Prove What You Said

By Gerald Walsh ©

Starting a new job can be stressful but the transition does not have to be full of tension and anxiety. With careful planning and the right attitude, you can easily make a successful shift to a new job.

One effective way to do this is to prove what you told the hiring manager in the interview. Whatever you said to the people who interviewed you, be sure that you demonstrate you can do it early on.

For example, if you said you were good at web design, start to suggest ways the company’s web site can be enhanced.

Or if you claimed your strength is in motivating staff, start holding regular staff meetings or taking some other steps to prove it.

All too often, candidates embellish their accomplishments in an interview. You don’t want to be left in a situation where your performance falls short of your boss’s expectations based on what you told them in the interview.

One way to do this is to pick off some “low hanging fruit.” In a business context, low hanging fruit is a metaphor for doing the simplest or easiest work first or a target that is quick and easy to achieve.

Doing so will help you build momentum and help establish your credibility early. Since these tasks do not require a lot of effort, it becomes an excellent strategy for you to employ during your first few months to let others, especially your boss, know you are doing something.

Gerald Walsh is an executive recruiter, career coach, public speaker and author. During a 30 year career, he has interviewed more than 10,000 job candidates, completed hundreds of successful searches for a range of organizations and guided many individuals – from young professionals to senior executives – to successful career change. He is the author of “PINNACLE: How to Land the Right Job and Find Fulfillment in Your Career.” You can follow Gerry on Twitter @Gerald_Walsh and LinkedIn.