Make a Good Impression On Your New Boss

It's important to make a good first impression on your new boss.

Whether you're just beginning a career in business or are a veteran of the industry, making a good first impression on a new boss can be a key component of your success. Studies show that people make major decisions about new acquaintances within the first seven seconds of meeting, which means that getting things off on the right foot is paramount. Worried about meeting the new boss? Follow these tips for success:

1. Say it with a smile
Smiling not only projects positivity, it also shows that you are friendly and approachable. While this is by no means a suggestion to be overly friendly, smiling when you meet your new boss will show that you are confident and will lay the foundations for a good working relationship.

2. Do your research
Just as you did before your interview, it's a good idea to do some preliminary research about your new boss or manager so you know what to expect. Don't get too invested in the process, but try to find out what you can about management style, past employers and what talents he or she brings to the company.

3. Ask questions
While you may be tempted to keep quiet for fear of presenting the wrong impression, your new boss will likely appreciate you asking questions and engaging him or her in conversation. Make sure your eagerness to learn is visible, and that your boss is able to see that you are truly invested in the success of the company. Just don't forget to spend some time listening as well!

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online bachelor degree programs in business and online MBA programs. To find out more, please visit

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