What To Do During Trial Period?

Let’s say you passed the job interview, you got hired and you are subject to a trial period. If you are here, at least in theory we presume you want this job and you’ll see in time if you will also like it.

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The manager’s goal is to choose and develop good people, who are motivated to stay with the company, so his life becomes easier and he delivers (at least) the expected results.

The employee’s goal is not get fired during the trial period.

Getting integrated into a new working environment is the most important stage of a new job. The employer has to be sure they made the right choice and thus will have his eyes on you the first three months.

As a rookie you must take into consideration the following:

  • Learn as quickly as possible what are your duties;
  • You hold responsibility for over 99% of what happens to you in the company;
  • Don’t put up a show, accommodation to the new team is just as important;
  • Provide answers to questions like why do you want the job and then how can you perform best at it;
  • Don’t try the ass-kissing approach, it doesn’t serve you, no matter whose ass we are talking about;
  • Try to figure out soon what is the organizational culture and adapt. When you visit another country you comply with the local rules and standards, without showing your home habits;
  • Be aware that no one will ask you nicely to do your job and there won’t be many people willing to offer support. It’s your responsibility and you have to worker harder than usual in this direction;
  • Ask questions about anything you are not familiar with. Don’t start scenarios in your head on the  objectives you think you may have;
  • Read and keep in mind as much as possible from the internal code of conduct and company policies;
  • Set up all the administrative details from the beginning: transport, access card (keys), lunch, breaks, the smoking (playing) area;
  • Don’t engage or intervene in interdepartmental conflicts;
  • Define clearly from the start who are the internal and external clients;
  • If no one tells you what to do, ask. You have to understand what is your role and how will it be evaluated;
  • Learn as much as possible about your employer. The more you learn, the better you’ll understand your role;
  • Don’t worry if you don’t achieve very quickly the same level of performance as your colleagues. It’s normal to be this way, they just need to see you are willing to learn, you develop and clearly have something in that head of yours;
  • Find out the pluses and minuses of the person holding the job before you;
  • Ask if it’s not given! Ask for feedback on your evolution, as much as you can;
  • Plan carefully your every week in the first three months, if your boss doesn’t show signs of interest, go to him and speak about this week’s assignments and about your plans for next week. Don’t try the cocky approach “Boss, check out my skills!”;
  • No matter the firm’s politics, don’t waste time on Social Media, except the case when this is precisely your job…;
  • No matter how often others take a break, don’t make any abuse in this direction;
  • Be on time. It doesn’t affect your beauty sleep if you get to the office early;
  • Talk to the manager so you understand what are his objectives. The sooner you help him reach his objectives and the team’s (yes, this is one of your objectives), the sooner he’d realize your actual potential. If he doesn’t talk to you, make another appointment;
  • Don’t be annoying;
  • Don’t be negative, other more experienced colleagues have this covered for sure 🙂 don’t let them influence you either;
  • Be ambitious;
  • Respect your promises;
  • Think about your boss as if he/she was a customer that has to be satisfied by your performance;
  • Take notes! A lot! Other than the fact that we are forgetful, you’ll receive a lot of information during the trial period and you may easily end up getting confused;
  • If you don’t remember the name and position of your co-workers, don’t worry, try to remember only those you interact more with. Remember the boss’s name, though;
  • Ask questions about the company jargon. Even if everyone seems to know what those bloody acronyms mean, doesn’t mean you should know them already;
  • Ask again what are the expectation from you, not only what is written in the job description;
  • Show respect if you want to be respected;
  • Expect some changes in your life, not necessarily bad ones;
  • Don’t pull everyone’s leg, but don’t be arrogant either;
  • Do more than it’s asked of you. If you need to provide three solutions and you come up with five (respecting the DEADline), it will help;
  • Show enthusiasm. If you don’t, you’ll become “toxic” in time;
  • Trust your colleagues, but be cautious;
  • If you make a mistake, talk to your boss immediately, no matter how serious is the mess you made. Don’t try to hide it under the carpet and learn from your mistakes;
  • If no mentor or a “buddy” is allocated, find one on your own quickly;
  • You have to show initiative, but not ostentatious, no need to change the world in a month;
  • Be proactive when it comes to the learning and training you are about to receive;
  • Work more than others, you have a lot to recuperate;
  • Don’t get involved in conflicts;
  • If you don’t like the job or the company, it’s best for both parties to let them know there is no match and try your luck someplace else;
  • Don’t ignore your personal life;
  • If you got here with the reading, not much left for you to do, your new job is easy – peasy and the tough part is just about to start.

Don’t forget that any beginning is hard, no matter on which side of the desk you are sitting, your employer has every interest in helping you integrate and perform.

Good luck succeeding!

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