You can't get over the initial bout of excitement when you get a phone call telling you "You're hired." That instant euphoric tingle you get in your heart, the indomitable drive that makes you think you can do something great. That rush of adrenaline where you just feel you're untouchable. Well it is a pretty good feeling until you actually go to the office and it's your first day. You can imagine innumerable scenarios of entering the office, with the crowd erupting in applause as they welcome you in. Pats on the back, high fives and swoons of admiration guiding you in since obviously you're the chivalrous new guy who is debonair and cool AF!
Well snap back to reality because that ain't happening anytime soon. You're most certainly not the cool one, no one really cares that you're here and it is just an encounter of mutual awkwardness, long pauses and interminable silence. Let us list down the fifteen things that you experience on your first day at a new job.
Your awkward entry and introduction
This is by far the most awkward bit! You're sort of put on display where you get to introduce yourself and all eyes are fixated on you. You can feel the curiosity driven probing glances scanning you from head to toe.
Obviously you're new and don't know anyone so it takes time to break the ice and get comfortable but sitting there in silence looking at busy people grappling to finish their work makes you want to slouch in your chair and hide.
The mandatory small talk
You're mostly at a loss for words since you don't know anyone. If talking isn't your strength then you're doomed.
Trying to show others you're working
Obviously you can't sit idle all day long so you try to show you're doing something.
Learning about the company
You don't want to look stupid if people come up and start asking about aspects of the organization they assume you know, so you read up on the company.
Departmental meetings and orientation
Since you're the newbie, you are made to sit down with each department and have to listen to monotonous monologues of what they do and yet again introduce yourself.
To order lunch or bring it from home?
You don't know what the drill is, do we order lunch, and do they bring it from home? And so you awkwardly wait till someone floats the question.
Dealing with your boss
You're introduced for the first time and you don't know what to say since it's all so formal. Also, since you're keen on making an impression you don't want to say anything that can be off putting.
You don't have a place to sit
The worst part is taking a seat only to find out you're sitting on someone else's. You're like a drifter who moves from one place to another.
You don't want to be the first one to leave
Since you mostly observe on the first day, you certainly don't want to be the first to scurry off home. Having done nothing all day, you wait with bated breath to just leave.
You can't remember people's names
Talking to people and not knowing what to call them or addressing them with the wrong name just makes things plain awkward.
You try not to say too much for fear of being judged
Staying mum is the path to take. You can't let the cat out of the bag on the very first day.
The day literally does not end
Sitting at the office doing nothing, reading boring company presentations, pretending you're doing something meaningful and just waiting to go home is just IT.
You've dressed too formally
You turn up dressed in a suit only to find out everyone's wearing trousers and casual attire.
You're the center of all attention
Being the newbie it is fairly obvious you'll be scrutinised from head to toe from all the other employees. Oh we all do it.