How to Make a Memorable First Day

Arun Agrahri
The Startup
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3 min readMay 26, 2019


The first day of any new job can be overwhelming. Trying to navigate a new company and learn the ropes of a new role is a lot for new hires. The candidate wowed the organization at the interview. Now, it’s time for the organization to wow them with a perfect first day at work.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou

A bad first experience can ruin a new job for any employee. As their manager, it is your role to ensure their first impression is a good one.

There is no one perfect playbook, and I’m sharing the onboarding playbook that I developed over time.

When your candidate accepts the offer

Mail the following:

  1. A personal note from the hiring manager on congratulating them on accepting the offer. A $50 gift card to take their significant other or a friend out for dinner and celebrate.
  2. A welcome postcard signed by the interview panel.

On the first day

  1. On the employee’s first day, make sure someone is waiting to greet him or her at the door.
  2. Give an office tour: It may seem trivial, but a company tour is vital for a new employee’s first day of work, even if your office space is small. More than anything, it helps the new employee feel comfortable with their new surroundings and get to know the company culture.
  3. Ready Workspace: Ensure that their space is ready for them, including their computer, work equipment, email & network access, office supplies, welcome gift (optional).
  4. Involve the team: It’s always a good idea to prepare your team for a new team member since they will be working together. Ask your team to send an intro email introducing themselves, their role and how they can help. Maybe a fun fact. It’s a surprise-and-delight moment that makes each new team member feel welcome.
  5. Personalized introduction: Don’t send an email or share this on slack — “Everyone, this is Allie; Allie, this is the team.” Before you…



Arun Agrahri
The Startup

Builder: Products, Teams, Companies. I write about entrepreneurship, team building, and my intellectual curiosity.