So you’ve found an internship, interviewed for it, gotten an offer, and arranged your housing. Congratulations are in order! Now comes the part you’ve been waiting for: your first day on the job. Your mind is probably a whirlwind right now!
What should I expect? Will my boss like me? Am I in way over my head? Will the food in the cafeteria be any good?
Okay, so maybe that last one doesn’t go through everybody’s head, but hey, it’s important stuff! Anyway, on the first day of my internship, I was just worried about giving off a good first impression. I wanted to show my supervisor that she made the right decision in hiring me.
Sadly, there’s no exact science to this. Some people are harder to please than others. Others aren’t that interested in getting to know their interns on a personal level. The only thing you can do is put your best foot forward and show them what you got! So without further ado, here are a few ways that you can make a good first impression at your internship!
Make sure you have all the information you need before going in
Leading up to the first day of your internship, you should be in contact with the HR coordinator at your company. Ask them for information on dress code, what business hours are, what you should bring on the first day, and all that good stuff.
By knowing all the details before even starting, you’ll definitely impress your employer!
Dress for success!
Once you know the dress code, you’ll be able to decide what to wear on the first day. I’ll give you a hint: wear something that fits the dress code and makes you feel like a straight up badass at the same time.
If you can, try dressing to the aesthetic of the company. For instance, if you’re working at a finance firm, wear a power suit. However, if you’re working at Ralph Lauren, amp your prep level up a few notches. It won’t go unnoticed!
Get to know your supervisor and team you’ll be working with
I’m lucky enough to have an internship where my department is very open with each other, relatively young, and where everyone has similar interests. Every once in awhile, someone will bring up something pop culture related and work pauses for a few minutes while we all chime in our opinions. Just yesterday we were talking about the Queen and her fashion choices. The day before was all about Bella Thorne and Scott Disick dating.
I realize that not everyone works in an environment such as this, but there are still things you can do in order to get to know people better! Ask if anyone wants to get coffee with you, small talk during downtime, etc.
Nothing says “mind overload” better than a first day at a new job. You’re getting introduced to everyone, having a tour of the place, learning the ins and outs of the company, and trying to process everything getting thrown at you. Your supervisor doesn’t expect you to get everything right off the bat. In fact, asking questions shows them that you listened and that you care. Showing that bit of initiative can really make a great first impression!
Do everything with a positive attitude
You will likely have to do things at your internship that don’t exactly thrill you to no end. That being said, you still have to do them, and it’s best to do so with a smile on your face. Not only will that show your supervisor that you’re willing to do the work, it will also portray you as a nice person to be around! (See point #3).
Those are my tips on how to make a fabulous first impression at a new internship (or any job really!). If any of you are starting new jobs soon, I wish you the best of luck! I also hope you found these tips helpful!
Do you have any tips on how to make a good first impression at a new job? Let me know in the comments!
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