Avoid these 4 Handshakes in MBA Admission Interviews

MBA Admission Interview HandshakesHandshake is a ritual that has been practiced from 4th Century BC in Ancient Greek as a gesture of peace and equality. In modern Businesses setting, handshake is the first point of contact with a stranger in most cases. For MBA Admission interviews, the first impression is created based on this simple gesture.

How Long Should It Last

The length of the handshake depends on the familiarity of the individuals. For first time meetings, the handshakes typically last between 3 to 5 seconds. For meetings with colleagues or partners that you already know, the handshake can last a little longer.

Type of Handshakes

As most Body Language experts would say, the nature of the handshakes speaks volumes about the person. Although there are 100s of variations of handshakes, the handshake in Business and MBA admission interviews are categorized into four types:

Dead Fish: This is the biggest giveaway that you are not confident about the interview, your candidacy or about the interviewer. You are nervous, and would rather sit down quickly, than shake hands with someone who is the gatekeeper of your future. That is when Dead Fish handshakes happen. You are thinking about something else. Maybe, your mind is preoccupied with the “Why MBA” and “Long-Term career path” questions. Be in the moment and avoid Dead Fish handshakes.

Sweaty Palms: A little bit of anxiety is actually good for focusing in the moment but when the level of anxiety increases to an unbearable level, it often leads to physical manifestation; either in the form of heavy breathing or sweaty palms. Make sure that you ...
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The Guide offers detailed examples and strategies to answer about yourself, career summary, innovation, frequent job switch, managing change, handling conflict, the greatest accomplishment, low grades, difficult boss, backup plan, industry, role and gives you tips on managing first impression, improve likeability and lists the questions that you should ask the MBA Admission interviewer.

The Guide includes commonly asked MBA Admission Interview Questions for:

1) Booth School of Business
2) Columbia Business School
3) Ivey Business School
4) Johnson Graduate School of Management
5) Insead
6) Kellogg School of Management
7) Stanford Graduate School of Business
8) London Business School
9) Harvard Business School
10) MIT Sloan School of Management
11) Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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