How to impress your new boss during that all important probationary period...

Congratulations! You have got your foot in the door, you have secured yourself the job of your dreams. It is now time for you to blow your new employers away. Most companies have a compulsory probation period. You will need to remember that you cannot just breeze through. You need to show your new employer that you are the perfect choice for them - they will not just assume this because you turn up every day! Avoid that embarrassing moment where your employer takes you aside to inform you that it is not working out, and then you need to start that job search all over again!



Look the part. Make sure you have bought, washed and ironed all of your outfits. Never turn up looking scruffy. Set your alarm ten minutes earlier, avoid that tempting alarm! Allow yourself enough time to get ready each morning. Make sure your hair and make-up is professional. Tie up hair, do not let it distract you. When it comes to make up, it is a case of less is more. You do not want to look like you are stepping out on a night out with your friends. Leave the false eyelashes and lipstick at home.

When you are interviewing, try to assess what the other members of staff wear to work. Some companies are slightly more relaxed when it comes to dress code, whereas other companies are far more corporate. Remember, you can never look too smart!

Sit up straight, and stand tall. Never act as though you are not interested as your colleagues will pick up on this very quickly!


First impressions

First impressions count! Make sure you make an effort with your colleagues and bosses. Be polite and display an interest. You do not want to come across as rude! When it comes to break times, make sure you make the effort to introduce yourself. Talk to them about their lives, and pay an interest in what they have to say. Another important thing to do is to remember your colleague’s names. When they are having a conversation with you, pay attention and never interrupt.

Never be negative! A huge mistake would be to start moaning about your workload or even worse, your new colleagues! By being miserable, it will really give off the wrong vibes and make people not want to socialise with you.

Keep your desk tidy. Clean up after yourself! You do not want to be the member of staff that everyone just thinks is scruffy. By keeping a tidy desk, you will demonstrate that you are an organised individual.


Think before you speak

Of course, you may will need to ask questions during your first few weeks. However, when training, do try to make notes. This way you will be able to master your new work load quickly. If you ask too many simple questions, your colleagues may get fed up with telling you each time! Try to work out a solution before asking a colleague, you may even discover a simpler way of completing a task. You do not want your peers to think you are lazy. Remember, any negatives will always be reported back to senior members of staff.

You will also need to remember that your new colleagues are not your best friends, try to avoid telling them anything too personal! Over share is not pleasant. Keep your personal life personal, and keep it outside of the office!

Do try to avoid office politics. You must try to avoid these situations at all costs, especially when you are the newbie. You may innocently give your opinion, which may then lead to gossip. You want to make friends on your first few days, weeks and months! The best way to turn people off you is to be the office gossip! 

Never say anything that could potentially hurt and offend others. Your general opinion of a current affair or news article could cause more harm than good. Keep your opinions to yourself and keep that all important office equilibrium.

Be sensible

Now, this is a new job. Put your sensible cap on. You may want to celebrate your new position by painting the town red. Which is fine, and understandable – you deserve it. But do try to keep this to the weekends. You do not want to come into work on a hangover and therefore behaving sluggish and not working to your full potential. Do keep work and play very separate. It is not hard to spot a hangover in the workplace!

Time keeping is extremely important. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to work. Do try to arrive early. This way you can settle at your desk with a coffee and complete basic admin and your emails before the working day commences. Therefore you are ahead of the game, making the rest of your day that little bit easier! Work out your commute, and try to find quicker routes. You do not want to be late. This will set alarm bells off with your employer. If you know that you will be cutting it fine by catching a later train, do not do it! Bite the bullet, wake up earlier and get the earlier train! Do not be afraid to work late either!


Can do attitude

Do be enthusiastic about your new job, walk in each morning with your head held high. Keep a clear head and make sure you are ready to take on the day with enthusiasm. Be part of the ‘yes movement’. When your bosses ask you to complete a task or project which may be out of your job description, take the challenge. It may be that you will need to work out of office hours to complete the task to a high standard. But such commitment is recognised and your bosses will appreciate this a great deal. By turning down work, you may appear as difficult and inflexible, which is very unattractive to your employer. If you are on top of your workload, do not be scared to ask your bosses if they require any additional help. Even if they do not, they will certainly appreciate that you are keen to help and to broaden your knowledge within the company.

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