To shake hands or not to shake hands…my answer to the candidate’s query

Don’t shake hands with the examiner unless the examiner specifically offers their hand to you (which does happen very occasionally.) The reason for this is simple. It’s about allowing the examiner to continue to think that they are in control of the interview. People like to be in control, and examiners are no exception. When someone is in control, they feel more at ease. When they feel more at ease, they are more likely to be generous in their band scoring. it’s that simple. Always let the examiner think that they are in control of the speaking test. (They usually aren’t by the way, and in my speaking e-book I reveal how you can manipulate the pyschological aspects of  the test in your favour.)

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