Starting a new role is exciting, but it is important not to get caught up in the moment and forget to make a good first impression with your new team. The way you’re dressed, how you speak, and your overall attitude will have a big impact on how others perceive you. Presenting yourself in an accurate light from day one can set you up for a successful stint (or future) at the new job.

A Good First Impression Matters

With any new role, there will be new challenges, responsibilities, and tasks. Learning new systems, processes and skills combined with meeting new people might bring stress, however, showing that you can keep a positive attitude is a strong ‘plus’ as far as your new teammates are concerned. We have created a quick list of other things to consider before you walk in the door, not all are relevant in every place, but all are worth being aware of.

Arrive Prepared

Prep is everything. Before your first day, spend some time understanding the company’s culture, values, and recent achievements. This not only equips you with conversation starters but also demonstrates your interest in becoming a part of the team.

Dress to Impress

Your clothes often act as a non-verbal cue, communicating professionalism and attention to detail, or anything else you wish to put out there. Going for something that aligns with the company’s dress code while ensuring comfort and confidence in your appearance is a low-key flex. This balance shows respect for both personal and organisational standards without compromising you as a person.

Ooze Confidence

Confidence is contagious and sets the tone for interactions. A firm handshake, steady eye contact, and a warm smile can solve many uncomfortable introductions. Remember, confidence does not mean arrogance; instead, it’s about presenting oneself as approachable and poised.

Active Listening

In conversations, the ability to listen actively is invaluable. It shows respect for your colleagues’ perspectives and a readiness to collaborate. By focusing on understanding rather than responding, you develop an atmosphere of mutual respect from the beginning.

Be Mindful of Body Language

Non-verbal communication speaks louder than words. Maintain an open posture and avoid crossing arms to appear more receptive. Mirroring the body language of your conversation partner can also subtly enhance connectivity and understanding.

Professional Etiquette

Acknowledging everyone from the receptionist to the CEO with the same level of courtesy shows a respectful and inclusive attitude. Such behaviour not only reflects well on you but also strengthens team dynamics.

Offer Genuine Compliments

When appropriate, offer sincere compliments to your new colleagues. This could relate to their work, the office environment, or any aspect that genuinely impresses you. Authentic appreciation can be a powerful icebreaker and foster positive relations. As a challenge to yourself, try actively looking for something to comment on.

Ask Insightful Questions

Demonstrate your eagerness to learn and integrate by asking thoughtful questions about your role, the team’s objectives, and how you can contribute to success. Inquiring about the company’s challenges and how you can assist in addressing them shows proactive engagement.

Embrace Feedback

Be open to constructive feedback and view it as an opportunity to grow and adapt to your new environment. Responding to feedback with gratitude and a willingness to learn demonstrates humility and a commitment to excellence.

Maintain Consistency

Consistency in your professional demeanour, work ethic, and interaction with colleagues will solidify the positive impression you’ve created. Consistently displaying your best qualities ensures that your first impression evolves into a lasting reputation of reliability and professionalism.

First impression do matter

Get to Know Your Co-workers! Minimum-level first impression stuff

When you meet new people, it can often be hard to remember everyone’s names. Reading your team’s bios on the company website in advance will help you to get a general idea of who each person is and what they do. Either way, learn each person’s role in your team and get to know them. Something as simple as grabbing a coffee with your team on your lunch break can make you feel more comfortable and familiar with each person.


Before you begin a new role it’s good practice to reflect on how others may perceive you from the way you speak, dress and approach other people. With any new role, remember to be yourself. People will respect you if you’re honest, transparent, and present your likeable personality upfront. If you need any more advice on how to leave a good first impression or have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our expert Recruiters at Sourced.



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