First Impressions First impressions are important to anyone who has to form an opinion or base a decision on only one interaction. First impressions also set the precedent for how we perceive someone in the future. In business, one of the most common first impressions that leaders have to interpret is hiring interviews. That first impression can either be the first for a new employee or their last. As leaders, it’s also important to realize that our individual characteristics play a significant role in determining our first impression or perception of someone. Our reality is determined by our experiences in life that brought us to this point. It is never going to be the same as someone else’s reality. Those experiences determine what
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She may have had a negative experience with an employee who had a nose ring and now subconsciously stereotypes against all people with nose rings. For Sean, his previous experiences were such that the nose ring was subconsciously ignored and not even a small determining factor in his first impression of Bill. While Cathy and Sean are sitting together in the same room with the same interviewee, their interpretations of Bill may be completely different because their perceptions are based on different factors.
First Impression Scenarios In the “First Impressions” example, the first scenario portrays John as an extrovert. It uses positive imagery to describe his surroundings and mentions his multiple conversations with different people during his trip to get stationary. The description of him basking in the sun while walking down the street paints a very jovial image for me. I can picture him smiling, enjoying life, glowing in the sunlight and filled with a sense of euphoria. My positive first impression of John is confirmed by his interactions with other people. Obviously he is a naturally charming and charismatic person who must be a joy to know and work with. Then I read the second scenario that portrayed John as an introvert. Leaving the office alone, he chose to walk on the dark and dismal side of the street when he had the option of basking in glorious sunlight. Where did his charm and charisma go? Avoiding the pretty girl