do people unconsciously smell their hands after shaking?

(Telegraph) Do you have a terrible handshake?

By  1:09PM GMT 04 Mar 2015

A limp handshake is one of the worst mistakes people make in interview situations, but it’s just one of several awful hand-based greetings, explains Jake Wallis Simons

I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s nothing worse than a limp handshake. Actually, there is: a limp handshake from a chap who has not washed his hands.

New research has revealed that just 38 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women wash their hands after visiting the lavatory. Add that to a flaccid grip, and… ick.

Little wonder, then, that scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, have discovered that people tend to unconsciously smell their hands after shaking, “just like rats”.

There can be little doubt that shaking hands well is a skill. Getting it wrong can spell disastrous consequences. Research published this week suggests that a lacklustre shake is one of the biggest mistakes people make during job interviews. A poor handshake really can damage your career prospects, it seems.

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