Today’s media is full of body language experts discussing the alpha male handshake between Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump. Both leaders had extremely firm grips in a handshake that lasted 13 seconds with eye contact being maintained throughout. Both leaders appear to be vying to get a dominant grip but in the end, it appears that neither succeeded in this regard.
When you meet a potential employer or interviewer for the first time, there is no need to squeeze your interviewers hand to the extent that it is painful but it is extremely important to maintain a firm grip and eye contact throughout.
The best handshakes are firm but not bone crushing. Limp handshakes generally give off a very negative first impression and can jeopardise your chances of getting hired. The ideal handshake should only last a few seconds. The 13 second ordeal endured by Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump could prove very awkward in an interview situation. Another handshake best avoided is the two-handed grasp of your interviewer’s hand. As you are not going for political office, this could be considered as an over the top gesture.
Remember that you do not get a second chance with a first impression. A firm handshake which lasts a few seconds along with sustained eye contact will stand you in good stead in an interview situation.