Make an Impression, Follow Through.
Updated: Sep 17, 2019
Studies show that first impressions shape the way we see people months after we meet them. Within 7 seconds of being face to face, we have formulated an impression that will “affect personal judgments even in the presence of contradictory evidence about the individual”. How we perceive something, particularly someone, dictates the rest of the interaction. It seems obvious but initial impressions are extremely important.
Tips for a good impression
Depending on the situation, how you present yourself changes but your aspects should remain consistent. What is worn to a social and work setting is different, but how you treat people should be the same. This ensures everyone receives the same respect.
Know how you want other people to see you. The hair, facial features, posture, clothes, and overall appearance creates an impression before you even talk to the person. We are automatically going to listen to the man on the man right, rather than the left. Even though they are the same person.
Nobody is perfect so be up front about your mistakes; know what you learned from them. The more you can relate to a person, the more they will trust you.
Trying to be someone you're not or embellishing your personality makes it very difficult to build on that relationship. For example, an interviewer says "we focus on working as a team". Even though you do the best work on your own, you say "I can collaborate with anyone, anywhere". This makes it hard to follow up because you can't show what you're personally good at, producing on your own.
When I meet a person, I want them to perceive that I'm earnest. Trustworthy and genuine. I don't need a reason to do good things. When I leave an interaction, people should know I treat all experiences with an open-mind, for the sake of learning the most possible. Even though I know how the Word works, I still have a strong moral backbone. I urge you to put yourself in the shoes of someone forming a first impression of you. Do not fixate on it, but make sure you're aware of how other people perceive you and how you want to be perceived. Make sure to take this seriously because perception is reality.