MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION DURING PROBATION PERIOD
By Lewis Bromley
Starting a new role will almost always involve a probation or trial period, usually of between three and six months. This a valuable time for an employer to make sure that any new member of the team is the right fit for the role and for the individual to determine if the position and the company will offer them the challenge they are seeking.
If you are starting a new role, we have some top tips on how to make sure that you pass your probation period with flying colours.
Remember the basics
Even simple tasks can seem daunting as you get to grips with new systems, procedures and colleagues. Make sure you create a good first impression by getting the basics rights – turn up on time, dress the part, be friendly and enthusiastic and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Take your time
You will not be expected you to know everything about your role within the first few days. Show an eagerness to learn by asking questions and talking to other members of the team and people from other departments. Get up to speed by reading background materials, looking at previous projects and familiarising yourself with the way your new company operates – use your time wisely and it will pay dividends!
Lend a hand
Demonstrate that you are team player and give yourself the opportunity to see how others approach tasks by offering to help your new colleagues wherever possible. Not only will this help you get up to speed but it’s a good opportunity to show your communication skills and your ability to make a valuable contribution early on.
Don’t get involved in office politics
Don’t let yourself be drawn into office gossip. Be polite and friendly to everyone and avoid taking the opportunity to bad mouth your predecessor – you don’t know who they are on friendly terms with! And don’t introduce new systems until you’ve fully familiarised yourself with current procedures that are in place within your department and the company as a whole.
And don’t burn any bridges
It is also important not to bad mouth your former employers – even if you had very valid reasons for being unhappy in your previous role. Not only could word get back to your old boss if you have mutual connections but you don’t want to get a reputation with your new employer of being someone that would potentially speak badly about them in the future.