First impression (psychology) In psychology, a first impression is the event when one person first encounters another person and forms a mental image of that person, according to Wikipedia.
Specialists from different fields speak the impression of the first 30 seconds or 7 seconds.
Tricia Prickett, a former psychology student, ran a series of interviews to test this theory. Is it possible to guess the outcome of an interview by simply observing the interaction between the interviewee and his interviewer?
She has discovered that she can even do more than that, you can predict if the interviewee gets the job by watching just the first 15 seconds of the interview’s video recording. That first impression of only 15 seconds was decisive and it counted much more than she thought.
Professor Frank Bernieri of Oregon State University, who oversaw Prickett’s research, continued his research in this field, concluding that you can get to know a person by observing only a ‘little slice’ of his behavior.
It is what we call, in a popular language, instinct, and it seems we have this instinct in any situation, not just when we feel in danger.
Most of the time, a first encounter makes a lasting impression and a firm handshake can do miracles in building relationships. But don’t trust my word on this, this is what most human resources and communication specialists will say.
“First impressions are manifested not only in perceivers’ explicit reactions but also in their spontaneous inferences. Implicit measures aim to capture the spontaneous impressions that are typically invisible to the perceivers — impressions they have formed without any awareness or intention. While explicit measures of impressions include self-report tests such as ratings of evaluations or inferences, implicit measures include memory tests that measure the extent to which the target person is associated with a construct (such as a trait) in memory. The exact relationship between implicit and explicit forms of impressions has been a controversial question in the field of social cognition (Payne, Burkley, & Stokes, 2008).” (IRMAK OLCAYSOY OKTEN, 2018)
Other study from Princeton says that People decide on your trustworthiness in a tenth of a second. The researchers found this out by giving one group of university students 100 milliseconds to rate the attractiveness, competence, likeability, aggressiveness, and trustworthiness of actors’ faces.
The idea is that first impression counts and knowing your usual first impression or your personal bias could help you ‘hack’ it and use it in your own advantage. For instance, say you get feedback from people that you tend to be portrayed by people as a nerd and trustworthy. This could be valuable when dressing up a certain way or even choosing a particular professional career.