Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job
Starting a new job can feel both exciting and intimidating. It’s a fresh start in a new environment but with that comes a learning curve and transition period. While (hopefully) your new employer has an onboarding program in place to help train and get you prepared to be fully successful in your new role, you should also do some homework and preparation on your end. Asking these questions during your first week will not only help you have a smoother transition but will show your manager you’re serious about the role and are committed to being successful in the position.
What Are My Priorities and Duties for the First 90 Days?
You want to have a clear idea of what is expected of you during your first 3 months at the new company. For a lot of companies, they provide training during the first week/month depending on the job role to help you get ramped up. After that, it may be off to the races. For your peace of mind, get the timeline so you know what to expect in the months ahead.
How Often Do You Have Performance Reviews/Provide Feedback?
One important question to ask during your first week is regarding the company’s process/timeline for providing performance reviews. For instance, is it a yearly performance review, or would your manager provide regular informal reviews to help you gauge how well you’re doing and any areas you can improve upon? Especially early on when you’re learning the role, you may see if it’s possible to get more frequent feedback to help you be as successful as possible.
How Do You and the Team Prefer to Communicate?
In today’s hybrid and remote work environments, your manager’s preferred communication method is an important question to ask. Every office has a different communication style; some remote/hybrid teams frequently interact via group chats while others in the office may have daily or weekly in-person meetings. Ask this question and find out exactly how your co-workers and management interact so you can be prepared.
What Meetings Should I Have on My Calendar?
Some managers are more prepared for new hires than others, so it’s a good idea to double-check and make sure you’re attending all important meetings that are relevant to your job. The company may have all-hands meetings once a month, and different department meetings weekly. Additionally, some meetings may be required while others are optional. Confirm with your new manager which meetings you should be attending and get them on your calendar.