Imagine you are preparing for a job interview. You've done your research. You've had your hair cut. Your breath is sweet as a daisy. Bet you won't have given any thought at all to another make or break aspect of your impact.
New research from the University of Iowa confirms that a firm handshake is an important part of a successful job interview, while a "dead fish" can put the panel off before you begin.
"We've always heard that interviewers make up their minds in the first two or three minutes, no matter how long the interview lasts," says Greg Stewart at the Tippie College of Business. "We found that the first impression starts with the handshake and sets the tone for the whole interview."
So what are you?
Only one way to find out. Shake a friend's hand and ask for some feedback.