What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
$71 for a resume-writing and interview-prep package ($150 value)
- Two resume-writing sessions
- Interview prep session
$111 for a complete career-consulting package ($250 value)
- Everything in the resume-writing and interview-prep package
- Networking training session
- Salary-negotiation training session
The Science of First Impressions: What’s It to You?
When meeting someone new, it only takes your brain a few seconds to construct a first impression. Read on to learn what happens during that brief but crucial moment.
First impressions are immediate and instinctual—a gut reaction that tells us whom to trust and whom to send down the trapdoor under their feet. But as the brain shows, when we meet someone for the first time, we assign value to that person based on our own preferences and experiences, making for a unique, intimate connection that might explain the eternal mystery of “love at first sight.”
Does Confidence Matter?
In social terms, the science of first impressions is less clear. Popular opinion holds that confidence is the most important way to give off a good impression. But as Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist at Harvard Business School, told Wired, the two things we evaluate first are trustworthiness and competence. In other words, coming across as honest and capable is far more important than simply exuding confidence—which is why, for instance, letting others speak first tends to work better than steamrolling a conversation.
Either way, the importance of a first impression can’t be overstated. As relationships develop, we seek out information—what a person says, does, and wears—to revise our initial opinion, but in fact, we often gloss over evidence that could overturn that all-important first impression. This phenomenon, called confirmation bias, is what inspires the old saying: you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
The Fine Print
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