The first impression that someone gets from you is definitely the most important. With that first look and within five seconds of meeting you, a person will automatically be judging you and coming to a conclusion about who you are and what you are all about.
Maybe you are the type of person that needs a little bit of time to show who you truly are and show you have a good appearance? Well the chances are, that the individual you are meeting will give you more time to prove yourself. What's worse? Meeting someone and having them take one look at you and then walk the other way, or meeting someone and having them doubt you, but giving you the time for you to get yourself together? The latter sounds much better, right? Follow these tips to make an amazing physical first impression. Now the personality part is all up to you!
Pay attention to what you are wearing. Sweat marks and holes are definitely not going to give off the impression that you want, unless you are going for the dirty, homeless person look! Of course, this doesn't mean that you have to go out and buy a new wardrobe, and it definitely doesn't mean that you should dress outside of your personality. Choose something that you already have in your wardrobe that is fun, classy, but most importantly, clean.
Take note of your grooming and complexion. Everyone has imperfections but if you have oozing spots all over your face or a giant cold sore on your lip, it's definitely going to make the other person question your hygiene. This also means that yes, you should get rid of that giant beard you have been working on growing for weeks. Sorry, but it has to go! Take care of treatable imperfections before you meet, and then your first impression will be a good one.
With hygiene in mind, make sure your hair isn't greasy and completely untamed. Take the time to make yourself look decent and your first impression will be a lasting one, and also positive.
Lastly, pay attention to your posture, body language and most importantly, relax. As uncomfortable as it may be, don't slouch in a chair, or cross your arms in front of your chest mid conversation. These two small and simple things can make a world of difference when it comes to a first impression. Relax, and be yourself! With everything else in check, you will be off to a good start!