THE HANDBOOK 2020

Part II

The Interview

The Personal Interview is held with a preliminary panel of judges and gives you the opportunity to talk personally with the judges. Think of this as a job interview and dress accordingly and make sure you leave the judges with no doubt that they should pick you as Mr Gay Europe 2020.

Sometimes you have to undergo interviews and they can seem frightening and make you nervous. Here are a few reminders that hopefully will make you less apprehensive:

Relax! These judges are not your enemies. They want you to succeed and be charming. They want you to be super! That doesn’t mean coming across as arrogant; but being a genuine, healthy, and sane person they would want to work with.

Be yourself, if time permits, ask one of the judges a question about them. Everyone loves to talk about themselves. But don’t be too pushy or too eager.

Be honest. These judges are experienced people and will see right through you if you lie.

Try to “shine” and be welcoming of their questions and smile and have fun with them. That’s what this personal interview is all about.

Test yourself. That way you’ll remember your own answers better. Be specific, but not too brief. Answer in full sentences. If your English is not too good, give simple and straightforward answers.

Remember; don’t get provoked, but relax, be honest and to the point, don’t forget to smile and look the judges and the journalists in the eyes! Good luck!

These advises will make your life easier

A. Keep personal wardrobe at a minimum. You will be personally responsible for any overweight charges you incur en route to and from the event. You will also receive gifts and we guess you want to take them with you back home. We recommend that you do not bring valuables. Please do not pack any documents necessary for registration in your checked in luggage. And remember no fluids in your hand luggage!

B. Make sure you give us your flight times and correct airport (there are several!) so that we can direct you to the correct public transportation. As soon as you know your travel schedule, please send it to office@mrgayeurope.com

C. At arrival you will be asked to show your passport or EU ID-card and valid travel insurance. You will have to check if you will need a valid Visa to the UK due to Brexit.

D. As an official delegate of Mr Gay Europe, you will be sharing a room (with single beds) with other delegates. This is the friendship idea behind Mr Gay Europe and has proved to be a great success. People bond and make friends from all over Europe, and we still hear that people are in contact with each other via email, text messages and social media. Some have even visited each other in their respective countries after the competition is over.

E. We think it would be nice if you brought one of your new friends a small gift from your home country. It does not have to be something expensive, but a little souvenir that tells something about where you live. It could be anything from a key chain made in your country to a book telling about where you are from. Sometimes you can get help from the local tourist office in your city. Explain to them what the gift is for, and perhaps they will provide it for you for free.

F. You will be solely responsible for all of your personal incidental expenses such as phone calls, pay-TV, clothes cleaning, mini-bar and room-service. These charges must be paid before you check out of the hotel. No exceptions!

G. Smoking and drinking; you are not allowed to smoke in your room. If you have to smoke, please smoke in designated areas only. If you drink, please drink responsibly. Use of drugs is strictly prohibited. Any misconduct, non-observance of rules, use of drugs or disrespectful behaviour by a delegate may result in immediate dismissal from the Mr Gay Europe competition.

H. A few words about the press. Reporters and photographers representing the local, national and international media will be covering the competition. If you are being interviewed; think before you speak.

If a question is asked and you would prefer not to answer it – say so. No one expects you to respond to questions that make you uncomfortable or which may be too personal, or too controversial in nature. Also, feel free to ask a reporter to repeat or clarify a question you do not understand. No one will think any less of you, and you just may save yourself from an embarrassing response.

During the event there will be a seminar that focuses on how to deal with journalists and media in general.

I. As you arrive for the competition you are asked to sign an agreement that goes into effect if you win the competition. If you don’t win, the contract will be shredded. The agreement is the framework for your co-operation with the Mr Gay Europe organisation in the year to come.

J. As a Mr Gay Europe delegate you are expected to reply to emails, messages and SMS within a short time. A future Mr Gay Europe must be “online” and ready to respond within reasonable limits.

Q&A

Q: Can I stay in my room after the competition is over?
A: No, you can not, but we can help you book a hotel room if needed.

Q: Will we have some time off during the event?
A: Not really, we have a tight schedule, but we have included some time for fun and games.

Q: Can I bring my boyfriend to the event?
A: Yes you can, but he will have to book his own room in a hotel. Since you will be busy he should plan his own schedule to get the most out of the UK.

Q: Can I pay with Euro in the UK?
A: No. The currency is Pound Sterling (£).

Do you have any other questions about the competition, please send an email to office@mrgayeurope.com