Say Goodbye to Firm Interview Handshakes??

Say Goodbye to Firm Interview Handshakes??

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Say Goodbye to Firm Interview Handshakes??
Times change and interview techniques are modified accordingly. However, the firm handshake has always been a representation of confidence of the interviewee and has continued over time, but perhaps; it is now time for the handshake to be replaced with something different? Current studies in the promotion and transference of germs and bacteria are strong believers in the termination of the interview handshake, claiming that fist bumps should be the new norm.



The Trend of the Fist Bump

Most of us would agree that a fist bump is an informal way of greeting close friends. Some of us have very select few people around us from whom we would appreciate a fist bump. However, who can deny trying to avoid a handshake when their palms are sweaty with nerves?

In order to promote cleanliness and reduced transferences of germs, as well as to avoid the sweaty palms, many different researches have been conducted with similar results.
What The Experts Have To Say?


A study was conducted in Wales at the Aberystwyth University, where scientists performed experiments to determine that a handshake transfers that highest amount of bacteria as compared to other hand-on-hand interactions. Their research proved to be successful, which is why they are now trying to promote the fist bump as the new handshake within all formal environments, especially during an outbreak of the flu.


The Public Health England adds even more to this change in interview trends, suggesting that Victorian age styled bows and curtsy would be even safer with regard to health concerns and germ transference.



The Germ Transference Experiment


The experiment conducted by the scientists involved the use of rubber gloves, which were dipped in a bacterial solution to cover them with E. coli. These gloves were then used as a means of performing various hand interactions to determine which one transferred the most bacteria. The three hand interactions were handshakes, fist bumps and high fives, all performed at various intensities.


To Conclude It All…


As published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the findings of the research show that the handshake transfers 10 times more germs as a fist bump, while a hive five was rated somewhere in between the two. It is believed that the shorter time duration of the fist bump, along with the smaller area of skin contact, is responsible for the reduced spread of germs and bacteria. However, only time will tell whether employers will continue the corporate trend of firm handshakes, followed by a dose of hand sanitizer; or whether they will opt for the new trend of the fist bump?



Tom Brunt

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