How to Make a Good Impression with a New Employer

6th June 2024
How to Make a Good Impression with a New Employer

Ensuring you dress appropriately, arrive on time and demonstrate eagerness to learn are key strategies. Engaging with new colleagues respectfully and showing a proactive attitude can set a positive tone from the start.

Key Takeaways

•    First Impressions are Crucial. Dressing appropriately, arriving on time and displaying a proactive attitude are fundamental. 
•    Effective communication. Listening actively, speaking clearly and being professional in digital correspondences is essential. 
•    Proactivity and Continuous Learning. Building positive relationships, showing initiative and embracing continuous learning are key to long-term success.
•    Time Management. Prioritise tasks, set clear goals and take regular breaks to maintain high levels of productivity.

Why do First Impressions Matter?

According to a series of experiments conducted by Princeton psychologists Janine Wills and Alexander Todorov and published in Psychological Science, its literally a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger.  This underscores the importance of preparing in advance to present yourself in the best possible light from the moment you walk into the office or meet online if working remotely.

It is fair to say that first impressions are not just about how you look but also how you behave. Be polite, engage with your new colleagues and show eagerness to learn.

How Do I Improve Communication Skills?

With email or collaborative project management tools in usage, timely responses are vital. In addition, think about the tone and politeness of your digital communications. Verbal communication is just as important when starting a new job. Given you will be new to the job, a reliance on active listening skills will be key. In many new jobs, it can be information overload, therefore, be prepared to take notes and ask appropriate questions at the right time. 

Optimise Your Workspace

If you are a remote employee, having a dedicated and organised workspace can significantly impact your productivity and the impression you make on video calls. Ensure your background is professional and free of distractions.

Time Management

Whether working remotely or in the office, using tools to manage your tasks can help keep you on track and show your team that you are organised and reliable.


This encompasses your approach to meetings, communication and your overall demeanour. Be punctual for virtual meetings, dress appropriately and maintain a positive attitude.

Understand the Company Culture

Every company has its own culture and values. Take the time to understand these before you join, as aligning with them can make a significant difference in how you are perceived.
Participate in company events and initiatives to show your commitment to being part of the team.

Build Positive Relationships

Building strong relationships with your colleagues and supervisors is essential. Be open, respectful and genuine in your interactions.
Seek opportunities to collaborate and offer help when needed. This shows you're a team player and invested in the company's success.

Show Initiative

Going above and beyond in your role demonstrates ambition and dedication. Take on challenges, suggest improvements, and be proactive in seeking new opportunities to contribute.

Embrace Continuous Learning

Being open to learning and development is a trait that employers highly value. Show interest in training opportunities and seek feedback to improve.
Staying updated with industry trends and applying new knowledge to your work can also make a positive impact.


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