Psychologists call it "thin slicing". Jean Baur, a career coach and author of the book "The Essential Job Interview Handbook", said that within just three seconds of meeting you, people make all kinds of judgements about you, from ability to mindfulness to intelligence. Here are four key ways to give the right impression on your first day.
Small details can have a substantial impact on the way you're regarded. LinkedIn career expert told Business Insider that "the problem with appearance is that it translates to performance. Even if your boss doesn't think that they're thinking any less of you, they will subconsciously think it". So, although fairly superficial, ensure that you take care of your appearance. If you're a woman this means paying special attention to fingernails, hair & makeup. If you're a man, you should pay attention to ensuring that any facial hair appears professional and suits your face shape. And everyone should only wear clothes that are tailored to fit them well.
2. Be punctual
Nothing says committed like getting to work a solid half-an-hour early, ready to start the day. If your manager can see that you're enthusiastic and keen to perform your role to the best of your ability, they are more likely to trust you to work independently and entrust you with bigger responsibilities. This will make them feel at-ease and make you feel more organised. It's a win-win situation.
You're body language says a lot about you. In fact, it's one of the first things that people notice about you. When someone is hunched over, arms crossed, obviously, that instantly gives the message "I'm really not happy right now, don't talk to me". Is that the kind of message you want to be sending to your new colleagues, if ever? Emanate those good vibes instead and walk into your new office with your shoulders back and your head held high.
4. Be willing to learn
Nobody likes it when the newbie comes along, acting totally arrogant. Just because you've taken courses in x,y and z, this doesn't mean that you no longer need to broaden your skill-set. There are always going to be methods in which you can hone in on and further develop your existing skills. Be humble, listen attentively and ask questions, you don't know it all.