First day of internship: how to make a good first impression

First day of internship: how to make a good first impression

Do you dread your first day of internship? Nothing more normal. Here are some good tips to ensure and give yourself every chance to be entrusted with interesting missions.

"In general, to ensure on your first day of training, you just have to be friendly, talk with new colleagues and be interested in what they do . But above all, be attentive, ensures Émilie Letailleur. You do not have to be very small , on the contrary a young trainee can talk about his training and explain why he is there. It's a way to make people understand that we want to learn but also that we have something to contribute to the company. "

Understand the business hierarchy

But be careful, if we talk about what we do, it is not to be disproportionately ahead or believe that we are on an equal footing with everyone we meet. Do not make a mistake commonly made by the youngest to not respect the hierarchy , sometimes very present in the company. "Observe corporate codes and culture, how each one is positioned. In many companies with a pyramid structure, it is bad to go directly to the head of department, "says Émilie Letailleur of Embelys Coaching.

"In case of questions about your assignments, the trainee must contact his tutor directly . If a colleague tells him that he can leave early or that a task is useful, he should not take it for cash, "adds Vanessa Joly-Calpas, HR consultant.

Know how to ask questions ... relevant

"If your tutor does not offer it, the trainee can ask from the first day to take stock of his work and the organization of the company," Vanessa Joly-Calpas continues. To stand out, you can search even before the beginning of the internship to learn more about the company, its organization chart, the various positions . You can find information for example on the website or by asking questions to former trainees, you may know. This does not save you from asking questions, but can help you ask more questions.

3 reflexes to adopt as trainee

- Proactivity  : "Be proactive!", This is a piece of advice that may seem difficult to put in place, especially at the beginning when you may not be given enough tasks - the time to see what you can do . But from the first day, if you finish what you have to do in advance, do not sit back and ask what you can help.

- Set up a report  : to report on your progress, what you learn, your successes, or your doubts, make a regular reporting by email, weekly for example. This will put your work forward and help your tutor guide you.

- Write a report of astonishment  : if a report of astonishment comes after a few months, you can talk about it from the beginning. Explain to the guardian what it is and if you can set a date to give it back or make a point.

Top 3 trainee errors

The tips that follow may seem obvious, but it is clear that it is always  these attitudes that are at the origin of a bad reputation in the company  :  arriving late, having an unprofessional dress, asking questions about his benefits .


1. On schedules it's simple  : it's fashionable to arrive a little early, and leave on time. Then, you will understand if there is more or less flexibility on the arrival time  in this company, and you can exceptionally finish later to advance a particular project. But the first days, one is satisfied to be in the rules of use  : neither too flexible, nor too much zeal.

2. Regarding your presentation , you must adopt a professional dress and express yourself in a pro manner. "You have to forget the holey jeans, the baggys, sometimes even the jeans themselves. For example, salespeople must be in costume or in a fairly conventional outfit. "  The best thing is to do a little too early and observe how others are dressed to fit you . You can even take advantage of the job interview to take a look around. In the same vein, familiar language is out of the question. "The way to express oneself may be crippling. In general on this point, the sort is done at the time of the appointment of recruitment, but there is some young people who can be very careful before hiring and then relax , " says Vanessa Joly-Calpas.

3. Finally, for social benefits , the questions are very dangerous. "Already for an employee, it is to proscribe at the beginning. But for a trainee even more, because the latter does not contribute and has, in theory, no social benefit, "says Vanessa Joly-Calpas.