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Nailing The Perfect Handshake

Have you ever stopped to think about what your handshake says about you? National Handshake Day got us thinking: a handshake that’s too aggressive may leave people overwhelmed, while a weak handshake can make your interviewer think you’re not assertive enough. Learn how to master a handshake that’s confident but relaxed.
September 21, 2017

Have you ever stopped to think about what your handshake says about you? National Handshake Day got us thinking: a handshake that’s too aggressive may leave people overwhelmed, while a weak handshake can make your interviewer think you’re not assertive enough. Learn how to master a handshake that’s confident but relaxed.

Give a good firm handshake, but don’t squeeze people’s hands in a vice grip. A handshake that’s too powerful can make you come as across as desperate, or even overly aggressive.

Always use your right hand to shake hands, even if you’re left-handed. You’ll run into an awkward hand clash if you attempt to put your left hand out, because the person you’re shaking hands with will undoubtedly put their right hand out automatically.

Maintain good posture. Strong posture shows that you’re enthusiastic and engaged. It will also give you a boost of confidence and calm your nerves, since you’ll breathe better when you sit up or stand tall.

Smile and make eye contact. People with poor eye contact can come seem nervous or disinterested. Smiling will put both you and your interviewer at ease. Not to mention, it’s always helpful to be friendly and polite!

Don’t hold on to someone’s hand too long. The two-second rule is a good guideline for how long a handshake should last.

Finally, repeat the person’s name when you meet them. This is an old mental trick that will help you remember their name the next time you see them.