The First 90 Days: Making a Strong Impression During Onboarding

The first few months at a new job provide endless opportunities to build relationships, demonstrate your skills, and make a positive impact. During those first 90 days, your new manager watches you closely, ensuring they make the right decision when hiring you. It’s time to make a strong impression. Here are some tips and strategies to ensure your onboarding is successful.

Understand Job Expectations

The first 90 days are considered a probation period, so your manager will observe you to determine your effectiveness in your new role. If you don’t already have it, ask for an overview of your role and a job description. This will tell you what is required of you and how your role supports your new team members.

Keep track of your questions and meet with your manager to discuss them. Clarify your goals for the first 30, 60, and 90 days. Also, discuss how your performance will be evaluated and whom you can contact at work for guidance.

Demonstrate Your Skills

You were hired because the interviewer noticed your skills, education, experience, and collaboration ability. Your first three months on the job are your chance to demonstrate those qualities that got you there in the first place. Review the job description and use it as a guide to highlight your characteristics and skills.

If you aren’t sure which skills will matter most, ask. Showing enthusiasm for your new job and demonstrating a desire to impress and succeed always makes a good impression.

Build Your Network

Expanding your network is simple if you’ve been promoted within your current workplace. In a new company, it takes a bit more effort. Start by asking your manager for the names of key people with whom you should build connections. Also, take time to find out how people communicate within your new team.

Build Good Habits, Break Bad Habits

A new stop isn’t just the next step in your career path; it’s a fresh start. We all develop habits during our careers, good and bad, and the onboarding period is an opportunity to weed out bad habits and attitudes that could hold you back. Think about your brand and how you want to be recognized and remembered in the company, then choose the behaviors and habits that will ensure you are judged the way you want to be.


The first 90 days at a new job are eventful and meaningful. Focus your energy on making a good impression and reminding your manager why they hired you in the first place. Not only will you ensure a good onboarding period, but you’ll build a strong foundation for your time with the company.

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