Our last queen contestant event before the fair fun has come and gone! On Thursday, the girls gathered in the Bank of Washington’s conference space for their mock interviews. Serving as judges for the day were professionals from the Washington area. The morning began around 9 o’clock as the contestants filed in dressed professionally, resumes in hand, eager to see what the day had in store. The room quickly filled with nervous yet excited chatter amongst the girls, who could be heard practicing interview questions and asking last minute questions. After everyone had arrived and conversations subsided, the panel of professionals introduced themselves. Shortly after the professionals were split into groups of three and sent off to their interview rooms with their prepared questions. After everything was settled, it was time to send the first group of girls in to meet with the judges.
Each interview was conducted in 15 minutes, allowing for a bit more time in preparation for the 7 minute interviews the day of the contest. After each interview wrapped up, the judges were then to give the girls both constructive and positive feedback about how they did, giving them an idea of how to better prepare for the day of the contest. As the first group of girls was sent off, the queen committee tried to ease any nerves by encouraging the girls to be themselves and find confidence. Fifteen minutes later the first group emerged back with smiling faces and looks of relief! After conquering their mock interviews, they assured the remaining contestants that it was nothing to fret about and not to be nervous. In hearing this, you could feel the rest of the room relax as the remaining contestants waited for their turns.
After one of the contestants had finished her interview, I pulled her aside to ask how it went and gain some insight!
“I did practice a few times with my family members and some of the other queen contestants,” she replied when I asked if she had felt prepared going into the practice interview. “However, I was still a bit nervous. But the judges were just looking at me nicely and not in a condescending way which made me feel more relaxed,” she said, adding that pretending those were the real judges helped tremendously. “I definitely think I’ll still be a little nervous for the big day, but I’ve found that in practicing today I was able to relax and compose myself before answering their questions… so I hope that I can do the same during the real interview!”
They say that practice makes perfect, so it was awesome that the girls were able to get a feel for what the real deal may look like. Join us in catching up with the queens during the last few remaining blogs, featuring the Run/Walk, Parade, Stage Rehearsals, and the big finale Queen Contest. I hope you all have enjoyed reading these blogs as much as I have enjoyed writing them and spending time with our wonderful queen contestants this summer! They are all such amazing women, and I cannot wait to see what these remaining weeks have in store for them. :)