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Back to basics: getting a good grip

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A good, well-timed handshake to pair with your grin is a sure way to stand out, whether you’re at the company picnic or an industry conference. Here’s how important it is: The prospective employee with the best handshake is more likely to get the job, research shows.

Even if you’re not a job-seeker, a good handshake will grant you instant rapport when meeting someone new.

With that in mind, here’s a refresher course on the perfect handshake:

Focus on the person whose hand you’re shaking. Look her directly in the eyes until you break the shake.

Keep your grip firm and assertive but not too tight. General rule of thumb: Grasp as tightly as your partner.

Two up-and-down pumps are adequate. The shake should last about three seconds.

Two-handed handshakes are a sign of real affection, so steer clear of them when meeting new people.

Be ready to shake, regardless of your gender or the other person’s gender. The other person will remember that you
extended your hand first.

Avoid clammy hands by keeping your hands at your side, close to your clothing. If the other person’s hand is moist, don’t wipe your hand when the handshake is over.

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