GD and Essay Topic: First Impression is the Last Impression

GD and Essay Topic: First Impression is the Last Impression

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There are some people who believe that if our first impression towards someone is good, it would sustain till the end. However, it may or may not be true.

By Dhwani Taklekar

This article was first published on October 12, 2020.

We all believe that “First impression is the last impression”. But, have you noticed, why is it so? No worries! In this article, we will see how first impressions play an important role in our life. To be the best in the eyes of the top most important people, we have to bring the best impression we can. The competitive world has forced almost everyone to make an eternal first impression.

There are some people who believe that if our first impression towards someone is good, it would sustain till the end. However, it may or may not be true.

What is the first impression?

Psychology says that the first impression is the perception a person makes of the other person they have met for the first time. It varies from one person to the other, that is, no two people can have the same impression of someone. It is based on the observer and the target that is being observed (person, thing, place, etc.).

First impressions are a little tricky. These are unpredictable and sometimes misunderstood. In other words, it will surprise you even if you have practised or prepared a lot. Some people take it for granted by not focusing on making the right impression. It is sometimes judged or ignored blindly.

“You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.” - Will Rogers

They are based on various categories such as age, gender, tradition, appearance, posture, pitch, language, body language, behaviour, etc. The first impression can highly influence the other person in a way they are treated and noticed in everyday life. It can also help in establishing ourselves as someone who is trustworthy and attentive.

Is the first impression really the last impression?

In this world, full of criticism and demands, our attitude and behaviour changes as the situation changes. Due to the competitions going around, we are forced to become judgmental and make perception solely on the appearance. There is a saying that you should never judge a book by its cover. It is not always that if the cover is not attractive, the book will not be interesting. This means, one should never judge someone based on their appearance. At least give some time rather than misleading or misunderstanding others.

If we say that the first impression is the last, it would be an overturn. One can change the direction of the wind in his or her favour by making the efforts needed. For instance, if we go shopping for fruit, say, Orange. There are two vendors selling Oranges. What would you do? We will buy the Oranges that look good and fresh. That’s what the first impression is.

“A good first impression can work wonders” – J.K. Rowling

For example, a person has an interview along with numerous other aspirants. During the interview, one should be in the presentable state which is the most important thing to consider. Their body language and appearance should be appropriate if they want to stand apart from other aspirants. There have been various surveys, which proved that people who care for their looks are successful among others. If the interview goes well, they will have a perception of getting selected for the job and believe that the first impression in front of the interviewer would help the person to get selected. In the corporate world, a perfect first impression can open doors for many new opportunities.

Moreover, if you make  mistakes in life, try to rectify it as not everyone will get a second chance. So, work hard, putting all the efforts to make your first impression as the best impression.

Why does our impression matter?

In the race with millions of competitive minds, there is scarcity of time as well as the chances. So, the first impression does matter and has to be considered in life. The proportion of candidates competing with the jobs is very high, which often results in decision making based on the first impressions. There are some people who were rejected in the starting stage, but now they are one of the famous big personalities of all times. One can definitely consider Steve Jobs, who was thrown away from his own company, only to come back with amazing performance.

Finally, I would like to conclude that the first impression matters, but it is not always the last impression. Taking it in a positive way, if first impressions tend to be a disaster, one can change it by making efforts if he is determined enough to do so. Not always, but there will be opportunities to resolve the problems and make our first impression as the everlasting last impression.

Dhwani Taklekar

About the Author

Dhwani Taklekar is a MBA (Hospital and Healthcare Management) student from MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU), Pune. She has completed her graduation in Biomedical Engineering.

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FAQs on GD Topics and Preparation for MBA

Q: What is the MBA selection process at IIM?

A: MBA admission is based on the performance of the candidate in CAT, Group Discussion/ Written Ability Test (GD/WAT), Personal Interview (PI), work experience, academic diversity, etc. Some IIMs conduct only WAT along with PI whereas some conduct GD instead of WAT.

Q: How can I introduce myself during a group discussion round?

A: You can begin with diving the gGD topic (if you are aware of the context). To introduce yourself, you can talk about personal examples and facts; however, avoid sounding personal and talking too much about yourself.  

Q: Is there any dress code for the GD round at MBA colleges?

A: Any dress code is not specified by IIMs or any other MBA college for the GD rounds; however, a formal dress code is recommended for the GD/PI rounds at MBA institutes to make a good impression, that of a future manager who is disciplined and organised. 

Q: How long does a Group Discussion session last for MBA admission?

A: Typically, a Group Discussion session lasts for 15-20 minutes. However, depending upon the situation it can exceed up to 25-30 minutes. 

Q: What are the questions asked in a Group Discussion and Written Ability Test rounds?

A: The facilitators of the selection rounds including GD and WAT can ask similar topics. Generally, the WAT and GD topics are related to the current happenings around the globe. However, it is advisable to look into the revolutionary happenings in history as well while preparing for a Group Discussion round.

Q: What is the difference between GD and WAT?

A: Both GD topics and WAT topics are similar. GD refers to a communicative session allowing a group of participants to share their views and opinions and express their views on a particular topic. Whereas, WAT is a written test to assess the writing skills of a candidate. 

Q: How to participate if you are unaware of the topic in the GD or WAT rounds?

A: In case you have no idea about the topic, you must play smartly and listen attentively to other participants. Avoid taking the lead in such a case and gather the concept to prepare a strong point. 

Q: Will the panel provide time to prepare for the topic?

A: In general, facilitators will provide five minutes after providing a topic. This time can be consumed to prepare for the selection round. However, there can be instances where no preparation time will be given. 

Q: How to communicate better in a limited time with average language skills?

A: Don’t worry about the language skills during the GD round. You must speak clearly and confidently on the given GD topic so that the panelists are convinced of your knowledge and understanding of the same.

Q: Will there be a virtual GD-PI round in MBA colleges this year?

A: There is no notification regarding the virtual or in-person round as of now. However, it is expected that the MBA colleges will go back to in-person GD-PI from 2023 batch. Thus, you must prepare for both as a part of the GD preparation strategy.

Q: Should I ask for permission to state my viewpoint during the Group Discussion?

A: No. Choose the right timing to enter the grup discussion without being rude. “Let me say that...”, “I agree but...” etc., is an apt way to enter into a conversation. 
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