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Covid has killed the handshake, poll reveals

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How Covid killed the age-old handshake: Two-thirds of job seekers don’t want to shake an interviewer’s hand, study shows

  • Handshakes have been part of the job interview process for decades
  • Experts claim to be able to tell what the person is thinking through a brief encounter
  • Recruitment company Randstad surveyed 735 adults about handshaking










According to research data, Covid may have killed the traditional handshake at a job interview.

Two-thirds of job seekers don’t want to shake an interviewer’s hand amid lingering concerns about social distancing.

Only a third of the 735 adults surveyed by recruitment agency Randstad claimed it is still appropriate to shake hands during interviews.

Handshakes have been a regular part of the job interview for decades.

Two-thirds of job seekers don’t want to shake interviewer’s hand amid lingering concerns about social distancing

Some experts claim that the brief encounter allows them to tell what the person is thinking or feeling.

A limp hand can be seen as a sign of weakness, while a crushing handshake can show dominance.

Public health experts urged Britons to stop shaking hands early in the pandemic, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

Randstad said thousands of online tutorials and videos on perfecting the job-winning handshake may soon become obsolete.

Reservations about physical interactions, such as handshakes at work, persist amid lingering fears of contracting Covid in the workplace, it said.

Jenna Alexander, of Randstad, said: ‘The idea of ​​mandatory handshakes prior to the interview is now seen as a non-inclusive and unnecessary process, in the same sense as a long-distance commute to a physical meeting, according to the hundreds of job seekers. we probed.

The traditional greeting and parting interaction, which many find discouraging, has been identified as an old tradition that the majority hopes to shake off.

“Unfortunately, it took a global pandemic and government advice to change perceptions about this.

“The focus of the conversation is making sure the person is right for the job, not how well they shake hands.”

Why did scientists advise against handshakes?

At the start of the pandemic, experts believed that one of the most common ways of transmitting the coronavirus was by touching contaminated surfaces.

Studies showed that the virus itself, known as SARS-CoV-2, can survive on tabletops for several days.

Mobeen Rathore, chief of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, told the Huffington Post: “The most common mechanism of transmission is related to hands.

“We use them all the time, touching things all the time, and we’re not even aware of it.

“Then we touch our face all the time without even thinking about it.”

But the evidence on how Covid primarily spread began to shift towards the end of 2020.

Aerosol droplets are now thought to be the main way the virus jumps between humans.

Despite contaminated surfaces playing a minimal role in transmission, experts say people still need to sanitize their hands to stay safe.

They claim that the virus can still enter the body when infected hands touch the nose and mouth.

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