You've spent weeks preparing, practising, editing and finessing your pitch. You've got your hard hitting messages down to a tee, your colleagues know when to nod, smile and laugh as you speak and you've even got your seating arrangements planned so the right people are facing off in the room. You arrive for the pitch and... the client's projector doesn't have an HDMI port.
If this has happened to you, you need an Interview Go Bag!
Let me explain the concept. If you've ever watched an American crime show (my favourite is NCIS) then you may have come to recognise the go bag. It's the bag full of useful things that the agents or detectives grab before they rush off to a crime scene. For my favourite naval crime fighting agents in NCIS, this bag has things like gloves, cameras, a change of clothes... all the things they might need when at the scene.
Why is it important? Because when they're in the midst of hunting down an estate agent turned drug dealing murderer from Wisconsin, they don't want to get caught without that vital bit of kit that will make the difference between catching the bad guy and getting a talking down from their overly angry superior officers.
The drama may be slightly less extreme when you're going into your next big pitch, but the stakes are just as high. From missing leads to unforeseen dry mouth, my ideal Interview Go Bag solves all the problems I've experienced in years of running pitches.
If I've missed something of the list that you always pack, let me know! Click my name above and drop me a message!
The ultimate interview go bag prep list - never arrive unprepared again!
- Spare charging cable for your laptop
- Spare HDMI and VGA leads
- A VGA to HDMI converter (and Apple product equivalents for all trendy marketing people)
- A pointer
- A mouse
- Spare batteries for the pointer and mouse
- A usb stick
Stationary (for you or the client):
- Clean, branded note pads
- Name cards (tent cards) - blank ones with your company logo on them that you can stand in front of you
- Post-it notes
Refreshments and personal items:
- Cough sweets
- A bottle of water
- Mints / breath freshener
- A neutral-colour tie
- Heel repair kit
- Shoe polish