We've all been there at some point. You turn up for a new job, bright eyed, fresh faced and eager to show everyone you are the worlds greatest gift to the team. One slight problem though, you're not. Everyone you are working with has more experience and is probably better at the job than you are. This leaves you in a bit of a predicament; you want that return offer / top bonus. Making a great impression with the seniors on the team is easier than you think as long as you follow these key points.
- Engage with them - Chances are your MD / Manager doesn't even have installed on his computer, let alone go diving into models and checking your cash flow statement is linked properly. That's what the Associates and VPs are for. However, they WILL appreciate someone who takes an interest in the stuff they do. While junior financiers are more concerned with the accounting treatment of goodwill, your boss will be worrying about management issues, the views of the CEO of the client, market sentiment etc. If you can show an interest in these issues, his view of you will dramatically improve.
- ALWAYS show an interest in what they are talking about - It doesnt matter if they're talking about 'the good old days', problems finding a new house in the Hamptons, that guy who takes too long to play a round at the country club or any other 1st world problem. TAKE. AN. INTEREST. Fake it, believe it, whatever it takes to make them think that their life is vaguely interesting to other human beings.
- Underpromise, overdeliver - It's a cliche for a reason. It's true. If an analyst or associate tries to dump his work on you, by all means try and push back with a vaguely believable excuse but if your MD / ED asks you to do something, smile, tell him you'll get it done as soon as possible and then have it sitting on his desk before he expects it. Seniors appreciate efficiency.
It goes without saying that to make a good impression you always need to produce top quality work, but there is a world of difference between impressing an analyst / associate and an MD. Who do you think has final say over your bonus?