Cleaning Up Your Pageant Paperwork

One of my favorite parts of the pageant competition is interview! In order to be successful during the interview process both in pageantry and while pursuing a career, it’s important to be overly prepared for the interview process. Most pageant interviews begin with a little work for you prior to the competition in the form of your pageant paperwork. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Spellcheck.

Yes, you would think this is common sense; however, after viewing hundreds if not thousands of interview forms, it is not. It’s important to remember that the spellcheck feature on your computer may not always catch you’re errors (see what I mean).  This is because spell checkers can only detect if words are spelled correctly, not if they are used correctly. So make sure to triple check your work and always ask for someone else to review – they’ll most likely catch errors you did not. This leads me to my next tip….

2. If at all possible, TYPE your interview form responses. (This tip is geared to Teen and Miss contestants – rules of the road are a little different for younger contestants.)

Yes, many of the forms you receive may give you the option to handwrite your responses. Ignore this option and type! Not only will your form look cleaner, well put together and like you actually spent time doing it – it will be easier for the judges to read. No matter how neat your handwriting may be – typed paperwork always looks more professional. And, if for some reason you do have to handwrite your responses, the moment you cross something out or use White Out, you need to begin with a new form.

The great thing about technology is even if the pageant doesn’t provide you with a “fillable” form (a form that text can easily be inserted using your computer or tablet), programs like Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Acrobat DC let you add text directly to the form. Make sure to stay consistent in font selection, font size and please refrain from the crazy colors!

3. Your interview form is not a novel.

Most interview forms don’t provide a ton of space for you to write responses – this is done purposely. So, don’t try to squeeze your whole life story on your form. Keep your responses short and to the point. Your responses should help guide your interview – which also means don’t put anything on your form you aren’t comfortable speaking about or that you have made up – more often than not, this will catch up with you.

4. Presentation is everything.

I’m not saying that you need to pull a Legally Blonde moment and print your interview forms on scented pink paper. In fact, I recommend keeping it pretty basic and if anything maybe choosing a slightly heavier weight paper that is not cardstock.

Your forms should be kept in a folder or something similar to avoid them getting wrinkled. If you must submit your forms in a folder, again keep it simple and make sure that your folder is neatly labeled and ready to hand in.

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