What To Expect On Your First Day
You landed the job - Congrats! As you get ready to start at your new company, knowing what to expect will help prepare you for a smooth transition. Let’s hear from our hiring experts about what to expect on your first day!

Onboarding

Sue, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., shares, “Your first day is usually referred to as ‘onboarding.’ You will likely start the day filling out HR paperwork related to getting paid, emergency contacts, etc. You will likely be assigned to a desk and given the tools you need to do your job, i.e., phone, computer, etc. Be prepared to meet with employees connected to the work you will be doing.  Absorb the culture of how people communicate and work, and do your best to remember names and roles. It’s useful to carry a notebook so you can review notes at the end of each day as it could take a few weeks or months to get a rhythm going. Be prepared to introduce yourself by describing your role and your background. This is when you make your first impression, so be on your toes, dress comfortably, and stay energetic and positive.”  More from Sue

Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, says, “Your first day is usually full of information. You'll learn a lot about the organization, the department in which you'll be working, and about your team. I would be sure to bring a notebook. You will likely go through new hire paperwork (be sure to bring your license and social security card) and then go meet with your manager. You'll probably get set up with your computer and log-in information. I would say go in open-minded, as you never know who you'll meet or what you'll be pulled into.”  More from Ashlyn

Introductions

Megan, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, says, ”During the first day, you will usually spend the morning meeting your team and finishing up any onboarding that needs to be completed. Usually, the first day or week is when you also complete any required company training. I would mentally prepare that you might be introduced to a lot of people the first day...but don't worry, there won’t be a quiz on names at the end of the day! Usually, the first day is pretty easy. Be inquisitive and take advantage of the time you have with each person you may sit with.”  More from Megan

Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., suggests, “Most first days consist of meeting a lot of people and taking in a lot of information! You will probably attend an orientation on your first day to learn about company policies, culture, benefits, etc. This is a great time to ask questions about your benefits or any other questions you may have about being an employee of your company. At orientation, you will learn about any compliance training your company may require you complete. The rest of the day will probably consist of meeting the people you will be working with and getting to know your new environment. I think the best way to prepare is just to get a good night's sleep and be ready to put your best foot forward!”  More from Makailyn

Take Notes

Kelly, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., shares, “First days are definitely nail biters. Not knowing what to expect pulls us from our comfort zone and is both exciting and intimidating. Communicating with your recruiter or future manager prior to your first day may alleviate some of your anxiety. Your manager would be the best person to tell you what you may be working on the first day, whether it’s an orientation or specific training for the position you are moving into. Be prepared; bring a notebook and a pen. You will want to jot down notes!”  More from Kelly

It’s ok to be nervous, but keep in mind that almost everyone at your company has been in your shoes! Take notes and don’t stress about remembering everything on the first day. You were hired because you were the right choice for the job. You have plenty of time to settle in and show everyone why you were the best candidate!  
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