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The ABCs of Handshake Etiquette

Hamsa Ramesha | Monster

2. Sweaty Business

The Shake: Heavy moisture on the skin or clammy hands that may or may not shake on impact due to stress and nerves.

Grade: F

What This Says About You: Don’t bother saying anything; your handshake has spoken volumes. The interviewer is only thinking one thing: “Disinfectant, ASAP.” Not only does a sweaty handshake reflect a very nervous candidate, it also leaves the interviewer with a strong negative reaction that’s pretty hard to shake. Sweaty hands also make you seem like a more desperate job seeker — which is never a good thing.

If you’re so nervous that you’re sweating buckets, find out what’s causing your anxiety in the first place. Carry tissues to wipe your hands with just before the interview, or dab a little baby powder to keep your hands dry and smelling nice!

The same applies for oily, dirty, and overly moisturized hands. Remember this: Your handshake shouldn’t literally leave an impression on your interviewer!

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