a long time, knows where and how things are going. Don’t be kidding yourself. Because the power is with her. And what she usually doesn’t like at all are arrogant snobbies from university with summa cum laude who let it hang out.