As you are preparing for your first day at a new job, you are probably feeling pretty confident. After all, you impressed the hiring manager so much that they offered you a job. However, you are about to face a whole new set of critics- your team. Even though you are on the company’s payroll, you are essentially still a stranger to your team and it is important to make a good first impression, make connections, and win your new colleagues over. The best way to make a positive impression is to have memorable interactions with each person you meet.

Whether you believe that you have the gift of gab or not, keep the following conversation starters in mind in case first day jitters get the best of you.


Hi, my name is ______, and I was recently hired for the _____ position!

Introducing yourself may seem intuitive, but the impact of a confident introduction should not be underestimated. The truth is that your new colleagues may not even know that their manager has filled the open position, so stepping out of your comfort zone and introducing yourself will help to eliminate any confusion about who the stranger hanging out in the office is.

What is your role in the company, and what does that position entail?

This is a good way to find out what responsibilities each team member has, and who you should reach out to should you have questions (especially as you acclimate to your new position).

How long have you been working for this company?

Find out who is a rookie and who is a veteran by asking how long they have been working there. This question opens up the conversation for you to ask follow up questions like: Where is the best place to grab lunch in this area, and where is the coffee maker? If you are lucky, a veteran team member may even offer to show you the ropes!

How long have you lived in this area?

This question delves into their personal life, but only just slightly. After all, you are just meeting them. This semi personal question lets them know that you are truly interested in getting to know them as a whole person, not just a coworker. If you are new to the area, this is also the perfect way to learn more about your new city!

How can my role support your role?

One way to make a positive and lasting impression on your coworkers is to ask how your role can be used to support their role. Expressing your willingness to be a team player will build comradery and your coworkers will be relieved that you are open to hearing their ideas.


Remember that as you are conversing with your new team members, listening is key. It’s not enough to ask questions, you need to truly listen to their responses. Part of which is keeping your phone tucked away, even though you may be tempted to use it as a social crutch.