As the cliche goes: You have one chance to make a good first impression. In hiring, as in many things, creating a great first impression makes all the difference. Much of the first impression you leave falls under your control. The reality is, however, that first impression bias, based on factors outside your control, still exists.
It’s always difficult to think that you left a bad impression. Sometimes, however, it’s not your fault.
First Impression Bias in Hiring
We would all like to believe that we couldn’t possibly be perceived negatively for stuff we don’t control. Things like the color of our skin or the ethnicity of our name. Yet such first impression bias lingers. In the infographic below, brought to you by EBI, you’ll find a list of the top 25 triggers of first impression bias that you may face in the workplace. From attractiveness to a firm handshake, and from the teeth in your mouth to the shoes on your feet, it’s in here.
In the end, you can’t help it if they judge you for what you seem to be rather than who you are. Then again, you probably wouldn’t want to work there anyway!
But isn’t it good to know that first impression bias exists? More important, now you know how to leverage some of the more common traits, actions and choices that help create a great first, and lasting, impression.