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Asked by Jenna on November 3, 2017

I was just hired and was wondering if you have any advice on what I should expect on my first day? How should I prepare?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on November 20, 2017

Your first day is usually full of information. You'll learn a lot about the organization, the department in which you'll be working, and about your team. I would be sure to bring a notebook. You will likely go through new hire paperwork (be sure to bring your license and social security card) and then go meet with your manager. You'll probably get set up with your computer and log-in information. I would say go in open minded, as you never know who you'll meet or what you'll be pulled into. Good luck!

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Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on November 21, 2017

Congrats on your new position! During the first day, you will usually spend the morning meeting your team and finishing up any onboarding that needs completed. Usually the first day/week is when you also complete any required company trainings. I would mentally prepare that you might be introduced to a lot of people the first day...but don't worry, there will not be a quiz on names at the end of the day. Usually the first day is pretty easy, but also be inquisitive and take advantage of the time you have with each person you may sit with.

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Answered by Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on December 1, 2017

Most first days consist of meeting a lot of people and taking in a lot of information! You will probably attend orientation your first day to learn about the company policies, culture, benefits, etc. This is a great time to ask questions about your benefits or any other questions you may have about being an employee of your company. At orientation you will learn about any compliance training's your company may require you complete. The rest of the day will probably consist of meeting the people you will be working with and getting to know your new environment. I think the best way to prepare is just to get a good night's sleep and be ready to put your best foot forward. Good luck with your first day! 

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