Staying Cool, Calm, and Collected
Contestants who nervously fidget with their hair, pop their knees, lick their lips, tap on the podium, etc. convey nervousness. “My advice is to practice as often as possible in front of a lot of different people. When the actual interview time comes, all that experience will help you to relax and be more confident in your ability,” said national judges co-chair Alyson Sulpizio. Making eye contact while judges are asking the questions and while you are answering could help them form a positive impression. Walking around or using your hands while you speak is acceptable, said national judges co-chair Marvin Blum, as long as it appears natural. Don’t confuse fidgeting with natural movement.
Keeping Up with the Times
Many interview sessions include questions about current events. Make use of modern technology to stay informed, Sulpizio said. Twenty-four-hour news and social media updates could be a good source for worldwide news. “I read a publication called The Week that encapsulates the world and national news each week very well, along with commentary and opinion,” said Sulpizio. Contestants should analyze events in terms of how they affect their lives and communities.
The interview phase of the competition helps contestants develop a presence. Like choosing a cohesive talent costume or the most flattering evening gown, interview answers will clothe contestants in an impression formed by the judges. You should put as much time and effort into preparing for the interview phase as for the other phases.
Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions
- Tell us about your platform.
- What is the last book you read?
- Who is the most powerful woman in the world?
- Why should you be Miss ____?
- Is the Miss America pageant still relevant?