There are ways you should (and shouldn’t) prepare yourself for your first day in the office.
Congrats on landing the internship! Most of the hard work is done now, but you’re entering tricky territory. Between the day you get the job and your first day of work, you’ll have lots of unanswered questions and potentially awkward situations. Read on for HC’s dos and don’ts for your pre-internship puzzles.
• DO ask important logistical questions
Now that you have the job, it’s OK to ask questions that aren’t acceptable in an interview setting.
Chrystal Stanley, a Professional Career Development and Academic Achievement Coordinator at Drake University, suggests asking what time you need to arrive, if you have a desk and how much time you get for lunch. This way you can plan out your day: If you don’t have a desk to leave your purse at, stash it in the trunk of your car. Not enough time to go out for lunch? Pack it instead.
• DON’T email your employer every day
Your employer is a busy person, so you don’t want to bombard her with daily or weekly emails asking questions. While keeping in touch is important, you don’t want to be a nuisance. “If there are questions you need to ask before you start, I would encourage you to ask as many as you can during that initial phone call where they offer you the job,” says Stanley. Then, if you have any additional questions, send them all in one email a few weeks before your first day.
• DO connect with your employer and the company online
If you haven’t already, connect with your future co-workers on LinkedIn and follow them on Twitter. Social media can keep you connected without feeling like you’re interrupting their day with emails and phone calls. Similarly, following the company on Twitter and liking its Facebook page can help you stay up-to-date on company happenings. Plus, employers like interns who know their way around social media.
• DON’T put your job in jeopardy with poor social media decisions
We all know to keep our Twitter and Facebook profiles clean and professional. If you’re worried about friends posting inappropriate photos of you, keep your profile private and don’t friend your future coworkers.
“If your employer discovers something on social media that makes them uncomfortable hiring you, they have the right to recall the position,” Stanley says. “But most of the time, that’s not going to happen.”
• DO reach out to current or former interns
If your internship office is close by, ask your employer if you can shadow a current intern for the day, Stanley suggests. The intern can give you a tour and show you what kind of work you’ll be doing, which can calm those first-day nerves. Reaching out to former interns can work, too. They might be able to answer your questions even better than current interns.
To find out three more things to do after accepting an internship, read the full article here.
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