If you are interviewing with a company, think of yourself as a restaurant worker after you use the bathroom. Simply put: Wash your hands. Your mother told you this every day growing up so that when you got into public, it would be a natural habit. Good habits pay big rewards.
Picture this: I go to use our restrooms and run into someone I don’t know coming out of the stall where “Number 2” business was just taken care of. I say “hello”, he says “hello”. It’s just a cordial simple acknowledgement. Introductions for two strangers who just met in the restroom is just, well, “Creepy”. I go about my business but can’t help but notice that he walked out of the restroom WITHOUT washing your hands. We weren’t in the Creepy zone, but we just went into the “iccckk” zone.
I don’t think too much about it, but I do take a mental note. There is a ding on the “Subconscious Score”, but what do I care? I will probably never see the guy again.
10 minutes later, I see "him" in the lobby and realize that he is probably a Johnny Candidate waiting for an interview. "Him" being the guy I just ran saw in the restroom. I also realize I have an interview at the top of the hour.
The scene from Pulp Fiction suddenly comes to mind. Uma Therman just OD’d on John Travolta’s smack and is on her back foaming at the mouth with eyes glazed over. All he can think of is Ving Rhames (Uma’s boyfriend) ripping him apart limb by limb as he was personally left in charge of Uma. John Travolta is pacing back and forth and screaming "Ohh Nooooooo!!!!!" (Or something similar not suitable for print)
How important is a firm handshake? How many articles are posted on the web about a firm handshake during an interview? How many interview classes actually PRACTICE the interview handshake to make sure it is done correctly.
I hope to god that Johnny Candidate isn’t the candidate that I am scheduled to talk with. Hopefully, the candidate I am scheduled with is the cute one with the cool glasses, dark fitted business suit, and great Manolo heels. Puhhlleasseee let it be her. Pleeeasssseee.
I check the schedule and CRAP! I got Johnny “I didn’t wash my hands after number 2” Candidate.
At this point in time, I am in quickly moving into "lets make a deal" mode with the rest of the HR team.
Just because the interview didn’t start, trust me, as soon as you hit the parking lot, it started. Watch your P’s and Q’s, cross your T’s and wash your hands.
Nasty: not washing your hands after taking care of Number 2. an unreal maneuver of incredible technique, something that is ridiculously good, tricky and manipulative but with a result that can’t help but be admired, a phrase used to describe someone that is good at something. “He has a nasty forkball"