Monday, November 2, 2009

It's All about the Shake

We all know the famous song:

You put your right hand in,
You put your right hand out,
You put your right hand in,
And you shake it all about!

For the Hokey Pokey, it's all about the shake! For a first impression in a job interview or at a career fair, it's also all about the shake...the handshake!

Here are a few helpful tips for a proper handshake:

Start early. Be the first to stand up and offer your hand. Make sure you meet them head-on, facing them directly.

Make Eye Contact. This should be a no-brainer and shows confidence!

Firm vs. Soft. Try to avoid the dead fish shake and the bone-crunching shake. Find a nice balance and remember that shaking a woman’s hand should be no different than shaking a man’s.

Ending a Handshake. End the handshake after 3-4 seconds or 2-3 pumps in order to avoid creating an awkward moment.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll have any employer eating out of the palm of your hand (pun intended)!

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