First Day Jitters – Life in Motion



The interview was a success and you will join the team of executives. The interview was grueling but you understood what was at stake. The organization is fiercely competitive and they only want the best.

Two weeks go by like a flash. Then, you get the call that will change your life.

Wooohoooo, you got the job!

Your first steps are to acknowledge that you are thrilled about the prospect of joining the team and to thank them for the opportunity. Ensure the “voice” in your letter maintains the professional quality you have nursed during the process. Excitement turns to anxiety as the days quickly pass.

The day is now here and as you get dressed, you rehearse in your head, different scenes, from orientation to meeting with the employees. Nothing seems to flow, so the mirror becomes your testing ground. How funny it would be if someone were to see and hear you carry on a full conversation with no one else in the room but your own image? But if it helps you relax, go for it!

Stepping into the unknown can be a nerve-wracking experience for many. Change disrupts that comfort zone and raises expectations about things that are unfamiliar. But there are ways to reduce the tension that accompanies life altering decisions. Your experiences count and you are sitting on a treasure trove of best practices that can help you order your steps. How about that? Simply put, those set of experiences are available to you and all you have to do is to engage the self.

On that first day, you will want to:

  • Be punctual and smartly dressed. 15 minutes before work is not a bad deal.
  • Wear your smile. Not the kind that scares people away from you.
  • Greet each member you meet (from the grounds-keeper to the CEO) with a positive demeanor.
  • Be observant, taking into account the power dynamics within the organization. Being in tune with the “buzz” around you will help you discover the norms that pervade the enterprise.
  • Be polite. In hostile work environments, team members may want to test your mettle and may goad you into a response that cripple your efforts in the future.

The tips above, which are surely not exhaustive,  should help you step with aplomb as you enter a new and exciting phase in your professional life.

All the best!

© Suzette Henry-Campbell 2014



  1. Great tips for the first day of work!

  2. Gede Prama

    Thank you for sharing this article quite interesting and, hopefully true happiness rays began to warm our hearts, when we can share it with sincerity. Greetings from Gede Prama 🙂

    • Hi Gede, I am happy you stopped by my blog. My goal is to use the experience gained in HR to help others. My idea of paying it forward. 🙂

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