You never get a second chance to make a first impression, but just how much time does it take to make one when starting a new job? In a new Robert Half Finance & Accounting survey, the majority (92 per cent) of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) said new hires have less than six months to prove themselves.
“Kicking off a new position on the right foot starts before the first day on the job,” said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations.
“To be well-prepared to hit the ground running, candidates should take advantage of the interview process to get a sense of what will be expected of them within the first 30 days, six months and year. New hires should also take the time to learn about the job, business, industry and even competitors to get a head start on making the greatest impact.”
Here are some DOs and DON’Ts for getting off to a good start in a new job for new hires:
“A good first impression starts before your new position does,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half.
“During the interview process, candidates should ask what will be expected in the first 90 days, and new hires should come to the job knowledgeable about the company, the competition and how to make the greatest impact. You don’t need to know everything, but managers are going to expect you to get up to speed in a short amount of time.”
McDonald further adds, “Try to meet as many people across the organization as quickly as possible. Understanding their roles and priorities will allow you to start adding value right away.”
Scileppi added, “There is a learning curve with any new position, but to start adding value right away it helps to meet different people within the organization and find out about their different roles, priorities and goals.”