We often think competency is the first quality to get across when meeting someone important in your career – a recruiter, a senior executive, a potential sponsor, a client. Research shows trustworthiness is more important. The first question someone you meet asks themselves is – can they trust you? Following this, they assess your strengths and abilities.
Trust is built through relationships, demonstrating warmth, being authentic and honest. Key qualities that are important for strong mentoring relationships and influencing others in all aspects of your career.
A Harvard psychologist says people judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you, Jenna Goudreau, Business Insider.