My son had his first nomination interview, and brought in bottled water with him. I thought nothing of it. I bring water all the time to meetings and interviews, and I see public speakers constantly have water with them. My son asked at the end of his interview if there were any recommendations for his future interviews, and one panelist told him to skip bringing in a water bottle. First impressions mean everything. He also said that if this is only bit of advice he can give, my son did an overall good job. Maybe the interviewer was implying that this shows a weakness? Maybe he was kidding? Either way my son is going to follow his advice. But now the problem is how to handle dry mouth. Gum would obviously be worse than bringing in water. I guess maybe he just needs to deal with it, knowing that he will be less nervous with the remaining interviews.