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Stewart Research Shows Importance of Handshake

A firm, well-delivered handshake is crucial to clinching that job interview or contract. Hands-down it wins over dress or physical appearance, reports a new study from the University of Iowa to be published in September in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Interviewers generally make up their mind about a person in the first three to four minutes of an interview and "those who have a good firm handshake have higher interview ratings 30 minutes later," says GREG STEWART, professor at University of Iowa.

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