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It has been commonplace to advise job-seekers to pay some attention to their handshaking.
Now, it seems, there is research to back up that recommendation.
At the University of Iowa, 98 student subjects interviewed with five local businesses and had their handshakes related by an independent handful of five raters.
Was there a correlation? Yes. Those who were rated as the best handshakers also scored as being more employable, extroverted, more at ease and with better eye contact. The weaker shakes seemed less outgoing and less impressive socially.
Managementtoday.com said it is ironic that, as employers tune u their selection tools, the handshake remains a powerful dynamic.
Perconally, I have never put a lot of stock in handshakes -- at least consciously -- because there can be so much variation in acculturation and physical strength.
When I advise people, though, I am going to have to tell them to work on their handshakes.
"We've always heard that interviewers make up their mind about a person in the first two or three minutes of an interview, no matter how long the interview lasts. We found that the first impression begins with a handshake that sets the tone for the rest of the interview.
"Job seekers are trained how to act in a job interview, how to talk, how to dress, how to answer questions, so we all look and act alike to varying degrees because we've all been told the same things."But the handshake is something that's perhaps more individual and subtle, so it may communicate something that dress or physical appearance doesn't.
"We probably don't consciously remember a person's handshake or whether it was good or bad," Stewart said. "But the handshake is one of the first nonverbal clues we get about the person's overall personality, and that impression is what we remember."
The findings will be published in September in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
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