Make That First Impression Last Longer Than the Blink of an Eye

From as far back as I can remember, I recall being told the importance of a first impression.  Back then, it was about being respectful to new teammates and portraying good sportsmanship to opposing teams.  As I grew older, and high school came around, it was the first impression you had on teachers and new classmates which firstwould affect how you were viewed in school.  Now, as I make my way through college at Bryant University and get ready to make it out in the business world, I find that first impressions have become immensely more important.  Whether it is new professors, networking events and career fairs or interviews, a first impression can go a long way.  The phenomenon of a first impression and the factors involved are so interesting in how they can manipulate someone’s outlook on you.  Even more intriguing is how one person’s view from a first impression of you could be entirely different from someone else’s first impression of you.  Making a good first impression on someone not only has profound benefits on your personal life, but is also beneficial in building your career.

As a student studying the field of Human Resource Management, I wanted to tailor my learning experience to tie together and help me understand HR even more.  To do so, I chose to double minor in Communications and Psychology, which I have found to be immensely beneficial in learning how people think and work   According to a 2014 study at the University of York, impressions of a person’s approachability and dominance can be made within the first 100 milliseconds.  Before you even have a chance to speak, the person you are meeting has already had the chance to analyze your posture and how you carry yourself, your facial expressions and how you are dressed at 6e842fbcd86c233bc4d17c5b27cefa99the time they are meeting you.  First impressions are quickly formed and long lasting, the longer amount of time for the first impression, the more confident and stable the impression will be.  An interviewer can have made their mind up within two seconds of seeing someone as to whether or not they want to hire them, possibly excelling their career forward or becoming another road block in the way.  What first impressions come down to can be instinctual and alter our outlook on people instantaneously and that is what makes them so important.  What is so interesting about these situations is that they are highly dependent on the various factors that could skew the accuracy of the impression.  Some factors include age, gender, physical appearance, posture, voice, number of people present, and time allowed to process.  These factors are deemed especially important within the business world especially when trying to find a job.

With a combination of learning Communications, Psychology and HR at school, I am also discovering more and more things about first impressions during my time here at MSI.  Learning the breakdown of a first impression has opened my eyes to be more aware of how I present myself in a first impression situation.  It is said that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have.  This is directly related to establishing the first impression on your interviewer because even before you speak they will analyze you.  Non-verbal cues such as level of eye contact and firmness of the handshake upon greeting someone will be taken into consideration as well.  Posture and tone of voice during an interview are absolutely key, they depict the level of interest one may have for the interview/job.  Understanding tone of voice is important in a first impression because it will either enhance or diminish the impression someone has made already.  In addition to these non-verbal cues, researching the firstimpression_aloneorganization and interviewer beforehand, having prepared questions and portraying confidence can all go a long way in a first impression by showing the interviewer you care about this opportunity and will go the extra mile.  These extra things can help mend a sour first impression or just add onto an already positive outlook.
Being aware of these factors that come into play is so helpful, because it allows you to be able to control them and use them in your favor.


First impressions will always be important and will occur constantly throughout our lives, so what kind of first impression will you make?  Being able to understand
what is in a first impression can have countless benefits whether seen or unseen.  Whether you are going into an interview or one day will be conducting interviews, it is
important to be able to decipher and analyze people’s non-verbal cues in order to get the best impression you can on them.  Knowing these factors and the importance of a first impression will get you far, because you don’t want your first impression to be the only impression you make.

Alex Madoian

Bryant 2017

4th and Goal With the Game on the Line: Will They Turn to YOU?

For the last 16 years of my life I haven’t experienced a fall without football.  With the end of my career in sight, and the New York Giants not knocking on my door, it is time for me to look back at what lessons and valuable tools this incredible game has taught me over time.  I believe football has shaped me to become who I am today and that I am better because of it.  The memories of incredible games and grueling practices will always be there, but it is the lessons and skills I learned that will stick with me for a lifetime.e1607536d7b86ef30acf6d74ef0e5be6  The skills and lessons that I found most prevalent in my years of football were in leadership.  Leadership, is something many people are naturally born with and it may come easy to them.  Now, there is a difference between a leader and a manager, but both need to be efficient and effective with their leadership skills.  I believe in some ways that I am a natural born leader, but football helped me to open my eyes as to what true leadership is about and what it takes to be a great leader.  Now you may ask, if I’ve never played football how does this relate to me?  Well, it is the principles of leadership and management in football that anyone and everyone can understand in the business world and that I took away from my experiences in the game.

As a Human Resources Management major, I strive to learn all that I can about leadership and team building and I believe that all managers should educate themselves as to what it takes to be a great leader.  One major connection between leadership and football, is that in order for you and the others around you to grow, you must be comfortable with being uncomfortable.  This is pushing yourself beyond your limits and breaking out of your comfort zone.  As a leader, helping your employees push past their comfort zone not only helps them to grow but can also propel your business forward.  A team that has shared adversity and can feel comfortable being uncomfortable together is a team that cannot be beat.  They have a stronger connection with each other due to the pressures they have faced together.  Taking that principle into the business world can only mean success in an extremely competitive global market.

Change-Leadership  I have found throughout my football life that talent is very valuable, the best players play and often help the team succeed to a certain extent.  While talent is needed to a degree, it is great leadership and teamwork that enable reliable performances at the highest level possible.  I have been on teams with one or two outstanding players but have lost every game; this goes to show that without a well led cohesive unit, great things cannot be accomplished.   Those individuals who can bring a team together while focusing on their employees best interests as well as the interests of their organizations will achieve a championship season.

The last lesson that I will surely take away with me after I leave football is one that I wish I knew a long time ago.  You don’t rise to the occasion, you fall back on your training.  As a great leader, one should help their employees to follow and understand such a motto because of what it does for their own personal performance.  When crunch time comes, and someone is on the big stage, (whatever it may be), they will not just suddenly be prepared, it is what they have been taught by their leader and how they have prepared that will make them successful.

6618fa80d350ebe3090faea447d04553By helping employees break past their comfort zone and showing them that you care for their personal growth, you will encourage them to want to work harder.  A strong team can accomplish anything they put their mind to if they are led by someone who knows how to maximize the talent that they have by pushing the team past their comfort zone and excelling them forward.  What will you do to become the most effective leader possible?  I know that when I do eventually lead that I will use the lessons and skills I have learned throughout my football career to most effectively bring my team to the next level.  Managers and leaders can be found everywhere, but great and effective leaders come scarce.


Alex Madoian

Bryant University Class of 2017


Internship of All Internships

It all started on a rainy day during the middle of football season. A teammate and I walk to a Bryant University student SHRM meeting forgetting who was scheduled to speak with us after a hard practice. We both walk in and in front of us is Tony Pivirotto. As Tony began speaking with the ten SHRM members present at the meeting he discussed the internship program that his company, MSI, offers. My mind quickly thinks of the worst possible internship, filing and sorting important documents alone in a room with no windows, but to my surprise Tony describes an incredibly in depth and educational internship opportunity.


Tony’s description of the internship sounded perfect to a young HR student. This verbal description eventually, led to my applying for the spring internship position at MSI. As I began working at MSI I realized that there was so much more to this position than what Tony described. As the weeks went on, constant meetings with Tony occur, and my search for a good summer internship begins. While I conduct research on companies, submit my resume, and begin to have interviews with various organizations, I have an epiphany. Every moment working at MSI, has allowed me to gain a basic understanding of the concepts and processes of recruiting and the necessary steps involved in it.


As I do my research, and ask other Bryant students who have had internships I hear the horror stories about miserable internships. They tell me how they were provided busy work which gave them no real world work experience at all besides a company name to put on a resume. So why is having a good internship important? What is the difference between a good internship and a bad one?

In the various interviews I have been on, I am asked, “What have you been working on at your current internship?” They expect a generic response of, “I have been filing papers and doing data entry.” Little do they know that I have an ace up my sleeve.




The ace is the foundation that MSI has provided me. I have done research for various searches ranging from manufacturing to HR positions in multiple industries. This provided me the building block and entry point where MSI has begun construction for my future. After I have found qualified candidates, which took multiple tries the first time, I went on to the next step of the process, the cold recruiting calls. For these I utilized databases and other resources to find phone numbers connected to the qualified candidate and then listened to various recruiters pitch the job. This process allowed me to learn the nuances of cold calling and the knowledge of the position I was doing the search for. Gaining more exposure to the skills and experiences, I was allowed to help interview a candidate. In these interviews I broke down current responsibilities and areas of expertise, along with short term and long term career goals, as this was a key step in the candidate selection process. After the interview I was asked my opinion of the candidate and how I believed the interview went. This was an extremely exciting part of the process because as an intern I felt my input actually meant something that you do not usually see in other ordinary internships. Directly correlating with the interview was a formal candidate summary for the client. I was assigned a portion of this candidate summary based on my findings and beliefs of the candidate from the interview. This foundation of knowledge and experiences that MSI allowed me to gain are second to none and when someone interviews me and hears how involved and valued I was as an intern, they are shocked with the important pieces I was assigned.

This to me is where the MSI internship stands out. Tony and everyone has provided me with the foundation to succeed in the work force. They also gave me with real life projects that are important to the organization instead of busy work just to say that I interned with them. They had a trust in me that I would be able to complete this work to the best of my ability and that it will be satisfactory within the high standards of MSI. To have someone trust in you at such an early stage in your career is important to create the level of confidence needed to be successful in any field of study. That’s why having a good internship is important

So the question remains, how can you differentiate a good internship and a bad one? The answer can be pretty simple, good ones, provide an opportunity to gain valuable real world experience, while the bad ones, provide you with the experience of picking papers off of a printer and submitting files into folders for seven hours out of an eight hour day with the eighth hour being lunch. So how can you determine what the internship is like before you are working there? That is more difficult. This is where you have to be prepared by doing your research, and breaking down the job description posted and be willing to ask the right questions before, during, and after your interview with the company. For certain positions filing and sorting is inevitable, it comes with the job, but you do not want to have an internship where that is the majority of your day to day activity.



Try to find internships that discuss relevant aspects of your field of study. For my internship at MSI, Tony brought up terms such as recruiting, candidate summary reports, and maintaining a blog and twitter account. Tony also stressed the importance of utilizing my network, and leaving a legacy to help develop and prepare the future interns at MSI. He strongly suggested I contact Cam Sullivan, a former MSI intern and fellow athlete, to discuss what the internship was really like. Along with utilizing my network, Tony provided me a packet of letters from last semester’s interns and had a current intern, Catherine Campbell, interview me. This detailed process provided me realistic expectations of what MSI’s internship was like.


This information provided me guidelines and convinced me the standard at MSI was a commitment to excellence. MSI has taught me one of the most valuable lessons possible, never losing the ability to learn. An MSI internship is a stepping stone that propels you to your next chapter in life. So when looking for that internship, ask the tough questions, find out if that internship is the right fit or if they are just fluffing up the description to make it sound good on paper because in reality, it is your knowledge and experiences that will help you in an interview not the company’s name on a resume.

-Andrew Barton

Bryant University Class of 2017


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