First days are awkward. You leave for work super early to avoid any chance of being late. You’re not sure if you should bring your lunch, what kind of set up they’ll have, if you should bring a water bottle or coffee. You don’t know where the bathroom is and you don’t know anyone in the office. There really isn’t any real work for you to do because it’s your first week and you know nothing.
First days are hard, but it turns out they can get even worse when they take place during a pandemic. It’s hard to make a good first impression when you can’t shake anyone’s hand, can’t see their face behind a mask.
I had never even been to the building before or met my managers. My whole hiring process was done over phone, emails, and Zoom.
In a way, I liked Zoom interviews. My palms were less sweaty and I felt more comfortable. But showing up on my first day with zero idea of what to expect was not ideal. I couldn’t really meet anyone, couldn’t really get trained, and sat in on Zoom meetings with people who were sitting in the cubicle next to me.
It was all very weird, but in the very least it allowed me to dive right into my job and avoid all the fluffery that can come with the first week.