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How to Behave at Your First Job

You have gone for the interview and have been waiting for the result. But unexpectedly, you get your employment letter and you are required to star...

 

You have gone for the interview and have been waiting for the result. But unexpectedly, you get your employment letter and you are required to start immediately. You are happy but at the same time fidgeting because this is your first job in life and you don't know the responsibility that will be given to you  or what to do in your first job post. Relax! There is no need to be afraid. You are not the only person in this condition. This article is for you. The tips given here will be of help to you. Here are some of the tips that you should apply in order to help you know the right steps to take. 

Get updated about your employer and his competitors

It is now certain that you have got job. In order to get idea of what your employer want or where he is heading for, you should take time to know more about his company as well as its competitor. Visit the company's website and take time to read through the various pages such as the about us page, service pages and others. You will surely get reasonable information that will give you an idea of what your employer will be looking for. Now that you have learnt much about the employer, it is time to start preparing for the first day.

Dressing

Having known much about your new employer, you will be able to tell the best attire suitable for the work. The nature of some work demands that you dress corporate or be on good suits. However, there are some works that will require you to dress in casual wear such as T-shirt and jeans. In other words, it is the type of work that you will be doing that will determine how you will dress. in general, it is always good to dress well. So, no matter the type of wear suitable for the job, you have to appear cute and neat. When you go to job on the first day, be observant. Watch other employees and know what they are wearing. This will help you to know how best to dress in the subsequent days. Some companies have dressing code which is normally stated in their job offer letter. So, read through your job offer letter to find out if there is anything like a job offer.

Understand the assignment given to you

Definitely, your employer or supervisor will welcome you and then assign you some job to do. You have to listen very well to your manager or supervisor when he or she is giving you works to be done. Make sure that you understand it very well. If you don't understand anything, it is important that you ask for clarification. It is better to ask for clarification than to what you think your manager say only to be discovered that you have done the wrong thing. You should make sincere effort to avoid making any mistake on your first day in office. Remember that first impression matters a lot. So, aim at creating the best impression. However, don't try to do the impossible in order to impress your supervisor. You should try to be realistic about your ability and what you can do in a day.

Don't be afraid to ask question

You should not have any fear in you especially when it comes to asking questions about the job. Find out from your supervisor how to communicate with him or her. However, you should try to be creative and not turning to your supervisor on everything. You can only run to him if you are not able to do anything.

Relate very well with other employees

You should be cheerful and social. Don't be so mean and concentrate so much on your new job post that you cannot say hi or exchange pleasantries with other employees. You are now part of them and so you have to join them in exchanging pleasantries. In this way, you will be completely part of them.  

Preparing for an Interview: What to Do Before the Interview

 

If you are a job seeker and you have applied for jobs in many establishments, you will be expecting to be called for interview. Most employers don't hire workers unless they interview them by themselves or hire experts to interview the applicants for them. The reason for the interview is to find out what the applicants will be able to offer or whether the applicant is suitable for the post applied for. Interview is also organized in order to enable the employer to select the best applicants. Given this, if you have applied for a job, it is important that you prepared very well for the interview so that you will be among those that will be selected after the interview. There are a lot of things that you should do if you are looking to attend an interview. Here, we will concentrate on what you should do before an interview. Here are important things to do before an interview.

Take time to research the organization and the available post

It is important that you research the organization or business that will interview you as well as the role or post you applied for. Knowing this will enable you to determine whether it is a type of job you will do and whether the business or organization is the type of business that you will like to work in. If the role does not match with your aspiration or does not suit the type of job you will like to take, then you should consider looking elsewhere.

How does your experience fit the organization and job

Each job requires certain skills and experience. Now that you have known about the role you will play, the next thing that you should find out is whether your experiences and skills fit the role or not. If your skills and experience fit the role, then you can proceed with the next step. But if it does not fit it, it is an indication that you may not derive job satisfaction from the job or that you will find it difficult coping with the job.

Do a thorough research on your job sector's trends and current affairs

Before you go for an interview, it is necessary that you know about the trend in the job sector you applied for as well as the current affairs. It is important that you know about the job sector and current affairs because you may be asked some questions about the sector and happenings in it. So, if you know much about it, you will not be taken by surprise during the interview should the interviewer decides to ask you questions relating to the job sector or current affairs.

Think about the likely questions the interview will ask

Before you sit for an interview, think about the likely questions that the interviewer may ask and then try answering them or looking up for the answer. You may ask your friends who are already in the labor market the questions they were asked during their interview. 

You should also try to find out the form the interview will take. Will it be oral interview only or are you going to do some writing? Are you going to be interviewed by one person or a group of interviewers or a panel? Knowing this will also help you to prepare and dispose yourself mentally. For example, if you know that you will appear before a panel, you will be disposed for that. The revise will be the case if you are expecting to be interviewed by one person.

 

Other things to take into consideration are

  • How to get to the interview venue? It is important to be on time to the venue.
  • What to wear? Check you wardrobe and bring out the best clothe suitable for interview. Suits and business clothes are most suitable for interviews.
  • Go to bed earlier on the interview day so that you will be able to wake up on time and be there on time.