So, you landed the job and are anxiously awaiting your first day. Congratulations! But now it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to hit the ground running with your new gig. The best way to do this is by having a great first day and making the most of it. Naturally, there is going to be a learning curve when you first get started. Don’t try to avoid or deny this; instead, embrace it. Starting on day one, you should think of yourself as a sponge by trying to absorb as much information and knowledge as you can. With that being said, here are a few key questions you should ask your superior on your first day.
What should be my main focus today?
You may have a good understanding of what you’ll be doing on the job, but don’t start day one thinking you know exactly what you should be doing. This can get you off to a bad start, along with sitting back and waiting to be given orders. Your best bet is going to your boss and asking what he wants you doing on day one. This will show that you want to be working on the right things while also indicating that you respect your boss and want to follow orders
Who are the people I need to meet ASAP?
It’s important to reach out and introduce yourself to people you’ll be working with and be in contact with the most. Taking the initiative to form these relationships as soon as possible shows you’re eager to get started. It also tells these individuals that you are a team player.
What is the preferred method of communication around the office?
This varies from company to company, so it’s important to find this out right off the bat. Ask your boss what is appropriate and what isn’t. Of course, over time you will naturally begin to pick up on the type of communication that’s frequently used, but asking and knowing right away limits the chances of your making a mistake.
What are some of the abbreviations and acronyms used here?
Across different industries and businesses, there are a common set of acronyms and abbreviations that are used in communication. Don’t make it a guess and make it seem like you know what’s being abbreviated. If you don’t know what something means, ask someone. Get it out of the way so you can begin jumping right into conversations, not wasting time figuring out what something means.
How will success be determined in my position?
You don’t want to be working blindly every day. Understand what is expected of you and how success will be determined in your role. Ask your boss what he/she expects of you. This will display your professionalism and your desire to be transparent. It will also have you get off to a good start by doing the right things right away.