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Stewart: Shake Hands in an Interview, Use Sanitizer

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a guide for religious groups that encourages "social distancing measures." Job interviews also present a tricky quandary these days. "The handshake is such an important part of the business culture that a job candidate is really taking a chance by not doing it," said Greg Stewart, a management professor at The University of Iowa. "Our research has shown that it's one of the most important indicators of a person's interpersonal dimensions, so not shaking hands might reflect badly." He advises washing hands or using hand sanitizer before and after interviews.


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