Exploring the Handshake in Employment Interviews

Greg L. Stewart, Susan L. Dustin, Murray R. Barrick, Todd C. Darnold

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

56 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The authors examined how an applicant's handshake influences hiring recommendations formed during the employment interview. A sample of 98 undergraduate students provided personality measures and participated in mock interviews during which the students received ratings of employment suitability. Five trained raters independently evaluated the quality of the handshake for each participant. Quality of handshake was related to interviewer hiring recommendations. Path analysis supported the handshake as mediating the effect of applicant extraversion on interviewer hiring recommendations, even after controlling for differences in candidate physical appearance and dress. Although women received lower ratings for the handshake, they did not on average receive lower assessments of employment suitability. Exploratory analysis suggested that the relationship between a firm handshake and interview ratings may be stronger for women than for men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1139-1146
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume93
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Fingerprint

Interviews
Students
Personality

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

Cite this

Exploring the Handshake in Employment Interviews. / Stewart, Greg L.; Dustin, Susan L.; Barrick, Murray R.; Darnold, Todd C.

In: Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 93, No. 5, 09.2008, p. 1139-1146.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Stewart, Greg L. ; Dustin, Susan L. ; Barrick, Murray R. ; Darnold, Todd C. / Exploring the Handshake in Employment Interviews. In: Journal of Applied Psychology. 2008 ; Vol. 93, No. 5. pp. 1139-1146.
@article{add47858faaa4861ad748c5250d893f4,
title = "Exploring the Handshake in Employment Interviews",
abstract = "The authors examined how an applicant's handshake influences hiring recommendations formed during the employment interview. A sample of 98 undergraduate students provided personality measures and participated in mock interviews during which the students received ratings of employment suitability. Five trained raters independently evaluated the quality of the handshake for each participant. Quality of handshake was related to interviewer hiring recommendations. Path analysis supported the handshake as mediating the effect of applicant extraversion on interviewer hiring recommendations, even after controlling for differences in candidate physical appearance and dress. Although women received lower ratings for the handshake, they did not on average receive lower assessments of employment suitability. Exploratory analysis suggested that the relationship between a firm handshake and interview ratings may be stronger for women than for men.",
author = "Stewart, {Greg L.} and Dustin, {Susan L.} and Barrick, {Murray R.} and Darnold, {Todd C.}",
year = "2008",
month = "9",
doi = "10.1037/0021-9010.93.5.1139",
language = "English",
volume = "93",
pages = "1139--1146",
journal = "Journal of Applied Psychology",
issn = "0021-9010",
publisher = "American Psychological Association Inc.",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Exploring the Handshake in Employment Interviews

AU - Stewart, Greg L.

AU - Dustin, Susan L.

AU - Barrick, Murray R.

AU - Darnold, Todd C.

PY - 2008/9

Y1 - 2008/9

N2 - The authors examined how an applicant's handshake influences hiring recommendations formed during the employment interview. A sample of 98 undergraduate students provided personality measures and participated in mock interviews during which the students received ratings of employment suitability. Five trained raters independently evaluated the quality of the handshake for each participant. Quality of handshake was related to interviewer hiring recommendations. Path analysis supported the handshake as mediating the effect of applicant extraversion on interviewer hiring recommendations, even after controlling for differences in candidate physical appearance and dress. Although women received lower ratings for the handshake, they did not on average receive lower assessments of employment suitability. Exploratory analysis suggested that the relationship between a firm handshake and interview ratings may be stronger for women than for men.

AB - The authors examined how an applicant's handshake influences hiring recommendations formed during the employment interview. A sample of 98 undergraduate students provided personality measures and participated in mock interviews during which the students received ratings of employment suitability. Five trained raters independently evaluated the quality of the handshake for each participant. Quality of handshake was related to interviewer hiring recommendations. Path analysis supported the handshake as mediating the effect of applicant extraversion on interviewer hiring recommendations, even after controlling for differences in candidate physical appearance and dress. Although women received lower ratings for the handshake, they did not on average receive lower assessments of employment suitability. Exploratory analysis suggested that the relationship between a firm handshake and interview ratings may be stronger for women than for men.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=54449098415&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=54449098415&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1037/0021-9010.93.5.1139

DO - 10.1037/0021-9010.93.5.1139

M3 - Article

VL - 93

SP - 1139

EP - 1146

JO - Journal of Applied Psychology

JF - Journal of Applied Psychology

SN - 0021-9010

IS - 5

ER -