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INTERVIEWS: How to make a good first impression

How does a new person perceive you?  There are two phases – and you might not make it to phase two!  Phase one is quick and pretty much automatic.  The author, who is with Columbia University’s Motivation Science Center, describes the different lens (trust, power, and ego lenses) that are employed to size you up on the first impression.  Equally interesting is her description of specific ways that you can employ to correct a negative first impression.  The following are some of her tips for the positive first impression.  You probably learned these from your mom, but it’s good to have official confirmation (and insight into the psychological reasons why they work):

  • Eye contact
  • Smile appropriately
  • Nod
  • Don’t interrupt
  • Good posture – sit up straight, stand up straight

Source: Halvorson, H.G. (2015, Jan.-Feb.). Managing yourself: A second chance to make the right impression. Harvard Business Review, 93(1/2), 108-111.  Click here for the publisher’s website: https://hbr.org/2015/01/a-second-chance-to-make-the-right-impression  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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