Do you know how to make a good first impression? We think we know the basics: neat hair, perfect makeup, a good suit, hygiene, a bright smile, and a strong handshake, don’t we? And it is not that this does not influence, but there are things you have to do, things that are not so obvious to create the first impression. Consider that:
- 33% of professionals know within 90 seconds of meeting someone if they will offer the job or not.
- Most people ‘judge’ a person to be trustworthy or not within a tenth of a second.
- The average brain determines whether or not the person is nice before even knowing their gender.
What does this mean?
The process in which the person decides if their characteristics, including attraction and intelligence, make a person pleasant.
Knowing this information, you can make your first impression much better by choosing and modifying the little features that you think people don’t even notice. Here are some tips that will help you look good from the first moment.
1. Respect yourself
Non-verbal signals represent 55% of communication. It’s about how you handle yourself. That is, how you present yourself not just how you dress or do your hair. It’s about body language and self-confidence. Obviously looking presentable is important, but it’s the way you act that makes the difference.
2. Pay attention to your status
What do we mean by status? Status is how you are perceived and it all lies in the way you move and dress.
The saying “Dress for Success” is true, so if you dress and act like someone successful you can gain that power. And be careful, by this I do not mean that you have to buy the most expensive outfit, but I do say that you have to choose something that looks good on you.
Eye contact is the most important factor. According to a study by Dr. Nora A Murphy at Loyala Marymount University, this type of contact is directly related to how people perceive your intelligence,
Knowing how to make direct contact can make all the difference. Raise your eyebrows and open your eyes wide while chatting with someone.
4. Be nice
Attitude is important. People can read you fast if you have a bad attitude. Smile at people when it comes to meeting them and don’t strain your body. Shake hands firmly, keep your eyes open so people know that you are giving your full attention, and make a difference.