This Brief Tutorial Helps You Hone Your Handshake Skills

Kirstin Fawcett

Want to make a good first impression during a job interview? Start with your handshake. Research shows that people consider a firm, confident handshake to be reflective of an extroverted and emotionally expressive personality. These traits indicate that you work and collaborate well with others—particularly important skills to have in an office setting. Meanwhile, another study found that people who maintain a good grip and eye contact during a handshake receive higher ratings from potential bosses. 

If you’ve been accused of having a weak (or jerky, or limp) grip, watch the video above. Spotted by Lifehacker and filmed by job recruitment website ZipRecruiter, it provides some solid advice on how to achieve the perfect handshake. It also lists a few no-nos: fist bumps, high fives, and sweaty palms, to name a few. And if you're interviewing abroad, you can prepare by reading our primer on proper handshake etiquette around the world.  

[h/t Lifehacker]

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