First Impressions

Remember Names

People respond to the sound of their own name, and when you can address others personally, you make them feel important. Repeating a name immediately after hearing it, and using it in your conversation, will increase your ability to remember it, but the most important thing you can do to remember a name is to listen. Sometimes we are distracted or thinking about what we will say next and don’t really listen.

Make eye contact

Look at people when you say hello, and pay attention to their eye colour. When you look at someone long enough to remember the colour of their eyes, you allow enough time to make a connection.

Offer a firm handshake

Handshakes and introductions go hand in hand.

Be ready to introduce yourself…multiple times!

You’ll be meeting a lot of people on day one so be prepared to say who you are, your position title and your educational background.

Example: “Hi, I’m Jasdeep. I work in the Master Data Management department as a Quality Assurance Analyst. I’m studying Information Technology at York University.”


How to Survive Day One

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  1. Choose your first day outfit carefully
  2. Show up on time (10-15 minutes early)
  3. Be prepared to answer who you are, where you’re from and what you’re doing
  4. Do more listening than talking – try to remember names
  5. Introduce yourself to others
  6. Be prepared to ask someone to have lunch with you or bring a book
  7. Offer to help
  8. Don’t bring a present for your boss – it will seem like you are trying to get an advantage
  9. Don’t rush out at end of the day

What to Wear

Most workplaces are business casual. Look around at what other people are wearing for examples of dress code standards.

Some suggestions include:


  • Business dress with or without sweater/blazer
  • Skirt and blouse or sweater set
  • Dress pants with blouse or sweater set
  • Dress pants with sweater


  • Dress pants with shirt and tie
  • Dress pants with shirt, tie, and sweater
  • Dress pants, shirt, and sport coat
  • Dress pants with sweater