Group Interview Etiquette for Shaking Hands

When you interview with a group of people rather than just one or two, etiquette dictates that you should still make an attempt to shake hands. The only time you wouldn't shake hands is if it's impractical -- such as if the arrangement of furniture in the room won't allow it. Always look to your interviewers for cues on whether they want to shake hands.

Beginning of Interview

Enter the interview room with a pleasant smile. Stand in front of the person with whom you are shaking hands and line up your shoulders. This conveys an open posture. Make eye contact with each person as you shake hands. Introduce yourself: Say your first and last name. If possible, avoid barriers between you and the person you're meeting. For example, walk around a desk or table to shake hands.

End of Interview

At the conclusion of the group interview, it's appropriate to shake hands with your interviewers and say things such as, "It was a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for the opportunity to interview. I'm looking forward to hearing your decision."

Large Group

When interviewing with a large group of people, it might not be necessary to shake everyone's hand. Instead, shake hands with the people who are closest to you and watch for cues from the other people to determine whether you should also shake their hands. For example, if seated interviewers stand up as you introduce yourself, you should shake their hands.

Proper Handshake Technique

Use a proper handshake technique to make a positive first impression on your interviewers. Extend your right hand with your palm facing the left. Grip the interviewer's hand firmly, making full contact with his palm. Hold your grip for approximately two to three seconds before releasing.