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View Poll Results: What do you do when going on an interview or meeting someone new in terms of greeting?
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Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

Old 08-23-20, 12:48 PM
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Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

so a friend of mine is going on an interview next week and asked me if i knew what the protocol was given the circumstances of our time right now. i said, i really have no idea.

when i've met some people out and about that i knew from a time ago, we've done the elbow thing or the fist bump, but i assume that wouldn't be appropriate when meeting someone new or going on a job interview these days.

i met someone new yesterday around my block who wanted to introduce herself bc i had written a really good essay to the community who I am doing this mail-in ballot thing i discussed in another thread. we had masks on and all that, but she immediately went to shake my hand. i didn't hesitate and shook back so as not to be rude or anything, but was a little weirded out bc i have literally not shaken someone's hand in some time.

so, i was wondering, for anyone who has met someone new lately or especially if you have recently gone on a job interview, what do you do?

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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

If it's a job interview, it's probably going to be done via Zoom or Video conference. Unless it's a service industry job.

So no handshakes etc.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
If it's a job interview, it's probably going to be done via Zoom or Video conference. Unless it's a service industry job.
no, it's in person, at a hospital, in a lab or something.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

Originally Posted by OldBoy View Post
i met someone new yesterday around my block who wanted to introduce herself bc i had written a really good essay to the community who I am doing this mail-in ballot thing i discussed in another thread.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

Originally Posted by William Fuld View Post
very insightful.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

Wait for the interviewer to make the gesture (or not). Basic non-verbal communication skills. If he's interviewing as a lab tech in a hospital, no communication or human interaction skills required.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

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Wait for the interviewer to make the gesture (or not). Basic non-verbal communication skills. If he's interviewing as a lab tech in a hospital, no communication or human interaction skills required.
What??? Am I understanding you to say lab technicians and technologists don't require the above?

Depending if it's as a lab technician, or a lab technologist, different levels of both the above are absolutely required. Technicians are interacting with patients, frequently. Technologists still have to work with each other, as well as technicians, doctors, nurses, and occasionally with patients, as well.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

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we had masks on and all that, but she immediately went to shake my hand. i didn't hesitate and shook back so as not to be rude or anything, but was a little weirded out bc i have literally not shaken someone's hand in some time.
Fuck that, be rude. It’s not reasonable these days for someone else to expect you to be comfortable with their level of spreading their germs around.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

I'm going with elbow bump because it's safer than shaking hands or fist bumping. Also, I think that it's pretty amusing, especially with older people; it's kind of like a greeting that an alien race would use in a bad '50s sci-fi movie. Actually, Magenta and Riff Raff do something similar in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Yeah, elbow bump.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

I shake hands when it is extended. JFC we are all not going to die like some would lead you to believe.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

You shouldn't be doing any of that. I've had meetings, vendors, etc at my work and I just say "nice to meet you" and go from there. Why would you need to physically touch them?
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

Because I will shake their hand when extended...not sure this was a quiz. I don't immediately lick my hand afterwords if you are wondering.
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Other: head bow
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Not taking the extended hand may be rude, but it's much more rude to shake the hand, then frantically sanitize.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

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JFC we are all not going to die like some would lead you to believe.
It was a stupid, pointless, unhygienic tradition before the pandemic, and it's not any more worthwhile now. I've lost track of how many times I've heard someone say that the best advice they'd ever been given about attending trade shows, conventions, festivals, etc. was to not shake anyone's hand; they used to get sick every single time they'd attended one of those things, and once they stopped shaking hands, like magic, they returned home healthy.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

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no, it's in person, at a hospital, in a lab or something.
I would make no gesture to shake hands and if the interviewer reached out, I would mention Covid-19. Given the current state of the pandemic, the interviewer should understand.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

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It was a stupid, pointless, unhygienic tradition before the pandemic, and it's not any more worthwhile now.
Yes. It's a really stupid, pointless, unhygienic tradition that people attach way too much meaning to.

Shaking someone's fucking had isn't going to give you insight into their character.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

Try the foot tap. If the interviewer looks at you strange run out of the room.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

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Shaking someone's fucking had isn't going to give you insight into their character.
Maybe not IF they shake hands but HOW they shake hands.
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No hand shaking, no hugging, no kissing, no touching, 6 feet apart, and masked! Stay away! I don't want to see you, let's do everything virtual now (Zoom is our new master).

All emotions are banned. Welcome to our robot overlords, in this post-COVID world.

How will human relationships survive if we're all so afraid of each other? I mean, even kindness to strangers and business relationships??!!
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Maybe not IF they shake hands but HOW they shake hands.
I've hired hundreds of people in my life and there is zero correlation to the people who gave me a strong firm handshake to how good they were as an employee compared to people who gave weak handshakes. All it means is someone at one time or another told them to shake hands that way.

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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

Instinct still dictates a handshake but I and the other person have caught ourselves and it either turns into an elbow bump (which I voted for) or a head bow or some other non-physical acknowledgement.
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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

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What??? Am I understanding you to say lab technicians and technologists don't require the above?

Depending if it's as a lab technician, or a lab technologist, different levels of both the above are absolutely required. Technicians are interacting with patients, frequently. Technologists still have to work with each other, as well as technicians, doctors, nurses, and occasionally with patients, as well.
Sorry, it's a common joke around my work on the lab techs--some of the lab techs even admit. Has been for over 15 years. YMMV. I'm sure there are many lab techs out there, and they are very fine people who have excellent communication skills.

In any case, shaking hands won't kill you, but at the same time, I'd wait for the interviewer to make the move. Basic skills of being interviewed.

As to elbow bumping...

People need to just shake the person's hand and then go wash their hands soon after, for fuck's sake.

Elbow bumping looks kinda stupid, and from a medical standpoint...is stupid. Why? Because you're within 3 feet of the person or closer, just like a handshake. And I've seen enough elbow-bumping mistakes, where the elbows don't collide, and the two people involved...move in even closer to each other.

So, you might as well just shake the person's hand anyway, be a normal human, and then wash your hands with soap and water. It's actually better you are extending your hand out like the person who is doing the same...as it puts more distance between you and them. If anything, when you shake hands you can nod and look the other way or something and I've seen that. Perfectly fine.

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Re: Going on a job interview or meeting someone new, do people shake hands still? (amidst Covid)

Pretty much everyone I’ve come across over the last several months is completely ok with just saying “nice to meet you” and then moving on without a handshake. I’m sure an interviewer would understand. If your friend just introduced himself with no handshake.

If he’s really nervous about it he could use the old “Hold a folder/notebook in each hand” trick.

Frankly, I think the elbow bump is stupid. I haven’t done it nor have I seen anyone who’s done it.

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