In her one-minute application video, 28-year-old Mirjam Novak lists “in good shape” and “up for tons of adventures” as her “assets,” and appears in a bikini and wetsuit.
“Mirjam's great communication skills, friendly and outgoing nature and natural ease with the media have won us over, as did her active promotion of the Islands and her application,” Tourism Queensland said in a statement.
If Novak wins, she will earn €75,000 to live in a luxury apartment and write weekly blogs about activities like snorkelling and hiking on the island starting on July 1.
Tourism minister Peter Lawlor called the 16 finalists, who hail from 14 different countries, to tell them the news. The next step is a trip to Hamilton Island for the last round of selections in May.
Response to the public relations initiative has apparently overwhelmed the Queensland tourism board.
“Tourism Queensland has spent the past few weeks watching in amazement at the lengths these candidates have gone to in their quest for the Best Job in the World,” Lawlor said.
The selection board decided to change the number of finalists from 10 to 16 “to ensure we get the best person for the Best Job,” Lawlor said.
“One of the most exciting things in life is to explore and experience the sheer variety of people and travel to unique and awe-inspiring places,” she said in her online bio for the contest. Novak has travelled around the world and has become something of a media darling during her quest for the Best Job in the World.