Probationary period


You have signed your contract! You generally have three months to prove yourself. The fact that you were offered the job is a validation of your skills and abilities, but your success in the role depends on how quickly you integrate into the team. 

Here are some tips for a successful start to your new job:

  •  Get to know the company

In every business, there are things ​​that are not necessarily explicit, for example vocabulary (technical terms and abbreviations), code of conduct, discipline, etc. From the first day -even before if you can - try to identify what they are and incorporate them quickly.  If you don't, you may be seen as unable to cope or adapt.

  • Be humble

Your colleagues will not appreciate criticism from you early on.  Comments like, "In my previous job, we did it like this ...," or "I don't think this is being managed very well" are rarely heard in a positive way.

  •  Introduce yourself to others

Some organisations integrate new recruits well; others less so.  If you experience the latter, be careful not to become isolated or seen as withdrawn. Take the initiative and ask your boss to introduce you to everyone in the office, as well as to other departments.  And make the effort to introduce yourself to all your work contacts. 

  • Hit the ground running

Today organisations are looking for people to hit the ground running. This means they need to provide a lot of support in the first month to maintain the new employee's motivation and commitment.  It's worth reclarifying your job role and objectives with your line manager.  Bear in mind that the job description given to you at interview may not reflect accurately the job on the ground, so get clear on your priorities and make a plan of action to help you integrate quickly into the team.

  • Remain professional in your relationships

There is a happy medium between being over friendly and too reserved.  You are working in the same office not because you are friends, but because you are there to add value to the company.  However, you can be both friendly and professional. 

  • Speak up

After a few weeks, talk to your boss about how you are integrating into the team in terms of relationships and work.  Don't do this too early but, importantly, don't leave it too late - we recommend doing this about a month into the job.  If you're not meeting the requirements of the role, it's better to know this early on, so you can take steps to rectify the situation.