/ Asked by Tanya
What should I expect on my first day?
Answered by Sue, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Monday, January 23, 2012
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.
Answered by Jonathan, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Sunday, November 18, 2012
This is a great question - generally your first day will consist of a few things.  You'll meet your direct manager and will typically review expectations of the role, possibly a first 100 day plan  and may be introduced to others in the office to get you better acquainted with your new company.  In addition, you'll probably spend some time with your local Human Resources support to walk through company guidelines/policies.  In short, your first day is geared towards getting you introduced to the company - setting you up for success from day one.
Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on Monday, February 18, 2013
Usually you will fill out new hire paperwork, such as how you want your tax deductions handled, etc.  You will likely get an orientation to the company's products and services, and perhaps a tour of the facility and where you will work.  These are the most common activities on day one, but I would definately call the company and ask exactly what you can expect.
Answered by Jessica, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
First days typically consist of paperwork, orientation, and introductions. Make sure to take good notes and to ask plenty of questions so that you are ready to get started on day two!
Answered by Kelly, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Thursday, April 4, 2013
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 a specific training for the position you are moving into. Be prepared; bring a note book and a pen. You will want to jot down notes.
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