Most of the state pageants are starting to come to close and those selected winners and more are getting ready to head to a national stage.
I’ve been watching a ton of Teens, Miss’, and Mrs’ prepping for the national competitions. I’m seeing post promoting their platforms, making appearances, promoting their sponsors, preparing at the gym, and one of my favorite’s: getting all that wardrobe together!
One thing you don’t see that’s the most crucial is preparing the HECK out of your interview skills!
When you think your fully prepared, trust me your not. There is always room for improvement. Always.
THIS is where your going to stand out ladies! THIS is where you have the opportunity to leave your mark!
THIS is where judges can visually SEE the difference between you and other girl that from a distance that may look JUST like you, even though you may think not!
Think, with over 50+ girls you and that brunette or black or blonde or African American or Asian or Short haired contestant, might look EXACTLY like a fellow pageant sister to these judges when they only know you for a short time and are trying to pick you out of a line up of over 50+! INTERVIEW is going to set you apart from that Twinkie.
It’s like when you travel to another country, some may think a certain culture of people may look a like and while your there just for a short period of time, the people can blend together. So you and the big earring, fancy dress, high heeled, big haired, staged makeup’ed girl that your competing with MAY look a little similar in a line up to someone without SPARKLE experience, that doesn’t know you. Let your INTERVIEW set you apart!
I’ve prepared for 5 National stages. When I finally learned this important valuable tip-interview is what set me a part in EVERY one!
No matter what the stage especially as a Mrs. Wether it was at Mrs. America that focused on the girl next door vibe, Mrs. United States that’s been known to highly focus on swimsuit and physical beauty (which I hear this year is placing a bigger emphasis on platform! So even more important now) or Mrs. International that focuses on platform and interview.
INTERVIEW is what set me apart to place me Top 3 in those big 3 of the Mrs pageants. So far, I’m the only one in history to do this. So take it from me girls, I know what I’m talking about here. Take your time, and focus on your interview preparation! I promise this could be the difference for you.
Even as a young Miss in the USA systems and the United States systems back in the day, Interview is what set me apart to place top 5 against 250+ girls at a time. Especially back in the day, when I had no CLUE what I was doing and had to reply on interview because I didn’t have the financial means back then to afford the pretty wardrobe to stand out. Not to mention I never did the Miss America system, basketball wasn’t really one of their talents back then, although slam dunking in the Miss America stage would’ve been just as cool as flipping cups ;)-, but the Miss America system heavily focuses on interview as well. There’s not a system out there that interview is not a heavy weighing factor to determine your winner.
Interview is where it’s at girls!
I see girls spending so much time in the gym, girls focusing so much on their wardrobe, when yes that’s great, but as much time as their spending they should be DOUBLING that time practicing for their interview!
There’s a million ways a SPARKLE girl can practice for interview!
- Hire a Coach and USE them! If your not working with one, it’s not to late!
- Have friends and family run random questions by you.
- Have your coaches set up Mock Interviews
- Set up Mock interviews with family and friends over and over and be OPEN to criticism. Remember some of your judges are everyday people JUST like them!
- Have weekly sessions with your coach practicing your timing and the array of questions you can get
- Stay ON TOP of the news and what is going on, in case you get any current event questions
- KNOW YOUR BIOS!!!
- KNOW and PREPARE for the questions YOUR BIO brings!! ALL OF THEM!
- Be strategic in creating your bio to STEER your interview
- Watch old videos online or buy last years DVD from the pageant office to see how they perform on stage questions! If your preparing for the International system this is key! Your questions are timed to music. Practice answering to the sound of the music.
- When it gets close DOUBLE down! When I was a month out, I would move my coaching sessions for interview prep from every other week to 2-3 times a week
- Speak at schools, events, in front of people to get that shaky nervous voice out and practice being in front of people.
- USE OTHERS, CHANGE ITUP! Instead of JUST my coach I would ask my directors to schedule a Interview Prep call with formers. THEY have been in the seat and know the questions I could get, they know what’s like! WHO better than a bunch of girls that have been in my shoes to practice and get feedback from
These are just a few, I could go on forever. You get the point though. I can’t stress enough than to spend your time preparing for interview. Put the weights down every now and then, figure out that wardrobe, slow down your schedule, and practice that interview!
If you don’t know the general questions like:
Why do you want to be…?
Tell me about yourself?
What sets you apart from the other contestants?
What do you want to be remember for as…?
Girl, get to work!!
My biggest tip for preparing for a NATIONAL stage is prepare for what’s going to set you apart from the rest! The area in which you have the opportunity for the judges to remember you, prepare most in INTERVIEW.
Put your time where it will be most valuable. IN YOU. A judge isn’t going to remember your wardrobe when seeing over 50, they are not going to remember seeing all your appearances on social media, they are not going to remember if your arms were defined enough, but they WILL remember how you made them FEEL face to face.
Practice, Practice, Practice girls!
Get with your coaches, get with friends, get those jitters out and BE PREPARED for any question that comes your way!
SPARKLE ON SISTER!
Happy Wednesday Mom Queens!