The pandemic was a crazy time. Our usual greetings like hugging and handshakes become socially unacceptable and potentially dangerous. But as we start to put ourselves back out there, meet new people and interview for jobs we may need a refresher on things like... handshake etiquette. I think you'll find that once you start doing it again, it'll be just like riding a bike, but just in case, Zippia has put together a stop by step guide on what to do (paraphrased by me):
- Wipe your clammy ass hands. No one likes a moist handshake.
- Be confident! Try to be the one who initiates the hand shake, but be ready for it if the other person extends their hand first.
- Use your right hand. If you're a lefty this may seem unfair, but TOO BAD! Most people are right handed, so that's the rule!
- Don't be weird. Smile and make eye contact.
- A couple shakes will do! Offer a firm handshake. Don't break my fingers, but it shouldn't feel like I'm shaking hands with a soggy noodle.
Or just do what these guys do: