"Your time is up Miss Benson, is there anything else you would like to share with the judges?" I stand there confused. "Well, uhm.. thank you? For.... coming out today to judge myself and the rest of the beautiful ladies competing!" I smile awkwardly, nod my head and leave in a flash.
What just happened to me in there?! Anything else to share?! This was my first time competing in a system in which the interview process had a closing statement section that I didn't really know about. This was the time for me to showcase myself, and basically talk about anything the judges didn't ask me that I wanted them to. Well 3 years and many many pageants later, I have become a wiz at closing statements.
Here are some ideas of what to say during your closing statement so you can leave interview like a pro.
National American Miss Florida giving an interview
Talk about your platform or something you stand for on a different level. You don't have much time, but this can be where you strip down all the mumbo jumbo, and say "I know there are X amount of girls competing today, and they all are wonderful. But I am the girl for this job, I will do this, this, and this..etc" Talk about what you will do and what you have already done to be the best candidate for the title. How much should you open up? Is Crying Okay in Interview?
Talk About Yourself
Many judges just want to honestly know you. Tell them how you are a hard worker, you know this is your dream to have this title and to represent this title the best way possible. Tell them about you, something that isn't on your resume, that someone would fall in love with if they heard it. You don't have to be extravagant to be interesting, you just have to be honest.
End With Silence
Some girls don't feel the need to say anything during the last 30 seconds - minute of an interview, and honestly that is OK. If you felt that your interview went the best it could possibly go, and you know the judges will make the right decision, you can simply say "thank you for your time" and leave. Now, don't make it an awkward exit like I did, but you can leave them knowing you put everything out there and didn't need anything else to say to back you up. Need help nailing that interview?
Read "How to Win Pageant Interview in Any System" for advice on doing your best. What's most important is that you are just true to yourself. I tried the whole "memorize every answer to any question you could be asked before interview" and it killed me. If you can't be down to earth with the judges, and just make them feel something for you, then you aren't the right candidate for the title. You just have to be yourself, be open, be honest and be sure of what you want before leaving that room. You are the best candidate, you just have to prove it to the judges and yourself.
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