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Handshakes are extremely important in the job search.

Elements of a good handshake that makes a positive impression:

  • Firm.
  • Dry.
  • Full contact, palm to palm.
  • When you extend your right hand, your palm faces left, not up or down.
  • Gender neutral. Women and men give and receive the same type of handshake.
  • Held for about two to three seconds.
  • Eye contact during handshake.
  • Exchange verbal introduction or greeting during handshake.
  • Smile (unless handshake occurs during expression of condolence or other situation in which a smile would not convey the appropriate message).


Need practice just on the handshake?
If you visit us for drop-in advising or an appointment, we'll be glad to give you feedback on your handshake.