The handshake is an essential element to establish yourself as confident, poised and the ideal candidate for a job.
Here are examples of typical bad
handshakes and ways to ensure yours doesn't sabotage your hiring chances:
1. Clammy hand.
You might be nervous; that’s OK. When you arrive (a bit early—never
be late), politely ask the receptionist or security guard to use the restroom before the interview. Wash your hands with ice cold water. No sweaty palms for you.
2. The limp fish.
—give the limp handshake. Men, it is insulting to a woman to extend just your fingers. I promise you won’t hurt your female interviewer with those strong manly fingers.
3. The gentle lady.
You are not a princess, at least not in the workplace. You are a candidate for the job. Shake hands like an adult—not someone expecting the interviewer to kiss your hand.
Simple steps for a great handshake:
• Your thumbs and palms should connect with theirs;
• The shake is firm (not knuckle breaking);
• Make direct eye contact;
• Introduce yourself with a smile and your name;
• Let the interviewer know you appreciate their time.
You’ve made a great first impression. Well done.
Lorra M. Brown is an assistant professor of public relations/professional communication at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. She serves as the internship coordinator and advisor to the Student Public Relations Association. Prior to her faculty position, she held senior-level positions at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Weber Shandwick Worldwide.