You never get a second chance to make a first impression, right?

Let’s face it: When we meet someone for the first time we’re compiling our overall impressions and assessing the situation. According to a Harvard Business Review blog, there are a few key factors to sizing it all up. Anthony Tjan points out a few key things to evaluate in particular during a job interview.

The author of Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck and managing partner and founder of venture capital firm Cue Ball, writes:

“In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars? ….Judging on extrinsic and skill-based factors is a relatively objective and straightforward exercise. Gauging softer traits such as will or attitude is much, much harder, and takes one-on-one contact, attentive listening, and careful observation. That’s why it’s important to approach a job interview more as an attitudinal audition than a question-and-answer period around skills.” Read more