So, it's true what they say, a good, firm handshake really could improve your chances of landing a new job.
In the very first 'handshake study', carried out in America (where else?), students were given a series of mock interviews. Before and after each interview they met with prospective colleagues, who were actually handshake experts in disguise.
The result? Those with the firmest grip and that all-important eye contact were far more likely to land the job – and women who gripped more strongly than men were rated even more highly.
'Women with a firm handshake received substantially higher ratings than did men with a handshake of the same firmness,' the study in the Journal of Applied Psychology reveals.
'Women may actually benefit more than men if they present a strong and complete grip.'