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8 Easy Ways to Build Your Backbone

Whether you're prepping for an interview or a first date, use these expert tips to pump up your self-confidence for the moments that count.

Before the Job Interview

Get the inside dope.

“Most of the people who are competing against you for the job will not invest the time or energy to research the company and the manager who’ll interview them,“ says Roy Cohen, a career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide. “Spend hours beforehand on research about the company—its issues, needs, and what you can bring to the table. If you’re prepared, you’re guaranteed to feel more confident."

Give yourself a grilling.

Got some résumé gaps? Unfinished degrees? Photos your college roommate swore he wouldn’t upload? “If you’ve thought about these awkward issues in advance and rehearsed answers to questions about them,” Cohen says, “you’ll be far more confident when they’re asked—which they will be.”



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