The vital handshake

NEVER mind polishing your resume. Work on the handshake instead to get that job—at least that's what a new research suggests. According to University of Iowa researchers, a firm handshake is key to getting a good job. In the study scientists had put 98 students through mock job interviews with business people. The students also met those trained in firm handshakes who, unknown to the students, rated their grips.

Separately, the business people graded each student's overall performance and ‘hireability’. The two groups’ scores were then compared. Students who got high handshake marks were also rated most ‘hireable’. "We have 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," Live Science quoted study leader Greg Stewart, associate professor of management and organisations at the University of Iowa, as saying. "We found that the first impression begins with a handshake that sets the tone for the rest of the interview," he added.

According to Stewart, handshakes provide a glimpse of the real you."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 have been told the same things," he said. He added: "But the handshake is something that's perhaps more individual and subtle." — ANI