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      VIDEO: Don’t make these mistakes on your first day at work

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      A poll of almost 3,000 UK workers has revealed the top 30 worst nightmares that can be experienced on the first day at a new job.

      Among the most cited incidents are, unsurprisingly, turning up late wearing the wrong clothes, being over-dressed, crashing into a colleague’s vehicle in the car park, spilling tea everywhere, getting lost en route to the office and saying something inappropriate out of nervousness.

      The study, conducted by promotional retailer 4imprint ‘First Impressions’ campaign, shows almost half of workers have had a terrible first day at a new job, with 95% stressing how important it is to them to make a good first impression on others.

      And more than three quarters (82%) believe they’re more likely to make a positive impact on their first day if they know they’ve got their clothing spot on.

      72% wish they had a uniform for work, claiming it would have made their first day – and consequently first impressions – easier to manage. Here’s a handy video to help you avoid the above fates:

      And here’s the nightmare first day list in full:


      Learned someone’s name then immediately forgotten it

      Got someone’s name wrong

      Was just too nervous

      Finding I had no computer / desk to work at

      Said something stupid due to nerves

      Arrived at the wrong work address

      Turned up completely overdressed compared to everyone else

      Worn shoes that ended up being agonisingly painful by the end of the day

      Had to have something simple explained numerous times

      Got there late due to traffic

      Being told I wasn’t the ‘first choice candidate’

      Forgotten the code to get in or out of the office

      Got there late due to public transport problems

      Put your foot in your mouth during a conversation with someone

      Turned up completely underdressed compared to everyone else

      Been over friendly

      Accidentally sent a sensitive email as a ‘staff all’

      Made someone’s tea wrong

      Said something inappropriate to a new colleague

      Got there late due to other reasons

      Damaged company property

      Spilled tea everywhere

      Took too long on a lunch break

      Got the company name wrong

      Went to the wrong address

      Asked how to turn your computer on

      Had a wardrobe malfunction like trousers splitting

      Took a personal call that was frowned upon

      Worn a tie when nobody else was wearing one

      Had to leave early due to a family emergency

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      Jade Burke

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