Hey congrats for the offer. I also started my first day at MBB remotely.
Let me divide what works for me into two main buckets-
How to survive your first case:
1. Flag that you are new. Many people probably dont know that you're new and they may have some expectations on how you should perform.
2.Overcommunicate / update your manager regularly. Set morning & night daily cadence with your supervisor. Give them process update during midday. Speak to him/her outlining your approach before you do your analysis. Its especially important because working virtually mean that your supervisor cant actually see what youre doing.
3. Be open to feedback. Irrespective of the pandemic, you are still expected to perform as if we are all working at the office; they arent cutting any slacks. This means that you have to work extra hard, take every opportunity to understand your weak area and work on your feedback. This means that you have to proactively set recurring (weekly? Once every two weeks?) feedback chats with your supervisor / principal / partner, and work on that feedback.
4. Dont hesitate to ask questions - understand it will be super awkward, but if you dont ask, they dont know that you dont understand.
5. Make sure you have enough airtime to present your findings to leadership team. Working virtually makes it more difficult sometimes to showcase your work (sometimes youre on mute, or your manager presents instead, etc). But let's face it, its really good to have some exposure early on to build rapport + establish trust. Hence talk to your supervisor and highlight that you want to present your own analysis / lead PS sessions with LT, etc.
Second bucket - how to build relationships with your colleagues:
1. Be proactive in building relationships with your fellow case team members. To me this is really important because you can learn to like your job, but you cant learn to like the people youre working with. Start casual conversations / ice breakers with them (esp people in your workstream). Have catch up sessions with them to build that "comraderie" within the team.
2. Be involved in office virtual gatherings/drinks/activities.
3. Aggressively make friends during your training session (esp. with those who are from your office).
4. Ask to be staffed in your home office. This may not be a priority for everyone. But for me its very important to have strong ties & feel that sense of belonging in your home office.
Hopefully from reading this you can takeaway that being proactive + overcommuncation are imperative to ensure a smooth transition. Good luck!
PS. Apologies for the formatting/ possible typos, I am typing this message on my phone.