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Has anyone ever tried out for Millionaire? [Aug. 13th, 2006|11:12 pm]
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[i_dreamed_i_was]
There's a contestant search in my area on Tuesday and I'm going to make an attempt. I was on Jeopardy! several years ago, but I'm terribly out of practice, LOL. Still-- why not?

I was wondering if anyone here has ever tried out for the syndicated version, or knows someone who has, or has read an online account of an audition, etc... I'm just trying to figure out what I should do in the limited time I have to prepare.

So far, I have heard that I should get there early, but I don't necessarily need to camp out overnight. Supposedly, there is a 30-question multiple choice test, which about 20% of folks pass. If you pass that, you go on to an interview. Then you wait and see... Apparently, within a few weeks, you'll receive either a rejection postcard or a congratulatory letter with more info.

According to what I can glean, the test is not easy, but may not be as hard as the Jeopardy! test (which was all short answer when I took it).

Anyone know anything?

I'd love to hear experiences, conjecture, confirmation/denial...

Thanks,
Michelle

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[User Picture]From: ladysoleil
2006-08-15 02:33 am (UTC)
I've taken the test three times and auditioned once, but that was in NYC and not remotely, so I can't give you much advice on arrival time, etc.

You are correct on the 30 question test. I believe you have about 10 minutes to get through it. It's a multiple choice scantron test. Many of the questions are from previous seasons of the show, so if you're a regular watcher, you will definitely have an edge. The test is not easy, (I blew it twice) and varies in content. They will not tell you your score or what a passing grade is, but you can definitely get a couple wrong, I would guess three or so, but probably not more than that.

Pop culture is your friend. You can also expect some sort of geography/politics question. Difficulty is subjective in trivia, one girl's easy is another's nightmare, I suppose. if you have time and some back issues of Entertainment Weekly or People laying around, flip through them.

From there, if you pass the test, you will pose for a quick Polaroid snapshot and you will fill out a short essay-question type questionnaire- expect things like, what would you do with the money, what's a big dream of yours, an embarrassing moment, etc.

From there it's a brief interview with one of the staffers, and I do mean brief. They ask you basic questions about yourself, what you do, etc. Think job interview style. And I mean brief, most people seemed to get between 3 and 5 minutes, then you will be dismissed and sent home to wait by the mailbox.

I have heard from some people who had better luck that the turnaround is far quicker this year than ever before- rejection postcards within days and phonecalls to appear sometimes even the same day. You can expect to know one way or the other within two weeks.

Good luck. Not that I have been that successful (I got the "go to hell" postcard within a week), but I have been told that you are observed pretty much from the moment you walk in the door so remember to be upbeat, gregarious, friendly, and interact with your fellow auditionees- they will definitely want to see you getting along with a variety of people and how you react to different situations. Consider yourself "on" from the second you get within range of a staffer, but be yourself and behave naturally.
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[User Picture]From: i_dreamed_i_was
2008-06-09 08:40 pm (UTC)

I forgot to thank you for this!

I passed the test but wasn't selected. I'm trying out again in New York in July.
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