Interview preparation… there’s more than meets the eye.

I was researching for my interview with Ben Aaronovitch today. I love the internet, my favourite quote was there for the searching.

“The media response to unusual weather is as ritualized and predictable as the stages of grief. First comes denial: “I can’t believe there’s so much snow.” Then anger: “Why can’t I drive my car, why are the trains not running?” Then blame: “Why haven’t the local authorities sanded the roads, where are the snowplows, and how come the Canadians can deal with this and we can’t?” This last stage goes on the longest and tends to trail off into a mumbled grumbling moan, enlivened by occasional ILLEGALS ATE MY SNOWPLOW headlines from the *Daily Mail….*”
― Ben Aaronovitch, Whispers Under Ground

Getting ready for the interview

makeup: check
dressed up: check
earrings: check
[phone rings] Ben’s publicist from the NatCon (Australia’s National Convention): “Ben Aaronovitch has technical issues with skype, here’s a phone number for the interview, he’s really looking forward to it.”

I took my earrings off, put my tee shirt back on and left my makeup until after the interview.

I phoned Ben’s hotel THREE TIMES. The line was terrible every time. The third time — the second time I was actually talking to Ben — he said “This line is terrible but skype is working now.”

I did the interview, video and all, in my tee shirt. Not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that it looks like a plain black tee because the pic — a pink 5 with an X-wing flying over the Death Star surface — is below the camera.

Next time I’ll keep on the good clothes until AFTER the interview, just in case.