|Posted by Karin - VA on August 15, 2011 at 12:35 AM|
One of the very valueble lessons my mother taught me, was this: if you have to greet someone with a handshake, make sure your handshake is firm. As it is, I have quite a good grip anyway and quite a few men commented on it.
One day I was asked to go to a hospital for an interview. Admin related job. The admin manager - a guy - greeted me with a very weak handshake. I think I might have hurt him accidentally. Anyway, I had a good laugh about my mishap when I got home, not thinking that I would hear from him again. I was, after all, the applicant who bruised his hand. Okay, it wasn't quite that bad, but still.
A couple of days later I received a phone call from him. They don't want to appoint me for the full time position they interviewed me for, but they would love me to come and work for them for five months. Long term contract. That five months turned in to seven in the end, but that is a story for another day.
The day of my interview I was just myself. I don't like to pretend to be something or someone that I'm not. The fact that I 'bruised' his hand, obviously made an impression on him. Maybe he remembered me when he looked at his hand, I don't know. When someone gives me a firm handshake, it gives me confidence in that person. And that is what you want your clients to have in you.
Remember, it is the small things in life that can make the big differences!