How to Be Confident During a Beauty Pageant Interview

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					How to Be Confident During a Beauty Pageant Interview
Make the best impression during your pageant interview that will show the
real you, make you memorable, and win you that title!
1Prepare for your interview by giving yourself the time to make yourself
knowledgeable about:<Your opinion on your own beliefs, your platform,
current events, and what is important in the world around you.
Educate yourself on general knowledge subjects often forgotten such as-
titleholders, organizations, people, ideals, and events that are
important to the pageant system you are competing in as well as
government officials and lawmakers pertinent to your community, state,
and country.
Fill out your platform and interview application with great conversation
starter topics and facts about you. The more you include, the more the
judges will want to get to know you and choose you as the winner!
Above all, plan to go into your interview to be honest, be yourself, and
with the notion that "People may not remember what you said, but they
will always remember how you made them feel."

2Easy does it. Remind yourself that this interview, while important, it
not a life or death situation. Many times a girl who is usually very at
ease and extremely personable allows nerves to get the best of her and
take over the interview. To achieve the most relaxed, focused mindset,
allow yourself 10-15 minutes before you enter the interview room to
mentally prepare. Take this time to slow your thoughts and quiet your
mind. Allow yourself to breathe slowly and collect yourself. Remind
yourself that you are in control of whatever is about to happen during
your interview and although you may not have all the answers, you are
going to relax and do the best you can.
3Upon entering the judging room, smile and make eye contact with every
judge. You want them to remember you and ultimately, the impression you
are about to make.
4Answer questions honestly, concisely, and to the best of your ability.
For example, should a judge ask you: "What have you done to advocate your
platform 'Save the Green Turtles' to your community?" Don't say "I did a
lot of things to raise money and let people know it is a problem and
stuff." Say: "I was so excited to have raised $400 dollars to the Green
Turtles Foundation by holding a car wash in my hometown and spoke at our
high school's biology club meeting about preserving the turtles'
depleting habitat. I hope that holding the title Miss So and So will help
raise more awareness about this pressing issue to our local lawmakers."An
answer like the one above tells judges more than what you've done to save
the green turtles. It tells them that you have a specific plan in mind
for your platform and your future as Miss So and So and that you are
prepared to take on the title and the challenges that go with it!

5Never lie. If you don't know the answer to something, that is not a
crime! Don't try to hide it. Instead, say something like: "I would love
to form an opinion on that issue if I were more knowledgeable on the
facts. I honestly don't have an answer for you."Try to keep up on issues
that are truly relevant and decide how you feel about them so you have an
idea of how to answer opinion questions. If you are clueless about
something that is affecting everyone around you and have no answer, it
will seem like you do not care about what is going on around you.
However, if you do get a question that is totally out of left field,
remember that you can't know everything, and know that other judges may
agree that it was an unfair question.

6Take "vanilla" questions, i.e. "What's your favorite color?" and other
not so intriguing questions and turn them toward a topic that you are
knowledgeable about, your platform! For example, you could say, "My
favorite color is green because it reminds me of the gorgeous world
around us and how important it is to take care of it for future
generations and animals, such as the Green Turtle...etc. etc."
7Try to let the real you shine. Act like you are talking with your best
friend's parents. You want to act mature, responsible and be a good
influence, but still be yourself. Laugh, smile and even joke a little.
8If you prompted to give a closing statement, take advantage of it! Have
in mind a short (three sentence maximum) statement that summarizes your
goal of being Miss So and So and why you should be chosen. Something like
"It was wonderful getting to speak with you more- thank you for your kind
attention. Being Miss So and So is an honor that I aspire to. If chosen,
I plan to make the most of every moment and use it for a greater good.
Please choose me as your Miss So and So and make my dream come true.
Thank you." Take that moment to find a genuine "you" statement and let it
be the exclamation point to your interview!<

Remember that you are not only showcasing how knowledgeable, personable,
and genuine you are, you also must give a visual representation of
yourself that show you take care of yourself and stand out of a crowd.
Wear something that is comfortable, flattering, and memorable. Feature a
great accessory- a brooch, pin, belt, or fantastic unique something that
is really "you." If your platform is Breast Cancer Awareness, you BETTER
be wearing a pink ribbon pin!
Classy is key. Aim for an un-fussy, elegant, and appropriate appearance
that says "This is the best version of me and I am owning it."

You may want to practice your interview by holding a mock interview well
beforehand and videotaping it. Ask people who maybe you may not know very
well or a mentor to be the judges and create the feel of "meeting you for
the first time" rather than friends or family you know well. This will
get the jitters out and give you a real taste of the experience. Later,
watch the tape. It's feedback comes from watching yourself. Notice any
nervous habits of yours or faces that you make that you are unaware of
that might be affecting your interview. Use this information not to
belittle yourself, but to acknowledge your little quirks, and find a
resolution. If your hands shake, clasp them gently behind your back. If
you stumble on words or start mumbling, remember to take deep breaths and
think before you speak.

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