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What to do before the first day of a new job?

Here are some tips and tricks that may help you through the dreaded first day, to get on track and to quickly become part of the team!

Starting a new job is normally exciting but can often be daunting, you’re not alone, it’s definitely the same for everybody. As recruiters we felt it would be useful to put together a basic checklist for you, so you can focus on the excitement before starting your new job.


  • Start time (often this is different from the normal working hours so it is best to check)

  • Traffic (you probably attended your interview during the day, so please ensure you allow time for traffic – Google maps have a great tool where you can schedule start time)

  • Parking (If you will be driving, make sure you know where to park)

  • Dress code (by all means check this but our advice is that it’s better to over-dress – unless stated otherwise. For most office roles we’d recommend business attire on the first day)

What to take

  • Pen and notepad (most employers will give this to you but it’s best to take one)

  • Driving license/passport (again you have probably already provided this but it’s best to take on the first day – many employers need this to enrol you)

  • Bank Details (the account you would like your salary to be paid into)

  • Proof of national insurance number (ideally the card or if you do not have this a P45/P60)

  • Proof of address (some employers don’t ask for this but best to take)

  • Signed contract (if this has been sent you in advance, we’d always recommend reviewing and returning as soon as possible – if logistically this isn’t possible, definitely take a hard-signed copy on your first day)

What to do

  • Arrival time (just like an interview, our advice is to arrive between 19 and 11 minutes early)

  • First impression (like the interview, whilst the interviewer(s) will have met you, in many cases, your colleagues won’t have so it’s so important you make a great first impression. Our advice is to be as professional but friendly as possible in equal measure)

  • Lunch (unless stated otherwise, always take money for lunch and try to go for lunch with colleagues, or ask what they do. We understand the first day can be really full-on so sometimes it’s nice to have a break but in our experience, it’s best to quickly become part of the team)

  • Finish time (Different companies have different working cultures, but again our advice is to ensure you are not rushing out of the door on the first day; wait until you are advised to leave or indeed a few colleagues do – a few extra minutes on your first day will quickly show you are serious!)

  • Feedback (If you were placed via an agency, do make sure you let the agency know how you are getting on, we always love to hear!)

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