Good First ImpressionsYou put together a killer resume and cover letter that caught the attention of the hiring manager. You aced all three nerve-wracking interviews. You sent a charming follow-up email. You got the offer. You negotiated a salary that exceeded your expectations. You accomplished all of that. The job you dreamed about is finally yours. Congratulations is most certainly in order. But remember, the work has only just begun! How you enter upon your new job will set the tone for your tenure with your new company. It will influence how you’re perceived by your new coworkers–maybe permanently. It may even determine the grand trajectory of your career. What follows are five helpful tips for how to be in order to make the best impression at your new place of employment:

Be Prepared.

You prepared for the interview, didn’t you? Well, don’t stop just because you got the job! Revisit that research you did on the company before the interview. Get on the web and check out recent news on your new employer. The more well-versed you are on your new company, the more easily you’ll be able to converse with supervisors and co-workers, who know it all by osmosis.

Be Cool.

Notice that didn’t say “Be Yourself.” Because you don’t want to be yourself just yet. When you first join a new social group, it’s a good idea to use restraint with your personality. You will already be the center-of-attention around the office; there’s no need to draw extra attention to yourself by becoming office jester or know-it-all in the first week. Hold as much of yourself back as you can without being awkward, and your co-workers will reward you with genuine curiosity. When they start asking you about yourself, that’s your cue to start letting your guard down.

Be Quiet.

Believe it or not, if you’re the new guy or gal in the office, the fastest way to win the acceptance and respect of both colleagues and supervisors is to keep quiet and listen. Become a laconic human sponge. It’s in everyone’s best interest, especially your own, to get you up to speed on how things work in the office as rapidly as possible. You can’t do that if you run your mouth.

Be Helpful.

“Can I help you with anything?” should be your new catch-phrase. As the new hire, you can’t afford to be caught idle. The best way to avoid that while impressing other employees is simply to jump in and get stuff down. And since you won’t yet be entrusted with much stuff of your own to get done, help others get their stuff done. You’ll learn new skills and processes, plus they’ll love you for being a team player.

Be Grateful.

It’s hard to be graceful when you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s where being grateful comes in. Naturally, you’ll be relying on your co-workers to an almost annoying extent when you first start your new job, so it’s best to maintain a policy of excessive gratitude. Make a point of thanking everyone. Even the guy who directs you to the restroom. And while you’re at it, use these moments of gratitude as an opportunity to repeat and learn other employees’ names. They’ll be doubly-impressed when you thank them by their name before they’ve learned yours.

For more information and tips on workplace culture and employment issues, please visit Masiello Employment Services.