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How to Shake Someone's Hand ... in Case You've Forgotten

If you've ever had a job interview, you know shaking hands is very important. But we're all a little out of practice after the pandemic. So we thought we'd do a little refresher course. Here are five steps for the perfect handshake . . .

Businessmen shaking hands after meeting in a cafe

Photo: Getty Images

1. Wipe your hands off first. Even on your pants or shirt is better than nothing. No one wants to shake a clammy hand.

2. Try to be the one who initiates the handshake. It shows you're confident and excited to meet them. But be ready if they do it first.

3. Use your right hand. Sorry, lefties. The majority of the world is right-handed. So that's the rule.

4. Smile and make eye contact. Shaking someone's hand without looking at them is just weird.

5. Two to three pumps is good. Anything more than that starts to feel awkward. And make it a fairly strong handshake. Don't break their fingers, but don't give them a limp wrist either.


(Photo: Getty Images, Kritchanut, iStock)

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