Funny handshake?

New York, NY

#1 Mar 9, 2013
I'm a hiring manager currently interviewing candidates. I had a candidate come in yesterday. She was a great candidate- excellent credentials and a string of successes in some very demanding roles.

Her handshake at the beginning was completely off-putting, though. She squeezed my hand rather than shaking with me in a "masculine" way. It was an odd gesture because she was young (mid-30s) and had worked in at leading strategy consulting firms, so she was undoubtedly aware of business protocol.

Was she doing this because I am female?

I was a bit insulted, and she only recovered because of her strong interview.

Newport, NY

#2 Mar 21, 2013
Almost every bit of guidance about "handshaking" speaks to "firm" (not flimsy) and few differentiate between male and female handshakes.

This is one of those things where it may be your personal feeling, preference or bias (not intended to be taken as offensive or critical) butting heads with a lot of advice being spewn about the internet giving people (sometimes) questionable advice about such things.

This was probably some nervous candidate who probably read stuff about how to dress, how to shake hands, etc. and thought se was doing well. Why, when she interviewed so well, are you so focused on this? What are your concerns?

For the record, you probably would get much quicker responses to your questions if you post them on a more popular HR forum such as resources . It is free and answersare provided quickly and competently!

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