What’s a simple thing that can improve a first impression? — A handshake – All about a handshake

A handshake really does make a difference.

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2012/10/simple-improve-impression/

“a handshake preceding social interaction enhanced the positive impact of approach and diminished the negative impact of avoidance behavior on the evaluation of social interaction.”

“We found that it not only increases the positive effect toward a favorable interaction, but it also diminishes the impact of a negative impression. Many of our social interactions may go wrong for a reason or another, and a simple handshake preceding them can give us a boost and attenuate the negative impact of possible misunderstandings.”

 

5 things people can tell about you from your handshake:

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2011/12/5-things-people-can-tell-about-you-from-your/

1) There is a connection between the quality of that handshake after a job interview and whether or not you get an offer.

2) People can tell how extraverted and conscientious you are by your handshake.

3) Touching in general has incredible power: it makes us more persuasive, influences risk-taking, and improves team performance.

4) You can judge someone’s overall health by a handshake.

5) Your handshake says a lot about you sexually as well.

 

What can we tell about someone’s personality from their handshake?

We examined whether handshakes improved the accuracy with which participants judged a set of targets. Handshakes are interpersonally coordinated behaviors that require motivation and practice to perform well. Therefore conscientiousness may predict how well handshakes are executed. If so, a person’s conscientiousness may be more accurately perceived at zero-acquaintance through a handshake. Individual female and male participants rated the personality of five, same-gender targets after each had introduced herself or himself. Half of the targets offered and shook hands with the participant as part of the introduction, half did not. Extraversion was judged most accurately, regardless of handshake condition. Handshaking moderated impression accuracy of conscientiousness, especially between men, which may explain the importance business professionals place on face-to-face interviews.

 http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2011/04/what-can-we-tell-about-someones-personality-f/

 

What does your handshake say about you?

People with high grip-strength scores are usually healthier than those with weak grips. “They live longer and recover faster from injury,” Gallup says. “They have reduced disability, higher bone density and greater fat-free body mass.” And in a study published this year, Gallup and his son Andrew — at the time an undergraduate psychology major — found that males with high grip-strength scores reported being more aggressive and dominant and had more masculine body types (broader shoulders, narrower hips). They also had “increased sexual opportunities,” which resulted in an increased number of sexual partners, and younger ages of first sexual encounter. (For women, handgrip may be more about sexual protection than prowess: Gallup has found that women’s hand strength increases when they’re most fertile, a trait he says may have evolved to prevent forced impregnation by unwanted mates.)

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2011/06/what-does-your-handshake-say-about-you/

 

What does your grip say about you?:

A hell of a lot, especially if you’re male:

Handgrip strength (HGS) is a noninvasive measure of physical health that is negatively correlated with disability, morbidity, and mortality rates in adults. Highly heritable, HGS is indicative of blood testosterone levels and levels of fat-free body mass. In this study, we investigated whether HGS was related to measures of body morphology [shoulder-to-hip ratio (SHR), waist-to-hip ratio, and second-digit-to-fourth-digit ratio (2D:4D)], aggressive behavior, and sexual history in 82 male and 61 female college students. Results showed that ‘Handgrip strength’ was correlated with SHRs, aggressive behavior, age at first sexual intercourse, and promiscuity in males but not in females. HGS appears to be an honest signal for genetic quality in males.

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2010/03/what-does-your-grip-say-about-you/

 

How much does a firm handshake matter during a job interview?

Quality of handshake was related to interviewer hiring recommendations.

http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2010/01/how-much-does-a-firm-handshake-matter-during/

5 questions to ask your next boss in an interview

This is a modified excerpt from the article:
http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/21/5-questions-to-ask-your-next-boss/

 

 1) Ask your potential boss to tell you about his background

It goes without saying, everyone’s career is a little bit different but, as you’ve noticed, it can be hard to communicate with someone who has never stood in your shoes, or who did your current work so long ago that the issues and challenges involved have been lost in the past. Try to find any common interests, technologies, challenges.

 

 2) Ask yourself some critical questions about the person you’ll be working for. What do you hope to learn from this boss? Can you see him or her as a coach or a mentor? It’s often difficult to work for long with a manager who has little professional value to bring to the relationship.

 

 3) Ask what are the 5 best things you have learnt in the time in this company (or during his career). Also, 5 things you like about this project and 5 things you like least.

 

4) Ask about the key attributes they’re looking for. What would a successful candidate bring to the job? 

Any mismatch of characteristics could possibly be a flag for future expectations. If the manager expects you to shepherd the minions everyday or to put in 12-hour days or work on weekends, and if its not your kinda thing or may be you have a family/kids to care of, you have been warned here. 

 

5) Ask the manager to describe his favorite underlings, past or present. “A question like, ‘Can you tell me about the characteristics and behaviors of an employee who met or exceeded your expectations?’ will give you some useful insights into what this manager values most.”

If the response is, ‘They worked every night until 8 p.m. to get the job done, without complaining,’ and you value time with your family, then you know it won’t be a good fit.

My single best career tip!

My single best career tip! and the single best question to ask the interviewer.

 

 .. is this:

You know that part of the interview where they ask “well, do you have any questions for me?”…

Say yes and ask: “How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?”

This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice I’ve shared over the years. Why?

Well, the interview process lends itself to our becoming self-absorbed and talking only about ourselves.

Or conversely, we become “job analysis engineers” and ask all sorts of questions about the job and reporting structure and how it fits in with the company’s five year plan and so on. I love getting questions from candidates in interviews, but I do have to admit I feel that they’re not quitegetting the point of an interview if they pull out six pages of typed, single-spaced questions.

We get so obsessed with the details of the job that we forget about thework.

Working together and being a good addition to the team mean being concerned with how you are making the team successful. And that means being concerned with how much you are helping to make your boss successful.

Asking this question shows that you have empathy. It shows that you have an interest in your boss’ career and future success. It shows that you are not just a self-absorbed “what’s in it for me” kind of person. And it shows that you know you are there to “give” as much as you are there to “get”.

Subscribers like you say the interviewer’s face lights up when they ask this question. I have heard time and time again from our four-and-a-half million subscribers how effective it’s been in interviews:

And it’s got all the hallmarks of a great tip: it’s easy to do, easy to understand, and easy to measure.

So thank you, Dear Readers, for all you’ve done for me over these past eight years, and I will continue to do all I can for you, now and in the future.

Have a great first week of May!

The 24-Step Modern Resume

The 24-Step Modern Resume

This link has a few tips to create an impressive resume. Courtesy theladders.com

Use this list to ensure your resume gets where it needs to go and that it receives as high a ranking as possible, optimizing your chances of getting an interview.

Checklist

    1. Do not apply to a company multiple times if the positions do not match your experience and skills. Recruiters notice multiple submissions, and it reflects poorly on a candidate if he or she applies for jobs that aren’t a good fit.
    2. Don’t send your resume as an attachment. To avoid getting caught by security scans, paste it into the body of the e-mail.
    3. When e-mailing a resume, keep exclamation marks out of the subject line and body of the text.
    4. When e-mailing a resume, don’t use words in the document or headline that could be misinterpreted by spam filters. For example, use “graduated with high honors” instead of “graduated cum laude.”
    5. Include a professional or executive summary at the resume top, followed by a list of bulleted qualifications and/or achievements.
    6. Customize the professional/executive summary and bulleted list(s) with keywords that match a given job.
    7. Make sure the keywords in the executive summary and bulleted qualifications and achievements replicate those in the job posting.
    8. Keywords alone aren’t enough. State-of-the-art ATS technology relies on contextualization as well. Frame keywords with descriptive material that demonstrates experience and familiarity with the subject.
    9. Do not use abbreviations such as “Mgr” instead of “Manager.” It is unlikely that the ATS has been programmed with a list of abbreviations to stand in for keywords.
    10. Avoid misspellings. A misspelled keyword is a keyword that the ATS will miss, lowering your ranking.
    11. Use standard capitalization, not all lowercase or full capitals. Improper capitalization annoys recruiters.
    12. Fill in all the information requested by an online application process, even if it’s listed as optional. Recruiters often sort by optional information to filter out applicants, and filling in all fields will ensure you don’t erroneously get caught in a screening filter.
    13. Fill in all information requested by an online application process, even if it’s included in your resume. This information can be used to filter out applicants before a hiring manager comes to the point of opening the resume itself.
    14. If you’re being referred by an employee, make sure the ATS knows it, because it’s smart enough to care and will rate your resume higher.
    15. If the ATS offers options, opt for uploading your resume instead of cutting and pasting. This feature often parses information and saves it in the optimal format, ensuring the cleanest presentation.
    16. To avoid choking an ATS with a highly formatted resume, make sure your resume is in a clear, concise format, with your contact information located at the top instead of in the header or footer.
    17. Do not include graphics or logos on a resume; they can garble the information the ATS processes.
    18. Respond within 24 hours after hearing back from a company.
    19. Keep an eye on spam folders. Filters are so sensitive today that they can recognize e-mail that’s automatically generated — a category which both spam and follow-up e-mail generated from an ATS program can fall into.
    20. Adhere to instructions provided in follow-up e-mail. If the follow-up e-mail lacks a phone number but directs you to respond with your availability, respond via e-mail, not by calling. This will likely get you the fastest response.
    21. If you receive an automatically generated rejection e-mail, immediately contact the recruitment office of the rejecting organization or a sympathetic administrative assistant — anyone who can advise you as to the best way to replace the resume currently in the ATS with one containing better keywords and phrases.
    22. When reapplying after an initial rejection, tweak executive summaries and bulleted lists of key skills and achievements. Don’t alter your work history elements.
    23. When reapplying, don’t try to use a different e-mail address from the one you used on your first try. This isn’t enough to avoid a duplicate record in advanced systems such as Taleo, which use multiple candidate identifiers, so make sure to follow Step #21.
    24. Once your customized resume has been resubmitted, contact the appropriate recruiter (or sympathetic administrative assistant) and request that your updated resume be reviewed for the open position.