Most people view onboarding as a position of weakness: They don't know anything while the team knows everything, and now they need to bridge that gap. While that's somewhat true, onboarding is not a position of weakness, and thinking this will only make your onboarding slower and less effective.
Here are the core points from the video:
- Nobody wants to be mean to the newbie - This means that you have extra slack to ask questions and request help more aggressively than the average team member. However, this "aura" doesn't last forever - Make sure to really use it while you have it! The first month in particular is when the team will be extra accommodating of you.
- You will never have fresh eyes again - Being new gives you a perspective that tenured members of your team simply can't have. Use this to share new ideas and suggestions to the team: Tactically, you are very well equipped to improve the onboarding process. Don't only view onboarding as a state where you need to be dependent on others and consume help - Feel empowered to bring about positive change as well.
This clip is from our masterclass on how to succeed at a new team or company as a software engineer. Click here to watch the full thing.