Knowing When to Shake Hands
- Job interviews
- Initial meetings of coworkers and your supervisor
- Greeting and saying goodbye to business partners or clients
- When acting as a host for an event
- When introduced as a guest at an event
How to Properly Shake Hands
- Go in straight for the handshake, with your palm vertical to the ground. Don't put your palm over the other person's palm, as this signifies dominance. Dominance is not something a young professional wants to convey in most circumstances. It may come off as arrogance and disrespect for the status quo. Save the palm-over-palm technique for when you're the boss.
- Clasp the entire hand, curling your index finger and thumb slightly in to each other.
- Squeeze their hand and release after approximately 2-5 seconds. During this time, the other person may pump your hand up and down from the elbow.
- Make eye contact while introducing yourself. In most cases, your superior will start the introduction and offer their hand to you first. Respond with a proper handshake while making eye contact and say your name.
If you're uncertain of the importance of proper hand shaking, realize that a poor hand shake generally reflects negatively on you.
For better or worse, many people base their assumptions about you on how you shake hands. Do you approach a hand shake professionally and decisively, or do you shy away and offer a limp handshake? Do you try to overpower your client? Or do you respectfully grasp their hand and release?