How to make that first impression last

When meeting someone important or going for a job interview, it is important to create a positive first impression that will last.

Dr Schomer says making a positive first impression makes a difference in how things will turn out.

We assess a person according to how they fit in, their intelligence, whether they are friendly or not within seconds of meeting them

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

Listen to the full conversation below:

We need to understand how quickly human beings are able, with their complex brains, to classify people and put them into boxes

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

People that make a good impression are usually the people that are comfortable in their own skin and knowledgeable about the social customs that apply to a particular situation

Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist

Dr Schomer gives five pointers on how to make a good first impression as:

  • Put on a Friendly face
  • Seek eye contact
  • Dress well
  • Be comfortable in your own skin
  • Be to the point when you speak

Dr Schomer says there’s nothing wrong with practicing with siblings prior to the interview just to get a feeling of how the next person will receive you – ‘Practice makes perfect’ he says.

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