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10 Body Language Blunders to Avoid on the Job

Excelle

September 23, 2009

3. The Handshake


The handshake is your first chance to make a non-verbal impression. To begin with, you should endeavor to be the first to offer the handshake. You don’t want your arm flying up wildly in a desperate attempt to be first. However, when someone new comes in and says your name (usually as a question) extend your hand and reply.

When the handshake begins, make sure you extend your arm without fear. If there is any hesitation on your part, you’ll end up shaking fingers.

Aim for two pumps. Many more than that and your handshake partner will see you as exceedingly nervous (or that you’re trying to rip of their arm).

Keep your hands dry. No one likes to reach out and touch someone if they’ve got clamy palms. Step 1: Don’t clench your fists. This will make your hands warm and build up sweat. If that’s not enough, wash your hands regularly (drying well) or keep a kleenex in your pocket.

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    Frank_Ball

    about 4 years ago

    19756 comments

    Please keep your comments on topic to the article -- Any comments posted with embedded links leading to questionable infected sites outside MonsterCollege will be removed and the poster's account will be banned from MonsterCollege. Thank you.

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    DavidChou

    over 4 years ago

    362 comments

    unconsciousily, you show when you are nervous after hours of prepariation. interview may be harder than work alone.

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    PolarCodester1980

    almost 5 years ago

    22 comments

    are you kidding? Brow furrowing? I'm sorry, but automatic tics can't be avoided. If employers really look at that sort of thing, they are focusing waay too much on unrelated subject matter.

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    Lorddarion

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I'm really happy that I didn't fumble on any of these rules in my last two interviews [w/ Brown & Harvard]. I hope to have the same success in my next one [hopefully with Yale].

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    rozelle13

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    5. Brow Furrowing: "While their may be subtle distinctions..."

    Incorrect "their/there/they're". What happened to proofreading as a professional must?

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    Mr_College

    about 5 years ago

    282 comments

    Good luck Jonny- what color tie you going with?

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    Jonny_Utah

    about 5 years ago

    232 comments

    I need to pay attention to this stuff, I have an interview next week!