first impression

6 Ways to make a good first impression in a new job

If you’re reading this then chances are you’ve either got yourself a new job and due to start soon (congratulations!), you’re a newbie who’s already started (congratulations again!) or you’re just curious. In any case, welcome!

Whilst you can breathe a sigh of relief and give yourself a pat on the back for getting the job, now is not the time to relax. How you present yourself and make an impression on your first day, in your first week and even first month is how you establish your character and reputation in your new workplace.

Here are our 6 ways to make a good first impression…

1. Be on time

This goes without saying, but it can happen that a new starter arrives late to their first day of work. Whether you accidentally wake up late, getting stuck in traffic or confusing the start time, it doesn’t look professional. Checking and preparing the day before you start will ease the stress and panic.

Once you’ve made it into the office, pay attention to the company culture and emphasis placed around working hours; if others on your team are always staying later then maybe it’s best to follow their lead, you don’t want to be the newbie who always leaves at 5 on the dot whilst the rest of the team holds the fort!

2. Be engaged in conversation

Nothing puts someone off a conversation more than the other person not paying attention. This can be interpreted as a lack of interest in your colleague and what they’re talking about. Engage yourself in conversation, actively contribute to the discussion and show you’re interested in what people have got to say. It’ll demonstrate you’re approachable and wanting to immerse yourself in the company as much as possible.

3. Introduce yourself

This ties into the previous point. Walking past people in your office without muttering a word to them isn’t going to do you any favours long term. Introduce yourself or suggest going for lunch with your colleagues. This will set up a rapport with them and show you’re serious about your job and making a good first impression. Colleagues are more likely to warm to you if you make the effort to get to know them, and you can demonstrate how you can be of value to the team.

4. Be open to learning new things and developing yourself

Whether you’re just starting a new job or have been in your role for a number of years, remaining open to learning new things and developing yourself professionally and personally is an important trait.

The Muse recommends taking advantage of one- to- ones with managers to discuss what is expected of you, and what you can do to further yourself. Talking with colleagues and learning about what they do can provide another insight into the company and what skills they have learnt since joining, providing a useful benchmark of what you can expect.

5. Be positive about your previous role

Regardless as to the reasons why you left your previous job, it is important to remain positive and professional when discussing this (you can read more about how to know it’s time to look for a new job in our blog post here). Remember to remain positive and highlight the things you learnt or benefitted from in the role, but don’t draw attention to any negativity, instead remain discreet about employers. Telling your manager all the reasons why you hate your former employer won’t earn you any points, instead it’ll be construed as employer bashing and a lack of loyalty.

6. Research beforehand

Lastly, but by no means least, research! You will have [hopefully] done some research in the lead up to your interview for the role, but it’s important to continue learning and developing your knowledge of the job and company prior to starting, and even still, whilst you’re in the position. Showing you are aware of market and industry trends, news and company developments shows you are dedicated and enthusiastic about understanding what the role and company expects of you. You can read more about researching your employer here.


Don’t waste another minute, search for your next job with WorkAdvisor. For tips and insights on how to make a great first impression, watch this video on writing a CV.