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10 questions to get noticed as a job starter
A new job presents a number of hurdles. You want to look good early on and make the best possible impression. With these ten questions you can show interest and prove your work ethic on the very first day.
Questions as a good basis on the first day in the new job
The first day at the new job: nervousness can happen. Because the office and colleagues are new, you first have to get used to routines, etc. And of course you want to give the impression of a good employee right from the start. You certainly have a number of options for doing this. On the one hand, wearing appropriate clothing is beneficial, on the other hand, punctuality and commitment are important. These are points that can also be applied to a job interview.
Just like in this one, however, you should also be open and ask questions. With a few questions you can also collect plus points from your employees and superiors, because they show productive curiosity and a healthy work ethic. Sarah Sipek has put together ten such questions at CareerBuilder.
1. What should I focus on today, what is expected of me?
A basic question that is important for you and your superiors or employees. If it is clear from the start what you should do on a day - especially the first - then you will avoid periods of hesitation. In addition, the expectations of you are clear if you explicitly ask about them. These questions can also be used to indicate your ability to submit to the office as a new member. Don't be afraid to ask more questions in this direction if you don't know exactly what to do.
If the answer to this question is what you want, so much the better. If she does not do that, this can also be addressed on occasion.
2. Who should I get to know first?
Some people in the company may be more important to you than others. You may already know your supervisor or mentor on the first day. But it doesn't hurt to ask who else could be especially important to you. Knowing the management is certainly an advantage. For example, if you are responsible for content creation, the web designer is also a contact person who should at least be known by name.
In many companies, however, it should still be extremely beneficial to know the people in the secretariat or in the administration. The next question also helps.
3. What's your name / what's your name?
Learning names is not that easy. That's why you should start early and make a few connections right away. However, pay attention to whether the Duzen is common or not. Often, direct colleagues will offer you, more often depending on the industry. If you know a lot of names and positions early on, you can also refer to these people more quickly in emails and phone calls or include them directly. In addition, with these questions you ensure that the employees also remember you.
4. To whom do I report on my work (and who if that someone is not there)?
For you as a new employee, it is important to know who is looking at your work, perhaps evaluating it. So make it clear as early as possible who you should report to or whom you should contact if you have problems with the task field or would like to be assigned new tasks.
Of course, this form varies greatly depending on the industry. Nevertheless, it is good to have a reference person for this potential “reporter” - and another person who steps in when the former is not on site or cannot be reached. For example, if you are creating image or text content, you can forward it directly to such a person and move on to the next task. So this question represents a certain positive attitude towards work.
5. How am I rated or criticized?
You can prove your professionalism with another question about your work. Because you probably want to know how your work is criticized or how it is discussed. Perhaps your supervisor would like you to give a presentation after a project is over, which is then evaluated in the meeting. Then you can adjust to it and at the same time experience transparency with regard to the evaluation. In addition, your superiors will notice that you are giving some thought to the effect and thus the value of your work.
6. What are the preferred communication channels in the office?
Skype or Facebook, email or a personal conversation? A valid question. You better ask about it on the first day. You may be sitting in an office with several colleagues and they will be annoyed at work if you keep calling out your questions, suggestions, etc. If you then immediately find out that there is a Facebook group for this, for example, or that Skype is preferred, then you can adjust accordingly.
It is also interesting to find out whether, for example, your boss is interested in regular personal discussions about work or whether he prefers an update by email. With a question in this direction, you can quickly get on the same wavelength as your colleagues; and ask further questions via one of these channels if necessary.
7. What does this acronym, this name mean?
It is very important for you to know what certain abbreviations or acronyms and terms mean in your new employer. Because there may be acronyms used internally, which are likely to evoke completely different meanings outside of the company. Therefore it is important for you to be able to resolve them immediately. Otherwise, you may be misunderstood.
In addition, it is advantageous to inquire about the meanings of different terms or similar that appear Spanish to you. This shows you your commitment to get involved directly and you can also optimize your work processes. In addition, your employees can quickly build on your understanding of internal customs. This also means that you shouldn't shy away from questioning supposedly simple terms or acronyms, especially on the first day of your new job. Nobody will hold that one question offended, but if you don't ask at all and therefore make mistakes, that's more of a problem.
8. Is there any further education or training that I can / should attend?
This question in turn shows that you want to train yourself for your new job. Your employer can tell from this that you are willing to learn or improve and that you also have initiative. You can find out for yourself where your superiors see some catching up to do and what options are offered to you to counteract this. In addition, such questions can be used to define expectations more clearly.
9. What time and how long is the lunch break?
Another simple question. But it can save you from inconvenience. Because maybe it didn't matter when you went to lunch at your previous employer, but now there is a certain period of time. And the length may also vary. Just ask your colleagues about the guidelines and stick to them. Usually the times are quite flexible. But it would be annoying to be the only one back to work late in the first week.
10. Where is the bathroom?
This is a basic question and is representative of others, such as “Where is the kitchen?” Etc. It is to be hoped that you will be shown the location directly. But you can use the questions about the important rooms to signal that you want to feel good quickly. And employees who feel good usually also work more effectively.
On the other hand, what can the employer do to look good with his employees?
All of these questions or similar questions can help you on the first day of your new job to show yourself from an interested and committed side. In an appealing infographic from OfficeVibe, DesignTAXI has provided what employers can do to motivate their employees - even beyond the first few days.
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