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.