During this week, the Miss American contestants are interviewed by the panel of judges. We don’t see this part on television, but it counts for 25% of the preliminary score.
As one of the judges, Marilu will be interviewing contestants for several days this week. So let’s talk about interviews.
If you’ve ever had a job interview, you know that first impressions really do count. It’s not just how you look (we’ll get to that later in the week), it’s how you communicate – especially about yourself.
There are the basics of communication, of course – speaking clearly, with good grammar and vocabulary, eye contact, appropriate facial expressions and body language. But you also want to have control of your message. Know your message. Do your homework (especially for a job interview!). And most importantly, know yourself. It’s easier to answer any question when you’re comfortable and confident with yourself.
Don’t be afraid to practice interviewing with a friend. Try sitting in front of a mirror – or better yet, videotaping yourself – to see what you look like (and what you sound like). Outline talking points, if that helps you figure out what to say.
Make your first impression count. Master the interview.