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Solid Handshake Key in Job Interviews, Study Shows

Smartening up and smiling are key tactics for job-seekers, but a simple well-delivered handshake could trump them both, according to a new study. Research by the University of Iowa found applicants with a firm handshake are far more likely to get the job than candidates with a limp grip. "We found that the first impression begins with a handshake that sets the tone for the rest of the interview," said researcher GEORGE STEWART, associate professor of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business.

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