Everyone knows a first impression is so important, so I thought it would be cool to pass along this list of little things that people judge you on when they first meet you.

1. Your handshake  - we've all heard this before... no wet fish, or whatever, right?  But I've found, and maybe it's just me, that it's harder than you think to nail a perfect handshake the first time.  Maybe I need to practice.

2.  Whether or not you show up on time - if you're late for a first meeting, it comes across poorly, anyone who doesn't know that is dumb.  I think that goes for business especially, along with dating and friendships

3.  How you treat restaurant staff - if you're on a first date or a business lunch meeting and you're crappy to the server or host or busser at a restaurant, than I think it's pretty safe to assume you're a crappy person.

4.  Where you look when you drink out of a cup - I'm not sure how this is a thing, but a person that looks into the cup when drinking is said to be more introspective, self-aware, idealistic, and focused. A person who looks over the rim of the cup when drinking tends to be more influenced by others, more environmentally aware, carefree, extroverted, and trusting and a person who closes their eyes when they drink is in some sort of pain or discomfort and is preoccupied with pleasure and relief.

5.  Whether you bite your nails - apparently those who bite their nails (or pull their hair, or pick their skin) tend to be perfectionists, and are usually unable to fully relax.

6.  Your handwriting - people who put a lot of pressure on pen and paper to write something are usually stubborn and have a lot of confidence and I guess large letters indicate that you're people-oriented, while small letters suggest you're introverted.

7.  How often you check your phone - if you can't leave it alone you may be less emotionally stable and trying to boost your mood. I think that's fair.

8.  Whether you make eye contact - if you can't make eye contact it shows you lack the self-control required to follow through and you probably have a weak will.

Funny thing is, I don't think those are the same 8 things I use to assess a person when I first meet them.  I think I am more shallow and judge people based on their appearance.  Sorry if that sounds wrong, but it's the truth!

I notice if their hair and clothes are put together, if they are clean and pleasant looking.

What kind of criteria do you use to judge people?

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