How to Make a Good First Impression, According to Science

We’ve all been there. You’re about to meet that long-awaited blind date, or maybe you’re interviewing for a job. So much weighs on this moment, and many of us find we fumble under the pressure of hitting it out of the park. Studies suggest that we make snap judgments of individuals within mere fractions of seconds upon first interacting. It may sound unbelievable, but there it is. So, how do you ace the impression and ensure you set out on the right foot? There are several factors that impact the success of a first impression—a good handshake being just the tip of the iceberg. Read on for eight takeaways worth practicing before that next big introduction.