I have a dilemma and need some advice. I have an interview coming up with the interviewers being male and female. Not a problem you think, just remember the web to web handshake etc. For the man that's fine, but for the woman that's not so easy. Let me explain...
I am an orthodox Jew and because of modesty laws am not allowed to touch any woman who is not my mother, wife, sister or daughter. Normally in meetings, when confronted with an outstretched hand I hold both my hands up and say “I’m really sorry but I can’t shake hands, it’s a religious thing”, points to skullcap, “it’s nothing personal, ha ha”.
This tends to work, but in an interview with both male and female, what is the best way to deal with this. Do I shake the man’s hand but apologies to the woman? Do I apologies to both of them even though I can shake the man’s hand?
If you search on-line you will find Jewish ‘experts’ who say that these laws don’t apply in the business environment. There is a simple response to this. They’re wrong. It does.
Your help and advice would be gratefully received.