The fastest route to awkward early relationships with colleagues at work is a botched first introduction.
Taking the time to plan out an appropriate, confident self-introduction can help to impress management, warm your new colleagues up and form lasting friendships.
Here’s how to introduce yourself in a new job and some extra steps you can take to ensure an easy transition.
1. Perfect an introduction speech about yourself before your first day
Even if an introductory email has been sent to the company, having a great introduction speech under your belt can help to fend off first day nerves.
The night before your first day, take a minute to think about how you’d like to come across and how this will impact the way you introduce yourself to new colleagues. Take your cue from the environment you’ll be transitioning into. Are they more relaxed or more formal?
Tailor your approach to suit the company style, remembering to include your name, job title and where you worked previously.
You may also be asked to give some background information on your career and to share your hobbies or interests, so have some examples prepared!
2. Get ahead with a seating chart or organisation chart
Many businesses provide organisation charts or seating plans along with their welcome literature.
Be sure to keep a copy close to hand, so you can link names to faces easily and can locate where each team sits within the office.
If you didn’t receive one, try requesting a copy from HR—they’re worth their weight in gold!
3. Request a team introduction
Did you find yourself plopped down at your desk without the offer of a proper introduction?
You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for one—grab a quiet minute with your manager and ask to be properly introduced to the team.
Where possible, it’s better to meet each colleague one by one. This eliminates any future awkwardness and gives you a chance to repeatedly practice how to introduce yourself to a new team.
4. Extend your introductions to other teams
You’ll be working with other teams and employees at some point during your tenure, so get things off on the right foot by going out of your way to meet everyone.
You can ask to be formally introduced to the various teams related to your role or take it upon yourself to make the introductions.
It’s also a good idea to be friendly and forthcoming with everyone you meet—you never know who you might be talking to!
Extra tips for how to introduce yourself
Don’t be afraid to ask for names
You’ll have enough to remember on your first day, without having to worry about people’s names, too. If someone’s name has slipped your memory, don’t be afraid to ask them again—they might have forgotten yours too!
Shake hands and use ‘open’ body language
Your body language says a lot about your character and how you feel at any given moment. The same is true of meeting people for the first time.
Avoid crossing your arms or putting your hands on your hips and opt for a friendly handshake and some eye contact to show you’re receptive and approachable.
It's okay to feel a little nervous about starting a new job, but if you take the right steps on your first few days, the remaining days to come will be walk in the park.
To find out more about making a good first impression in a new role or to find your next professional opportunity, contact the Robert Half team today.