You’ve accepted a new role at this fantastic company you can’t wait to start with. You’re eager to impress, and we guarantee that they’ll be eager to get you started.
However, you are also aware that you have a lot to learn about your new job.
Not just in the workload and training, but in building working relationships with your new colleagues and customers.
What start you have will certainly play a part in shaping your attitude towards your new job, and we know you’ll want to be a valued member of your company.
On the lead up to starting your new role, we’re sure our banking and financial recruitment company would be happy to help prepare you for your fresh start!
The first few weeks are critical as eight out of ten staff who leave their employer are new employees who feel they haven’t received sufficient training to effectively do their jobs.
This can often lead to them feeling out of place with their colleagues who may have been more adequately trained.
So without further ado, here are our top tips to help you integrate into your new team:

Get to know everyone

Seems pretty simple right?
By quickly working out which of your colleagues you will be working most closely with, you can start building strong relationships with those you work with.
You can also use this as an opportunity to find out how long everyone has been there for, the positions they’ve held, where they’ve worked in the past and, most importantly, what the hierarchy of your new workplace is.
When trying to find out any information about your work colleagues try and slip the questions you have into general conversation, rather than interrogating them on the spot.
People enjoy talking about themselves, so if you find that you have something in common with your colleagues, harder questions will be easier to work in.
We’d also recommend giving colleagues the chance to know you better by being clear about your own objectives, what you want to achieve in your career, or have already achieved, and of course, by greeting each person with a smile!
Smiling is always a great place to start when meeting your new team.

Find someone who knows their stuff

You’ve finished your training and basic introduction to your role…so what’s next?
It may be time to find someone who knows their stuff, or in other words, a mentor.
A mentor can not only help you settle into your role, but you can also make use of their knowledge.
They’ll be able to help you understand your new company’s culture and where you fit in with everyone else.

Involve yourself in activities

One of the big upsides of working in a team is the opportunity to socialise after the working hours.
Social events are a great way to show your colleagues that you’re a team player, plus they offer a great opportunity to meet everyone in an environment that’s away from the desk where they may be more relaxed.
However, make sure that you consider the ideal time to make an exit.
As social events go on, there is a greater chance for indiscretions, and the possibility for getting over familiar and saying something you’ll regret in the morning grows.
By socialising and being friendly, but leaving at the right time, it will help your reputation in the long run.
Even our team enjoys a good bit of socialising!

Know your limitations

It’s very easy to accidentally make your job harder by doing any of the following:

  • Going in with too many expectations

Be realistic about what you can achieve.
By having too many expectations you can easily set yourself up for failure, and also give your boss an expectation for unrealistic results.
The same goes for your colleagues opinions, if they’re expecting unrealistic results from the very start, make sure to address the issue quickly to ensure the workload isn’t going to be a problem.

  • Assuming you have all the answers

Make sure you take the time out to know the company well before assuming you have all the answers to a problem.
This also goes for any processes and tools the company you’re working with is using, before degrading any of these make sure you’re not accidentally talking badly of it to the person who designed it.
The last thing you want is to come across as arrogant and make a bad name for yourself.

  • Overdoing it

We know how tempting it can be to volunteer for…well…everything!
Take on what you can do well, and be realistic.
Leave elbow room for any mistakes or in case that job takes longer than you initially thought, and whatever you do, make sure you do it well.
Your boss should hopefully notice the effort you’re putting in.

Our final notes?

By showing how you are adding value to your team, you will find integrating a lot easier, so make sure to take time out to find out what your colleagues are good at and where you could help out.

The easiest way to earn your colleagues respect is always to be good at your job.

We know how hard it can be to fit in when you join a new company, but as long as you embrace your company’s culture as soon as possible, and seize opportunities to grow the company alongside your own abilities, the transition should be relatively quick and painless.
If you’re still looking for a role, remember you can speak to our finance and banking recruitment team about what role you may be best suited to.

A company is only as good as the employees who are in it.

That’s why it’s so crucial during the recruitment stage to find the right employee for the role you are advertising.
In our opinion recruiting and obtaining the right people in your business is just as vital as managing finances and generating sales.
So how exactly you can get most talented and most fitting candidates to walk through your door?
Are you struggling to hire your dream team?
Our banking and financial recruitment company has some tips on how to attract and find potential talent for your organisation.

Review your company’s approach and culture

In the process of finding new members of your team, it may be best to review how your current employees feel.
Ask your staff if they’re happy, if they need promotions, training, and if you’re rewarding them correctly.
Another thing you’ll want to find out is whether your company culture is positive or negative.
Companies often forget that when they’re recruiting candidates, another business is losing their staff, so to ensure your candidates are happy when they make the move, you need to communicate what you’re doing to keep your employees on board.
Make sure you’re an employer of choice, by identifying areas of improvement and developing your company’s brand.
When your internal culture and your business model is right, you’d be surprised by how quickly word of mouth spreads.
You want your company to be the place to work.
Your company culture should be a good place to start when recruiting new talent.

Clearly define the job role

There is a high possibility that you will need to promote your job outside of your company.
If this is the case, you’ll need to consider carefully what you’re going to include in your job description. If you’re using a banking and finance recruitment company (like ours) we’ll be able to help you with this step.
Make sure you’re clear about what you want, and what you’re going to offer.
Sell the job and the culture of your company.
After all, if your job description isn’t suitable, then it just won’t attract the high calibre candidates you’re looking for.

Communicate with your candidates

You can easily make better decisions about a person once you start to see how they respond to you or other leaders in the company.
After all most positions will require excellent people skills, and in a lot of cases communication can be assessed in the ability of your candidate to interact with you before, during and after the interview.
Key abilities to look out for include:

  • Being able to express themselves
  • Speed of responses
  • Proactive communication
  • Correspondence over email and phone

These abilities can signal how exactly this person may communicate with their colleagues and clients if joining your company.

Target the right candidates

Sometimes, in order to find the right candidates you need to find out where they are. This can be through researching which websites they use, or even which social media platforms they’ll be more commonly found on.
Our post on using social media during your job hunt can just as easily be referred to if you’re looking for new candidates.
However, there are also plenty of specialist organisations to help you with this area of your search. If you’re in banking and financial services, a recruitment company like this may be able to help.

Streamline your interview process

You’ve selected a number of candidates to go through to the next stage…the interview.
If you’ve made the effort to attract the right people to your company, now it’s even more crucial to ensure that the interview process is well prepared.
A good candidate can tell when an interview has been scrambled together.
If you’re the type of company that has had a history of running around to find someone to run an interview, it may be time to reconsider your method of interviewing.
We know that things can get busy, but it’s no excuse if you want the best candidates.
Our recommendation is to place your best employees in front of the candidates.
An interview runs both ways, and whilst they’ll need to stand out to join your company, you need to be selling your company, and your best people will do just that.
Woo new candidates on board!
Great team members show off how much they love your company and can bring fantastic candidates on board.

Trust your gut

On paper, your candidate appears to be just what you are looking for, but after that initial interview, if you have a feeling something isn’t quite right, we believe you should trust your gut.
The last thing you want is to hire an employee, with these doubts in mind, and be disappointed down the road in some aspect.

Our final notes?

If you keep these tips in mind when preparing to find the next additions to your team we believe that you’ll find a suitable candidate that’ll blow you away!
Looking to start your hunt for the next member of your company? Remember you can speak to our banking and financial services recruitment company about where you should start, and we can help recruit the best talent for your position.