A disgusting handshake

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    Dec 25, 2010 9:54 PM GMT
    I've had pneumonia for almost two weeks now. But I feel better so I went to a work party where several VERY-VERY-important-for-my-career people were present. I've been having chills and excessive sweating.

    Anyway, I shook hands with one of those very, very important people and due to nervousness forgot to wipe my hand off casually. He showed nothing on his face, but asked me several question where I proceeded to dig myself into an ever deeper hole.

    I didn't want to tell him I was sick. The question is, considering my attending deemed my answers satisfying, do you think the sweaty handshake gave a detrimental opinion of me? Is this a forgivable offense?
  • commoncoll

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    Dec 25, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    I hate sweaty handshakes. But don't worry about it. Was this an informal interview of sorts? You'll probably have more chances to shine better in later interviews.

    Take care of yourself. Pneumonia can be infectious.
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    Dec 26, 2010 12:03 AM GMT
    He was classy enough to show no reaction, but you probably lost a few points there. I'm no germaphobe but I do not think well of people who offer me a sweaty handshake and -gawd I do not want to shake your hand if you are sniffling.


    It is polite to say "I'd normally shake hands, but I've been a bit under the weather."

    People generally appreciate that, and you gain points for consideration.



  • BeingThePhoen...

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    Dec 26, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    I say it's a forgivable offence, but I would definately take the next available chance to shake his hand (without the sweat). icon_cool.gif
  • monet

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    Dec 26, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
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  • calibro

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    Dec 26, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    rub anti-perspirant on your palms
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    Dec 26, 2010 1:43 AM GMT
    UpperCanadian said He was classy enough to show no reaction, but you probably lost a few points there. I'm no germaphobe but I do not think well of people who offer me a sweaty handshake and -gawd I do not want to shake your hand if you are sniffling.

    It is polite to say "I'd normally shake hands, but I've been a bit under the weather."

    People generally appreciate that, and you gain points for consideration.


    This. I thought you were a health care professional? icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 26, 2010 2:42 AM GMT
    lol, there should be no offense taken, as the person whose hand you shook should have the common sense to wash his hands after shaking anyone's hand before touching his own face or eating.

    Merry Christmas!

    -Doug
  • barriehomeboy

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    Dec 26, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    your worth to the company was judged more by the strenght of your handshake, than to the microbes you paassed along. I'm sure you're fine.
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    Dec 26, 2010 2:53 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy said your worth to the company was judged more by the strenght of your handshake, than to the microbes you paassed along. I'm sure you're fine.


    I agree.

    Shit happens, I'm sure he's had these nervous handshakes also when he was in your place.
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    Dec 26, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    UpperCanadian said He was classy enough to show no reaction, but you probably lost a few points there. I'm no germaphobe but I do not think well of people who offer me a sweaty handshake and -gawd I do not want to shake your hand if you are sniffling.
    It is polite to say "I'd normally shake hands, but I've been a bit under the weather."
    People generally appreciate that, and you gain points for consideration.

    This. I thought you were a health care professional? icon_confused.gif

    Thanks everyone

    I've been taking antibiotics and shouldn't be contagious. It is difficult for healthy adults to contract pneumonia this easily unless they have a compromised immune system usually by way of a cold or something. He noticed my groggy voice but still extended his hand first. I was just nervous about meeting him, and definitely did not want to embarrass him or be less accommodating or aloof by any means by refusing to shake his hand.

    Like I said, I've been sick for two weeks and have missed work when I am not on baby leave and am not taking my vacation. Something as informal as this is very important as this is how I might meet my future employers.