Congratulations on getting a job with an American company! After identifying my dream company, I successfully submitted my resume and completed several interviews. But now that you’ve landed your dream job, how can you be sure of success?
Before starting the first day, refresh your knowledge about the company by viewing the website and reviewing the latest news. Get a high-level understanding of your co-workers’ different roles, teams, and geographic distribution by studying your staff listings on the website or on LinkedIn.
, wall street journal best seller The Unspoken Rule: The Secret to Starting Your Career Right We encourage you to fill in the blanks for the following questions to understand how you fit into the wider organization.
[My employer/client] help [X people] to [do X thing] by [X methods].
Recently, [my employer] has been [pursuing X initiatives] to [accomplish X goals].
[My employer/client] compete with [X competitors] because [of X reasons].
with (n) [X position]i help [the team/department/company accomplish X goals].
Answer these questions before joining the team and after the first two weeks. You will discover the difference between interesting and informative answers from one set to the next.
meet your team
Once you join the company, reach out and get to know your teammates for additional connections, as well as formal interactions planned by HR. Schedule an informal discussion over coffee or chai to hear about their experiences, or take a short walk over coffee or lunch to gain insight into the organization’s practices. A small investment in a cup of chai can go a long way.
Your new colleague can provide you with information to help you do your job better or more efficiently, inform you about organizational politics, and help you understand how things work at work. This is especially useful if you can connect with colleagues outside of your direct team. This will give you a unique perspective on the organization as well as your direct team members.
A common mistake new hires make is finding cohorts by region, language, skill set, or area, and sticking to interactions within that group. By limiting themselves in their own way, employees do not benefit from the global or international culture that the company has to offer. Everyone has their own comfort zone or natural affinity group, but it’s important to leverage the global nature of your company. One suggestion is to reach out to co-workers (even those outside the team) from other locations with a “coffee chat,” a virtual version of the difference. If you can connect, check if you are using video.
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What would you like to do here?
When you meet with your manager, make sure you have clearly defined key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs set clear expectations between you and your manager and allow you to make your own decisions about how best to achieve those goals. This will help you understand exactly how you are being evaluated and help you better understand others in your organization who are working towards the same goals.
Recommendations for asking your manager the following questions during the first week:
“What do you think I have contributed or accomplished? What do you want to prioritize for the first month, quarter and year?”
“What are your top goals for the next month, quarter and year, and how can I help you?”
“What have the best performers done that I would also like to suggest to me to make your life easier?”
“How do you want to communicate and collaborate on a daily and weekly basis?”
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Finally, don’t be afraid to help the company grow and improve. Every multinational company wants its excellent Indian colleagues to feel respected and valued, but there can be cultural blind spots. We can help you solve the problem.
Do not hesitate for companies to bring their office environment and practices closer to local cultural norms in order to make you and your colleagues more comfortable. Your employer will thank you. Remember, great companies respect your “counterduties.”
Starting a new job can be daunting. This is especially true in companies with existing strong cultures or norms. Following the tips above can make an impact, reduce the stress of a new job, and give experienced employees a way to reset work goals. Recognize what you bring to the company, learn from your co-workers, and expect flexibility, and you will be successful in your new job.
The author is the Director of Corporate Strategy at MPOWER Financing.
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