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How common is it to train new hires?

Asked by chelle21689 (5308 points ) January 3rd, 2014 from iPhone

As my start date draws near I am beginning to have some more questions in my mind.

Some of you know it’s my first real and full time job at a career I’ve been trying hard to pursue which is HR.

I had a two month internship which help me land a job although I have barely learned anything there. I don’t have formal education in HR either so I am a bit worried at how I will do in this entry level HR Coordinator position.

How likely is it that they will train me? Do they expect me to just know how to do everything? I should’ve asked these type of questions during the interview.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Relax, go in with an open mind and be willing to ask questions. It’s HR, so there’s most likely a well defined policy manual. Read up on that in your off time, ask if you can take a copy home. Always ask if there is anything more you can do to help out. You’ll do fine.

snowberry's avatar

If they hired you, they already paid close attention to what your qualifications are. Being in HR as they are, they should already know that internships are a crap-shoot when it comes to actually learning anything. They probably paid more attention to the things you said you can do- your skills- than your internship, anyway.

As @Adirondackwannabe said, ask questions and read your employee manual. Above all, stay upbeat! Try to see things from their point of view, and make sure you’re a joy to have as an employee.

Smitha's avatar

Congrats on your ne job! New jobs are always very stressful, just be positive. They will definetly provide you the training needed. Starting a new job is like starting a new academic course, just ask your boss or colleagues for help when you need it. Most people are understanding when you’re new on the job, no one expects perfection. Just smile, be friendly, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

johnpowell's avatar

Fucking up will get you fired. Asking for help won’t.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Also, look for a mentor you can trust and work with. Don’t be hasty in picking one out, but find someone that can show you the ropes.

elbanditoroso's avatar

They hired you, and they know you are new. It’s highly unlikely that they’re just going to say “Have at it” and let you go and make all sorts of mistakes.

It’s aa strong bet that you will have some formal training, and then be paired one-on-one with someone to get the hang of whatever the job is. It’s to their benefit and yours if they do so.

Ask lots of questions. And take notes. No one expects you to be an expert the first day.

snowberry's avatar

I’ll also mention that seeing as how HR deals so much with sensitive and very private personal information, they’ll know that anyone who worked as an intern couldn’t have been allowed to do much. They will train you!

JLeslie's avatar

They probably will do at least some hand holding at first, even if there is no formal training. Whatever you don’t know just ask them. If there are other people at your level it can be good to enlist a little of their help so you don’t have to direct every question to your boss, depending on what the question is.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

I would be leery of any company that doesn’t train its hires. It’s very unfair to expect a new employee to hit the ground running, really knowing nothing about the job expectations or workplace rules.

glacial's avatar

It would be irresponsible for them not to train you as a new hire. Don’t worry, someone will show you the ropes. As @johnpowell said, ask questions. If you don’t get something, don’t pretend that you do – that will only lead to people not trusting you.

filmfann's avatar

At the phone company, we stopped hiring in 1982, and didn’t hire again until 1997. That meant we mostly didn’t have to train newbies for 15 years, mostly. When the new hires came in (in swarms) we were ill prepared. The experienced splicers thought the newbies should at least know how to open manholes and pump out the water, but of course they didn’t. We had to show them everything.
Ask the people at your work how long it has been since they had to train someone new. That might help you figure out how well they can do it.

Pachy's avatar

Of course you’ll get some basic training from your manager and others, but don’t the key word here is “basic.” In-depth knowledge about the company and specifically about your job won’t magically come to you from a “trainer,” it’s up to you to dig in and learn about the environment, the politics, the practices and policies—in other words, the real skivvy. Don’t hesitate to get to know people and ask questions, lots of questions. Be open, eager, friendly, curious, helpful, and proactive.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Of course they’ll train you. They know you’ve never done the job before.

chelle21689's avatar

Thanks everyone

YARNLADY's avatar

Every company trains its new hires.

My grandson left his last job after nearly two years because instead of promoting him from part-time to full-time, they hired a new full time manager and asked him to train her.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@chelle21689 Did you start your new job yet? If so, how’s it going?

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