It’s normal for new co-workers to form a first impression about a new hire, and these initial judgments can become long-term perceptions.

In order to start things off right at your new job, it’s a good idea to try and eliminate any bad habits you might have. The good news is it’s easy to make a great impression if you can honestly assess your bad habits, admit you need to change them and take steps to do so. Changing a few bad habits can go a long way toward avoiding a negative first impression that could haunt you throughout your career.

Resist the Urge to Interrupt

When people speak, they certainly desire to be listened to. If you have a tendency to cut people off mid-sentence, you’re running the risk of annoying your new co-workers. Even if you think your constant interruptions are a good way to participate and engage with others, you need to make sure your new colleagues don’t feel like they’re being steamrolled by the new hire.

Be sure you’re allowing people the time to speak and make their point with each sentence. Don’t worry, there will be a break in the conversation eventually, and that’s when it’s your time to talk.

Keep Complaints to a Minimum

We all complain every now and then, it is a totally normal thing to do. However, it can be easy to slip into a pattern where continuously airing your issues on just about everything is all you do. If you think you have a tendency to always see the glass as half-full, it’s probably time you try to be more positive.

At times, commiserating over mutual frustrations can be a fantastic way to bond with your co-workers. However, it shouldn’t be your go-to way of connecting with someone. A complaint here and there is fine, but you should be careful not to pepper your conversations with them or depend on them as a conversation starter. In fact, saying something pleasant now and again is a great way to avoid being a “Debbie Downer.”

Avoid Laying It on Too Thick

It may seem odd that it’s possible to be too nice, but, amazingly, it is. If you take being complimentary too far, you risk coming across as phony, patronizing or out of touch with what’s going on around you. No one wants to feel like they’re being overly flattered, treated like a kid receiving a golden star or working with someone who doesn’t want to hear negativity in any form.

If you think you have a habit of heaping too much praise on people, stick to one genuine compliment or just say “thank you” if you want to show appreciation.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

When you’re learning a new job and placing in an unfamiliar environment, a common defense mechanism is to beat yourself up or use self-deprecating humor. People do appreciate a little humility, but too much can be draining and it can sound like you’re fishing for compliments.

Remember, you got this job because you’re talented and experienced. You need to remember that and project confidence in being able to do what is asked of you.

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