The best way to set yourself up to meet—and exceed—your new boss’ expectations is to ask questions.
The first day at a new job can be overwhelming. You worked hard during the interview process to convince your employer you’re the best person for the position, but now it’s time to prove it. And the best way to set yourself up to meet—and exceed—your new boss’ expectations is to ask questions.
Here are the top 10 questions you should ask your new boss on your first day:
1. What should I focus on doing today?
It’s important for you and your manager to align on expectations immediately, says Joseph Liu, a career change consultant and host of the Career Relaunch Podcast. Don’t assume you fully understand your role and begin working on a project incorrectly—or sit idly by and wait for someone to tell you to work. Asking this question conveys to your manager that you respect his or her authority, you’re a team player and you’re ready to hit the ground running.