I am a candidate

A successful trial period

You have just signed your work contract, you know how long your trial period will be and you are about to start off in your new position. Giving your best is the key to success in a new job, whether it is temporary or permanent. It is essential to find your bearings fast in order to be quickly job-ready and to easily integrate into the new team. Keeping in mind a few elements will allow you to start in the best conditions.

Be a reliable and engaged employee!

This will show your supervisor that your job is important to you.

Ask questions.

If your tasks or responsibilities are not clear, ask your supervisor for clarification. What is expected of you? What are your objectives? Are there any deadlines to observe? It is always better to ask questions than to move into the wrong direction or have to apologize later on.

Be open and communicate.

Let your supervisor know how your work is progressing and regularly ask for feedback.

Value the company of your new colleagues.

Get to know them, remember their names and positions. Join them at the cafeteria during the coffee break and introduce yourself. Your professional evolution also depends on maintaining good relationships with both coworkers and supervisors. However, try to remain on the professional level. As the newcomer, try not to participate in office gossip.

Observe the culture of the company.

Anything that is not written down in the company’s code of conduct belongs to the unwritten corporate culture or philosophy. Assimilate it promptly to integrate easier and faster (dress code, break organization and duration, meeting scheduling, replacements, etc.).

Be a team player.

Be available and helpful if somebody needs your assistance. Chances are you will eventually use a return of favor. Also, do not hesitate to ask for advice and solicit somebody’s help.

Be diplomatic during meetings or work sessions.

At the very beginning, it is better to observe how people interact within the team. Listen carefully and step in only when asked to or if you think your intervention is particularly relevant. Always express your ideas tactfully.

Be self-assured, confident and positive

  • Your future is in your hands.

  • You know what your employer expects from you and you have the resources needed to achieve and even exceed your objectives.

  • Think enthusiasm, energy and excellence.

  • Each job should help you sharpen your skills and acquire new ones.

  • Believe in yourself.

  • Create opportunities for yourself.

  • Document your accomplishments.

  • Look on the bright side.

  • Think of changes as opportunities.

  • Never stop learning and engage in vocational training.

  • Know what the words “success” and “accomplishment” mean for you. How high do you set the bar?