Don’t underestimate the power of a handshake and its ability to influence! First impressions are made in a matter of seconds – what does your handshake say about you?
When greeting your interviewer think about these tips:
Too hot or too cold
Don’t start off the interview making excuses. Whether it’s the temperature outside or just your nerves, the person interviewing you doesn’t want to grab a sweaty or ice cold hand. Washing your hands just prior to the interview is a great quick fix in either scenario.
Get a Grip
A really limp handshake or one where you only use the tips of your fingers is a sure fire way to ruin a handshake. Practice shaking hands and be sure to use your whole hand, while at the same time, applying a firm but friendly squeeze.
While shaking hands, remember to focus your attention on the interviewer. A smile along with good eye contact demonstrates your keen interest and creates a welcoming start.
One and Done
A handshake should not last long. Holding on for too long will create a sense of awkwardness. Also, don’t make the mistake of shaking your interviewers hand like you would a Martini. A quick pump, up and down, should do it.
Having a great handshake won’t guarantee you a job, but don’t let it stand in the way either!