The Interviewer's Go-Bag (1 CPE)

Must-Have Items for a Successful Interview

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When I first started conducting interviews as a young investigator, I would get this nervous anxiety right before the interview. The funny thing is, it had nothing to do with the person I was interviewing or even the potential outcomes. Nope, the anxiety was me not feeling confident that I was bringing everything necessary with for the interview to be effective. There are only a few investigation mistakes worse than being in the middle of an interview and recognizing that you forgot something key to the interview.

Course Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: N/A

CPE Credit: (1.0)

Description: Every fraud examiner and investigator has their toolkit (we call it a Go-bag) that they take to every interview. This toolkit is unique and likely one you've never heard of or read about.


  • Preparing for the interview before the interview
  • Critical preparation insights
  • How checklists will help remove anxiety prior to the interview
  • Building your toolkit to be more prepared for your future interviews

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"This course on the Go-Bag was fantastic. Part 3 mentions an item (cost less than 1 buck) to help minimize distractions that I will consider adding to my Go-Bag. I encourage investigators in all types of fields and with all types of experience to take the time to make sure you are prepared for "the interview."

- Jeremy W.

"Just finished the course. It's great. The construction paper and tape point was really interesting!"

- Rupert, E.

Thank you Matt. The information provided was very helpful and emphasized the significance of keeping a well-stocked interviewer's "Go Bag". I will definitely recommend this course to colleagues.

- Monica J

Course Curriculum

  Course Intro
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  About the Instructor
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  Thank you & Disclaimer
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  Preparing for the Interview Before the Interview
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  Intangible Go-Bag Items
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  Applying Lessons Learned
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  CPE credit and Thank You!
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Your Instructor

Matt Christensen
Matt Christensen

Hi I'm Matt. I love all things Cybersecurity and Anti-Fraud. Professionally, it's what I do. I also love helping others break into these awesome industries so please connect with me if you're considering a similar career. Both domains are so interrelated and dynamic yet the industries still have so much integration and collaboration to do. We're just getting started in this space.

I was fortunate to break into both Cybersecurity and Anti-Fraud when it was next to impossible to get in. Everyone wanted someone with 3-5 years experience - How do you get experience if no one is willing to give you experience? It took applying to over 50 jobs before I got a call back (which ironically ended up being a wrong number), but nonetheless through networking and perseverance, I was hired as an intern, then a Security Consultant and then a Global Fraud examiner and the rest is history.

I've been blessed with amazing employers, teams and leaders to work with that have supported me on this journey. From implementing anti-fraud programs from scratch, consulting with small brick and mortars locally to advising Fortune 10, 20, 50, 100... businesses with fraud prevention and detection strategies, it's a fulfilling dream career. I have many to thank, but most importantly, my amazing, supportive family.

Although I am a certification junkie (see below if you care) and take pride in continuous improvement, Iā€™m teachable and lucky enough to know that I don't know it all. I depend on the influence and guidance of many that are more expert in these fields.

Lastly, I am not afraid to fail nor admit my mistakes. It's how I grow and learn and how I have learned that others appreciate the real, imperfect me.

If anything in this intro struck a chord with you and you'd like to talk shop, have a pro-bono consultation call or just need help breaking into Cybersecurity or Anti-Fraud, please connect with me. I'd love to help however I can.

Here are a few certifications I currently hold:

  • CFE - Certified Fraud Examiner | Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • ITPM - Insider Threat Program Manager | Software Engineering Group | Carnegie Mellon University
  • CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional | (ISC)2
  • GIAC GSLC - Security Leadership Certification | SANS Institute
  • GIAC GSEC - Security Essentials Certification | SANS Institute
  • CRISC - Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control | ISACA
  • CCSK- Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge | Cloud Security Alliance
  • ITILv3 - Information Technology Infrastructure Library | EXIN

Most of all, I love spending time with my family and being outdoors, away from technology and distractions.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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