5 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at Work
We have heard of the saying, “don't judge a book by its cover” but studies have shown that it is a natural reaction for humans to form an impression of a person within the first few seconds of their interaction.
Keeping that in mind, getting ready to meet your new colleagues on your first day at work, can be a really nerve-wracking experience. "I still remember how my first day at work went after I graduated from university. I was so nervous, and I was worried whether I was appropriately dressed," said Peiqi, Medical Researcher. Whether you are good at your job depends very much on your skills and capabilities, how your colleagues see you and the initial opinions they formed of you are equally important.
Here are some of the ways you can make a good first impression, and what you should take note of on your first day at work.
1. Be likeable
Because no man is an island in today's workplace, everyone wants to work with likeable people rather than face difficult ones day in and day out. Make doubly sure to greet everyone on the team with a smile and work on giving a firm handshake. Maintain eye contact when you are being introduced to your new colleagues and show warmth in your interactions with them.
2. Communicate well
Being able to speak articulately is definitely going to be seen as an asset to the team on the business front and in your daily communications in the office. Practice on the way you speak and make sure that you do not pepper your sentences with unnecessary words like "you know", "actually", and excessive "like".
3. Dress for the part
One of the easiest ways to make sure that you make a good first impression at work is to dress for the part. Dressed too casually and you will come across as a sloppy person who will be equally sloppy at work. Do a little research or check with the HR prior to your day one to find out what your office dress code is like. Make sure your clothes fit you well and do not appear in crumpled, un-ironed garments. Invest in good shoes and bags to look professional and polished.
4. Be well-groomed
The small details matter and nobody wants to work with a colleague who doesn't bother smelling decent before coming to work. Personal hygiene is one of the most important factors that determine your likeability and it is not difficult to take a shower before heading to work. Put on some makeup and make sure that your nails are neat and clean. It is nice to spray on some fragrance, but remember not to overdo it.
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5. Be confident
Confident people are seen as those who are not afraid to take up new challenges and maintains a better relationship with their colleagues. In fact, all of the points mentioned above will make sure that you appear confident.
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