Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ace Your Next Interview with the Right Handshake

I came across an interesting study recently that links successful interviewing with a firm handshake. Believe it or not the people with the best handshakes, men and women, are more "hireable".

What makes for a firm handshake? According to the researchers, good handshakes involve:
-a firm, complete grip
-eye contact
-vigorous up and down movement.

If you're not sure the quality of your handshake, test it out. Shake a few hands and see if the person gets a more or less favorable impression of you. Find out how to improve your handshake and you may just improve your chances of landing your next job. Read the full handshake article.

1 comment:

Allison Cheston said...

Maggie, I love this entry. I am a total stickler for a firm handshake and have frequently tested out my clients' paw firmness prior to sending them on interviews.

I have a belief that men who give women a limp hand have little insight into them as people--certainly not a good start in a hiring relationship.

In any case, it's a great thing to focus on as it solidifies the impression you make, and it's something concrete to focus on. Thanks for sharing that.