我记得在大学期间，周围的人都在憧憬着心仪的工作。当时流行的观点是，只要得到高盛（Goldman Sachs ）的临时工作，就等于坐上了成功的列车，意味着整个职业生涯都将取得成功。
Be on good terms with everyone - In school, if you disliked someone, you could ignore him. At work, if you dislike a colleague, you cannot simply ignore him because you will be working together. Instead, be friendly and cordial. If that person is at all a professional, even if he dislikes you personally, he will respect you professionally.
Value quality over quantity - If you can, try to work as quickly as possible, but do not sacrifice the quality of your work for the sake of more output. Your manager and colleagues will remember negatively the time you broke the software build with a code check-in, even if it was delivered a week ahead of time. However, they will remember fondly the success and quality of your polished and completed project, even if it took an extra week to wrap up.
Answer by Patrick Mathieson, VC Associate at Toba Capital
Believing that your first job is highly deterministic of the rest of your career.
I remember being an undergrad and being surrounded by people absolutely pining over particular choice jobs. The prevailing attitude seemed to be that getting the Goldman Sachs GS gig would catapult them onto a trajectory of success that would last for their entire careers.
Now that it’s been four years since my graduation, I’ve seen most of my friends change employers at least once, and many (including myself) have also switched industries. While some people loved their first jobs, some quickly found out that another occupation was more to their liking.
Picking a job or employer is important, no doubt. And certain jobs can lead to relationships that DO determine the rest of your career. But to assume that your first job will inexorably lead to one particular brand of career or lifestyle, or that changing your mind or making a mistake in job selection is catastrophic, is the wrong attitude.
Often our first jobs are most useful in teaching us what we DON’T want to do for a living.
Answer by Jeff Rogers, Director of Engineering at Angie’s List
In some pockets, especially tech, it’s ok (and weirdly prideful) to ignore emails, blow off meetings, etc…
But you’re not the next Internet billionaire yet. Someone took the time to write you an email. You should extend them the courtesy of replying as quickly as you can. Or, you know, walking over and talking to them (if possible). If you don’t know the answer, or need more time, just say so. Don’t let it sit in your inbox for days/weeks. I impose a “24-hour” rule on my own mailbox.
Show up to meetings on time. Someone thought your opinion on a topic might be interesting, so you should take that as a compliment. You owe it to them to attend and pay attention. Don’t stare at your phone or laptop, unless necessary. Sometimes things pop up that require your focus to shift to an urgent issue. If that happens, apologize or excuse yourself.
“I don’t know” is a perfectly fine answer. (As long as “…but I will find out” quickly follows.)
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