Pageant Interview is the most important phase of competition. How you do inside the interview room will determine how judges will score you throughout the competition. Because of this we are going to cover the 3 most popular questions that judges ask and how to answer them. (Read: Everything You Need to Know to Succeed in Pageant Interview)
Let’s examine the must-know pageant interview questions and answers. Remember that these answers should be made your own. Memorizing my answers are not going to do you any good come your time to shine. These pageant answers are just here as a guideline help you create your own response. The judges are not going to remember exactly what you said anyways but they will remember how you made them feel when you were in the interview room. After reading this you can also read our expanded version of this article by clicking, “Top 25 Pageant Questions Asked by Judges in Every Pageant”
Top 3 Most Popular Pageant Interview Questions and Answers
1. Why should you win this pageant?
Example Answer: The reason I should win is because I will make a great titleholder. To me a great titleholder understands that being a queen is a job and part of my job description is to actively and creatively promote this pageant. So if I were to be chosen, I would bring more awareness to this pageant by actively recruiting girls to try to win my crown next year.
Breakdown: Judges love to see a girl with confidence and with a plan. By including in your answer that you know you need to promote the pageant you are showing initiative. The judges and the director will both get excited by the prospect of having a titleholder who is actively promoting the system in the community. Another reason why this answer works is that judges can follow up to ask more questions on how you plan on promoting the system, to which you will need to be prepared to answer. (Read: How to Answer “Why Should You Win This Pageant”)
2. Who is your role model?
Example Answer: My role model is my mother because of what she had to overcome in her life to reach the level of success that she is currently enjoying.
Breakdown: Remember, that the judges do not care who your role model is as long as you are confident in your answer and can back up that answer with sound logic. Though this answer is simple it gives the judges space for a follow up questions such as “Can you give me an example of something that your mother overcame?” By using the format above you do not dominate the conversation and you give the judges enough space to ask follow up questions if they are interested in learning more about that topic. (Read: Pageant Question About Being a Role Model)
3. Why did you decide to compete in this pageant?
Example Answer: My hope is to gain more confidence and to increase my professional network so that I can create more opportunity for myself and others in the future.
Breakdown: Here, as in most cases inside of interview your specific answer doesn’t matter. So if your answer is that you want to be a famous singer and you want as much stage time as possible to practice then that’s great too. You just need to know “why” you are competing.
How to Calm Your Nerves Before Pageant Interview
When your pageant interview time arrives know that you may be a little nervous but that is natural. So let’s end with this great tip on how to eliminate your pre-pageant nerves from The Pageant Planet’s founder, Mr. Steven Roddy!
5 Tips to Make a Great Impression on the Judges (with links to more in-depth articles)
Forbes magazine contributor and workplace body language expert Carol Goman wrote an intriguing article entitled, “Seven Seconds to Make a First Impression.” In it she lists seven simple steps for those initial seven seconds. One of them was not applicable to pageantry so I removed it but the others are golden.
1. Adjust your attitude. People pick up your attitude instantly. Before you turn to greet someone, or enter the interview room, or step onstage to make a presentation, think about the situation and make a conscious choice about the attitude you want to present. You can ground yourself by listening to music, reading a book, praying or by speaking to someone who inspires you. Everyone is a little different but you need to be in a space of peace and with an energy that radiates confidence. (Read: 6 Things Pageant Staff Want You to Know About Your Attitude)
2. Straighten your posture. Status and power are non-verbally conveyed by height and space. Standing tall, pulling your shoulders back, and holding your head straight are all signals of confidence and competence. (Read: How to Stand in Pageant Interview)
3. Smile. A smile is an invitation, a sign of welcome. It says, “I’m friendly and approachable.” (Read: How to Smile in a Pageant)
4. Make eye contact. Looking at someone’s eyes transmits energy and indicates interest and openness. To improve your eye contact, make a practice of noticing the eye color of everyone you meet. You will feel uncomfortable at first but in time you will discover the confidence it brings. (Read: The Ultimate Guide to Eye Contact in Pageantry)
5. Raise your eyebrows. Open your eyes slightly more than normal to simulate the “eyebrow flash” that is the universal signal of recognition and acknowledgement. (Read: 5 Secrets You Need to Win the Crown )
6. Lean in slightly. Leaning forward shows you’re engaged and interested. But be respectful of the other person’s space. That means in most business situations, staying about two feet away. (Read: Body Language Do’s and Don’ts in Pageant Interview)