Yesterday, I got the chance to talk about something I know has been bugging thousands of professionals all over the UK, and probably beyond…
… the importance of a decent handshake.
At a Young Enterprise ‘Learn to Earn’ event at St. Philomena’s Catholic High School in Carshalton, the girls spent the day learning about what to expect when they choose to get on their career ladder. From what types of job they could consider to how to manage their personal expenditure without going beyond their means, they learned a lot of what I wish I had been taught when I was at school.
The girls talked about the importance and purpose of a CV, what they needed to do in terms of preparation for an interview, and also what to expect when they arrive and meet a potential employer.
This includes offering their hand for a firm hand shake.
A good hand shake should look like this:
And as small a point as this may be, a weak handshake can be the make or break between a good or bad impression. Don’t even think of shaking hands without making eye contact… you’ll just seem insincere.
Your handshake could be interpretted as your attitude to the person and the situation. Offer a confident handshake and your perception is already positive.
Although not too hard… you don’t want to start a power play game do you?
Susanne Dansey is the Managing Director of Purple Cow Ideas Management – an organisation that helps technology organisations redesign their business models to help them build better relationships with their customers. You can follow the team on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook.