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Stewart Discourages Fist Bumps in Job Interviews

The handshake may always have a firm grip on business, but the fist bump is making inroads -- albeit in the face of some resistance. The handshake has been a part of business since the dawn of commerce and it is too entrenched to be replaced, says University of Iowa management professor GREG STEWART, who recently completed a study confirming that a firm handshake at a job interview is as helpful as a dead-fish handshake is detrimental. The study is scheduled to be published in the September issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology. Fist bumps did not come up during the research, but Stewart strongly discourages them at job interviews.

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