Want to land that job? Start with the right handshake—it’s one of the first things a job interviewer will notice, and could set you up for success versus a scoot back to square one.
Researchers at University of Manchester in England
studied what makes a great—and not-so-great shake.
Here’s what they uncovered:
- Give a firm—but not too firm—squeeze using your right hand.
- Offer about three shakes using a medium level of vigor.
- Shake no longer than three seconds.
- Make sure your palms are cool and dry.
- Accompany the handshake with these actions: eye contact, a warm smile, and an appropriate verbal statement, such as your full name and, “Nice to meet you.”
“A soft handshake can indicate insecurity, whilst a quick-to-let-go handshake can suggest arrogance," added Dr. Geoffrey Beattie, a researcher on the study.
Don't sweat it
What are the biggest handshake “don’ts”?
- Sweaty palms
- Loose grip or limp wrist
- Gripping too hard
- Not making eye contact
- Shaking too vigorously
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