For many of Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, their Senate confirmation hearings may be nothing but grueling. That's why they've been practicing.
The president-elect may nominate his Cabinet members, but many of the positions require congressional approval. Getting through these hearings may be easier said than done.
Trump's nominees were reportedly put through hourslong mock hearings over the weekend, complete with cameras, bright lights and hostile questions.
In some ways, the mock hearings sound similar to the debate prep that presidential candidates go through. But the rules are different for these Senate confirmation hearings.
Instead of a moderator asking the questions, senators ask them rapid-fire. And beyond the goal of clarification, senators might try to trap nominees.
Adding to those challenges, many of Trump's picks have no experience in government, and the tough questions may not come only from Democrats.
Trump's nominees need a simple majority to be confirmed. Republicans currently hold 52 of the 100 seats in the Senate.
At least seven confirmation hearings are scheduled to take place this week, but Democrats have pushed for them to be more spread out.