You are Hired! Observations from Above
OK so you have followed the steps outlined in the previous two blogs: Six Steps to Nail the Job Interview and Interviewing for Success . You have been hired for your dream job and are own your way to the first day of work. Here are a few observations to make your transition easier and to put your boss’ mind at rest that you are the best person for the job.
The pointers here form over twenty-five years of supervising and leading teams. I have seen a thing or two!
The night before plan your work attire and lunch or dinner for work depending upon assigned shift for the day. Plan on arriving early to avoid traffic delays, the slow driver out on tour and the big yellow school bus.
As you enter the building, acknowledge others arriving as well. You do not know who may be responsible for training and or mentoring you on the job and you ever get a second chance to make a good first impression. Report to the designated person or persons outlined in your acceptance or offer letter.
You must maintain the positive attitude that you displayed during the interview and employment acceptance meeting. Your attitude sets the stage for how others will approach you and respond to you. The positive attitude you display means you look for the best qualities in those you work with and that you expect the same in return.
Your boss will observe your behaviors and determine if you take on challenges and find ways to get the job done. He or she is assessing whether or not you are truthful to what you displayed in your interview.
Your employer is expecting you to have and maintain a positive attitude even if others do not.
Remember the mantra “to be early is to be on time and to be on time is to be late”. Every leader wants and salivates over a dependable employee. You must be true to your word and do what you say you will do. The job responsibilities assigned to you are yours to complete timely and with accuracy. Other employees in the company may be dependent upon you to complete your assignments in order for others to proceed with their assigned responsibilities.
Seek clarification for assignments you question or are unsure about how to complete. Your supervisor would much rather provide input earlier on than later as the time you invest in a project is valuable. Time is money. Check out this short video on initiative in the work place.
So, once you have complete your assignment, ask for additional task and seek additional responsibilities. Exercising initiative in this manner conveys to your supervisor that you respect and support the company’s mission. Remember it is up to you to keep yourself employed. The company and your boss have taken a chance on hiring you and you have a responsibility to show them they make the right decision.
Now that you have settled into the groove of work and you have a healthy appreciation for the work you have been assigned to do it is up to you make the wheel continue to roll. My philosophy is “we are life-long learners.” Life-long learning is your responsibility, make a commitment to yourself that you will continually strive to increase your knowledge and skill level.
I tell my new hires that if they do not like or see the value in life-long learning you will not like it here. Investing in yourself by continued training, reading various materials places you in a position to further your contributions to the organization as well as to yourself.
You are much more marketable with an increased level of knowledge, skills and abilities.
Who better to promote than yourself?
My last observation for excelling in the work place is to be cooperative. This does not mean that you are a doormat or a gopher. One of the greatest attributes you can possess is the ability to get along with others. You don’t have to have a relationship outside of work with your coworkers, but you do have to develop and maintain a working relationship.
Do you remember in pre-school when the teacher would send your report card home to your parents and you either were rated either Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory in various categories and one of those was “plays well with others?” (I loved the one that said “Runs with Scissors”) OK, well this is Kindergarten grown up on steroids. Working as a team player is critical your success as well as to the success of the organization.
Of course, this is my short list of observations to assist you in getting off to a great start on the job. Remember the lessons learned in kindergarten are just as valuable today.
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