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Once upon a time, and maybe in the future... handshakes were extremely important in the job search.

What replaces the handshake in virtual recruiting?
Good eye contact, a friendly smile, and good listening.

Elements of a good handshake that make 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).