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- "All eyes are on you" during your first week of work, experts say.
- In trying to impress your coworkers, there are miscues many new hires can make during the first few days.
- Here are the mistakes to avoid during your first week of work.
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First impressions matter — and at a new job, you want to be on your best behavior during the first week.
Job interviews can only tell both the employer and employee so much, but you won’t know how you truly fit in the company until after the first 90 days, Amanda Augustine, career expert at TopResume, tells Business Insider.
Augustine calls the first 90 days an "unofficial audition" for what your place will be at the company.
"You can interview someone until you’re blue in the face, but it’s not until you get past these first few number of weeks to know, ‘What really is this job like?’"
Like any audition, new hires need to put their best foot forward — and avoid making critical mistakes. Lynn Taylor, workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job, says employees have a tendency to over-impress during the first week, which can lead to miscues: "You don’t have to become a superhero your first week, but on the other hand you do need to know all eyes are on you."
Here are the biggest mistakes new hires make during their first week of work, according to Taylor and Augustine:
Don’t make any snap judgments in your first week, as it will take time to figure out your likes and dislikes at work.
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As mentioned previously, Augustine says it takes 90 days to truly feel out your company. Your perceptions of who you like, the culture of the company, or the work itself are subject to change. "Judging this role by what’s going on by those first few weeks is really not helpful for anyone," Augustine says. "It’s typically gonna change."
She suggests asking questions to your coworkers and boss in the first week so you can get to know the culture, and will help you get into your groove at an organization sooner rather than later.
Don’t burn out quickly by staying too late and showing up too early.
When you first get hired, Taylor says there’s a tendency to still be in "sales mode," where you want to continue to prove that you deserve your job. She says new hires fall into the trap of wanting to over impress their boss and coworkers, sometimes by coming in earlier than everyone else and leaving after everyone else is gone.
Taylor says working too long will burn you out quickly, and set a bad precedent for the future. For instance, if you start coming in later after showing up early for the first week, your coworkers will think you are slacking.
"You should demonstrate a strong work ethic within reasonable boundaries when you start your job," she says.
Don’t be afraid of a fresh start.
Augustine recalled helping someone who got hired out of college and were always treated as a kid, even years after being at the company. When the client moved to his new job, he decided to try to create a more adult persona and went by his full name instead of his nickname.
Many new hires can assume everyone at their new job has the same opinion their old coworkers had, Augustine says, but you have the power to forge a new path at a new company (if you start early enough).
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