IELTS Essay 1188 - Your first impressions when you meet someone are always right

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

“Your first impressions when you meet someone are always right.”

Do you agree with this statement?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer 1:
The first impression, without a doubt, has a great importance, but it does not always reveal the true characteristics of a person and I personally believe that first impressions are not always accurate. This essay discusses why the first impression may often be deceptive and less important in judging someone.

To begin with, the first impression often reflects a great deal of information about a person, especially if we meet this person all of a sudden. We can judge him from the way he dresses, speaks, starts a conversation and expresses his views. This is often the true reflection of a person's real character. But this can often be ambiguous. For instance, my experience has taught me that persons who make quick friends are less serious about a long-term friendship though they give an opposite impression on their first meet.

Moreover, people try to behave modestly, act friendly and show compassion when they meet someone. Only a long-term observation can express their true nature and intention. From this regards, I would not agree with the view that my initial impressions about someone are always right. I believe we can learn a great deal about a person only when we intimately spend time with the person, just not from our first meeting.   

To conclude, people are one of the greatest mysteries in the world and judging someone at the first meet is kind of irrational. No doubt a great deal about someone could be learned from the first encounter, but this is not always right, at least not in my experience.


Sample Answer 2:
Often first impressions form the basis for judging a person’s personality and background. There are two lines of thoughts when considering the significance of first impressions. I am inclined to agree that first impression is important to some extent; however, my support is in the favour of knowing the person better instead of establishing the judgments just on looks and the way of dressing as I support the more holistic way of getting to know people.

To begin with, I believe that the first impression only gives just a glimpse of somebody’s character. There can be a variety of underlying factors and reasons for why the person is behaving in a particular way.  If someone, for example, is in their own world and does not initiate a conversation and does not smile in a party where it is required to mingle, it could be because maybe the person is not well enough or have a serious trouble in the family. Judging by his first impressions, that person can be easily labelled as arrogant and unfriendly. However, if someone made an effort to know the person and the reason behind being a recluse in the party, the former judgment is entirely reversed. In addition, outer appearances change and evolve but the inner personality remains the same. People who form their perception on the basis of outer fleeting appearances are often considered shallow and narrow.

On the contrary, there are instances where first impressions are of foremost importance, such as in job interviews. Recruiters are specifically trained to sort potential employees just on the basis of the first impression and recruiters hope that they are right. The first impression not only includes the way of dressing, but also the way a person speaks and carries himself.

To conclude, although there are instances where the first impression matters and needed to be taken into account, I strongly believe that it is always prudent to get to know a person before jumping to a conclusion.

[By - Neha]

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Write about the following topic:

“Your first impressions when you meet someone are always right.”

Do you agree with this statement?

It is evident that 'what comes from inside goes outside', and under this shared perception, people often judge others which remains for a long time. However, some disagree with this particular belief and claim that it is not right to hastily categorise an individual, for it takes time to truly know a person. Personally, I am on the proposition that it is superficial to single out a person based primarily on looks and initial assessments.

The community nowadays is very diverse and we do not know about all the heterogeneity of people who we meet in our life. Many new characteristics have emerged - a very unique trait for a human - and it is seemly difficult to identify an individual to be bad or good just from their appearance and initial interactions. If initial impressions had always been right, we would have been surrounded by people who are always good and never deceive us. Sadly, this is not always the case as we are often fooled by people we trust. Ideally, striking up many deep conversations and practical experiences help reveal the real personality of an individual.

Aside from establishing connections to someone, one consideration that disagrees with the common perception is the fact that some genuinely kind individuals are dreaded by social interactions. Introverts and shy type of persons tend to take time in order to blend in and when we judge these people with the first impression they make, we will surely be mistaken. For example, a close friend of mine hates meeting new people, and thus displays a strict and unnameable mood just to elude friendly encounter. But if you know him closely, you will find him to be a very considerate and generous person.

To conclude, our initial assessment of a person can often be just the opposite to their true nature, and this is why we should take time to characterise someone.