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The Five Questions Every New Employee Should Ask on Their First Day

Knowledge is power, so you might as well start flexing your muscles on the first day. Meghan Casserly of Forbes recommends asking five key questions to get started on the right foot at a new job. First, ask what to expect for reviews and evaluations, both in terms of frequency and criteria measured. Second, ask about office politics—who you should know, who to avoid, etc. Next, ask if there is anything weird about procedure and processes that you ought to know. Then inquire about availability and flexibility, so you know whether or not it would be weird if you popped in a whole minute past 9:00am. Lastly, ask what happened to the person who had the job before you. Hopefully that person made a leap up the corporate ladder, because it does not bode well for you if the answer you receive is, “Oh, Herb? He had a nervous breakdown. In the very seat you sit in, as a matter of fact!”

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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