Is the first impression, the one that matters?
confident at work
If you are foreign to an environment where you had never been, you
are nervous as well as the people who were there before your arrival,
are also nervous until they come to know who you are? That means, until
you make an impression on them, they are tentative. Depending on the
impression they will have a measure of you.
Let us take a work place scenario...
If you are novel to the particular environment, then your personal
responsible (commonly known as BOSS) and/or your subordinates and/or
your fellow team members are eagerly waiting to grab the FIRST
impression on your behaviour, attitudes and work. Thus it is obvious
that the first impression counts a lot especially when it comes to
(I do not comment whether it is good or bad, we have to have a
balanced view on this topic). Sometimes it will take just a few minutes
for others to capture an image of your character by looking at your
attire. Guessing a person by outer appearance is not acceptable, but to
be honest, it happens more often than not.
Hence, we need to be careful! Sometimes it will take two-three days,
even a month to get an impression of your work, your talents, your
desires and your attitudes. Anyhow, you need to realize the relevant
scenarios and present yourself in a way that others get a good
impression (On the other hand, pretending such that others get a good
impression on you, may not last longer)
The most important fact is that, the so-called first impression will
last longer....Whether it is good or bad that is the truth. If the first
impression of your boss on you is unpleasant, then thereafter he or she
looks at you with a badly pre-set frame of mind.
Then you may not be given responsibilities; you may not assigned
important duties; your increments might be limited; foreign trainings
might not come to you....If I compile core of the article in a lucid and
palatable way, it is really important to give a good impression to
others especially when you take up a new job! In a short time, the other
person forms an opinion about you based on your appearance, your body
language, your demeanor, your mannerisms, and how you are dressed.
With every new encounter, you are evaluated and yet another person’s
impression of you is formed. This first impression can nearly be
impossible to reverse or undo, making those first encounters extremely
important, for they set the tone for all the relationships that follows.
So, whether they are in your career or social life, it is important
to know how to create a good first impression. Some little hints to make
others to have a good first impression on you:
* Smile, nothing is free like smile...
* Be on time; work on time
* Be yourself, be unique
* Do the given work with quality; with the BEST way you can!
* Present yourself appropriately
* Avoid gossip filled tea time discussions but make it a habit to
bring your opinions directly to your personal responsible
* Be open and confident
People are different; different people will recognize you
differently; but if you were able to make a “good,” general first
impression then you are on your way to success. (Remember, making a good
first impression may be easier than maintaining it!).
Sometimes, I personally argue with myself, why the first impression
is so important; can’t a person be successful even after a bad
impression? Can, but it is not the general scenario. Normally when you
make the impression bad; it is hardly reversible (means not
irreversible). But on the other hand, if you have already created a good
impression among your superiors or subordinates then, sometimes it can
be easily reversed if you frequently do something out of the box of your
caliber. (Not suitable for you). That is the nature of the world; human
life is streaming around an environment such that “GOOD” is remembered
shorter; “BAD” is remembered longer.
We have to adapt to that situation (I think it is a universal truth!)
So, if the first impression is bad then the good work you do thereafter
may not be appreciated. Your superiors and subordinates will seek your
weaknesses. They might be counting fingers to catch one of your small
mistakes and highlight them, even they are negligible.
That is the disadvantage of having a bad impression for the first
time. If you own a good first impression then your small mistakes (might
be happened once in a blue moon) will not be counted. They are easily