The first day of work is pretty standard. A member of HR, your assigned buddy, or your supervisor takes you around the office and introduces you to your new colleagues.
How do you go beyond the usual name, position, and where you’re from to make a good first impression?
1. Comment on something personal you observe at their desk
Eg. If they have a Tenerife sticker or mug on their desk, point that out.
A simple “oh, you’ve been to Tenerife!” or “Are you from Tenerife?” can get the conversation going.
Plus, if you’re not good with names, it acts as a reference AND gives you a possible next conversation topic!
2. Ask about something specific about their roles
This is important if you’ll be working with them closely. Arrange for a quick chat to find out more.
“Oh, that sounds interesting. I actually have a few questions. Could I schedule a quick chat with you sometime?” will suffice!
This serves two purposes: it keeps you in their head as they’ll be waiting for a follow-up chat from you and it shows your dedication right off the bat!
P.D: una buena sonrisa y un apretón de manos siempre son de gran ayuda!
Hope that helps!
Soy el director de Daniel Smith + Partners. Tengo más de 15 años de experiencia enseñando inglés a españoles.