The simple handshake is often overlooked as one of the ideal opportunities to make a lasting impression with a potential employer. Limp reluctant handshakes or vice-grip like handshakes do not give out a good first impression in an interview situation.
A firm handshake accompanied by good eye contact and a smile is an excellent way of building rapport with your interviewer. Below are 3 good tips in regards how to master your interview handshake.
Tip 1: Dry Hands
Ensure that your hands are dry prior to meeting your interviewer as they will definitely not appreciate a wet, sweaty handshake. Nervousness may cause your hands to be sweaty so ensure you carry a piece of fabric or a handkerchief to dry your hands in the moments leading up to your interview.
Tip 2: The Firm Grip
When you shake hands with your interviewer pay particular attention to the strength of your grip. You should use a firm grip and shake hands only a few times. Avoid vice-like grips as these could be misinterpreted as trying to display dominance.
Tip 3: Practice Makes Perfect
Practice shaking hands with friends and family prior to your intervierw.This will ensure that you have perfected your technique and the handshake will occur naturally on your interview day.
A handshake is one of the first opportunities you have to make a good first and lasting impression with a potential employer. It should always be remembered that you don’t get a second chance to make a lasting first impression.