Q) In a job interview, does the handshake really matter?

August 27, 2013

Career Advice

Job Interview - does Handshake really matter?A) No. But here’s what does matter: a first impression. And often the first thing a potential candidate is doing is shaking hands with their potential manager or coworker. So it’s not necessarily the handshake itself that matters but all the qualities that surround it.

Focus on making strong eye contact — it shows that your confident. Start the greeting off with a smile — it shows that your friendly and easy to work with. Focus on your body language — don’t turn your body away immediately before or after the handshake or you’ll look a little closed off.

If you want to seal the deal by giving a firm grip during the handshake, by all means, go for it. But keep in mind that the most important parts of a handshake are not the strength of your grip but the strength of your character.

What do you think is most important during a handshake? Comment below!

Image via Alvaro Canivell/flickr.


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