Whether you’re joining a team of five or fifty, being the newbie can be rather daunting and introductions can be difficult. However, properly introducing yourself is a very important step in building both professional and personal relationships with your co-workers and the fastest route to an awkward early relationship with a colleague is a botched introduction.
It can help to take the time to plan an appropriate self-introduction to ensure a positive first impression.
Before your first day, take the drive or ride to your new workplace as you would be doing every day. This will give you a chance to make yourself aware of any possible problems which could occur and result in you being late. Plot your journey to get you to the new office at least 10 minutes early, so you aren’t rushing through the door.
Workplaces have very different dress codes and it pays to take the time to find out what is expected. If your new role is office based, it is relaxed, business casual or strictly professional? If you are working in a warehouse or factory environment, do you require certain footwear?
Request a round of introductions
Don’t be afraid to ask to be introduced to people, casually asking your supervisor if they have ten minutes for a quick round of introductions can help to eliminate any future awkwardness.
You will already have lots to take in on your first day so don’t be afraid to ask for names if one has slipped your memory!
Prepare Your Introduction
Even if an introductory email has already been sent out to the team, having an introduction speech prepared can help with any nervousness you may be feeling on your first day.
Take a minute to think about how you would like to come across, taking into consideration the environment that you will be joining – are they more relaxed or formal?
Your introduction should be pretty simple: don’t forget to include your name and the role that you are taking on. It can also be worthwhile sharing some background information on your career (such as, where you last worked and what you did there).
You may also be asked more personal questions about your hobbies and interests so have some examples prepared!