What Can You Expect During a Pageant Interview?


by pageantprofessors

In a typical pageant, interviews with the judges behind the scenes come first. Contestants have a few scarce minutes to make an impression and wow the judge or judges. Interviews are most often the first time the judges see and interact with the contestants; therefore, an excellent impression is a must. The winner, after all, must be a spokesperson in the community and interact with a variety of people. Poise, polish, and the ability to answer questions thoughtfully and immediately are sought after qualities for any titleholder.

There are two main formats for interviews: a panel interview or one-on-one. A panel interview is when a contestant is seated before a table with multiple judges who fire questions her way. Another standard format is a one-on-one interview with each judge. Directors may make a decision on the type of interview based on how many contestants are participating.

Overall appearance is the first thing the judges will see as the contestants enter the designated interview area. When choosing an interview outfit, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you would be comfortable wearing said outfit if Donald Trump were to enter the room. Zach Efron? Your grandpa? The ensemble should be professional, stylish, smart, sophisticated, fun, and a bit sassy. Hair should be polished and make-up should be flawless as the judges will be seeing contestants up close. Interview make-up is a slightly toned down version of stage make-up. For more in-depth advice on how to choose the perfect interview outfit and accessories, be sure to watch our video, Pageant Interview 101.

Another part of overall appearance during interview is posture. Walk in like you own the room. Be confident. Stand tall. Say hello and introduce yourself with confidence and gusto. If there is a chair for you, be sure to sit up straight on the front edge of the chair with ankles crossed. While sitting in a chair, contestants should remember to cross their ankles and sit with their hands in their lap except when gesticulating during a response. A podium can be used in lieu of a chair. In that case, is important to remember to stand beside the podium and interact with the judges as opposed to hiding behind it.

For both types of interviews, eye contact is imperative. During a panel interview, it is important to make eye contact with every single judge in the room. It is best to begin eye contact with the judge who is asking the question, travel to the others during the response, and end making eye contact with the initial inquiring judge. A loud, clear, confident voice should be used. A good trick is to act as though the panel of judges is a group of mentors and friends that you’ve known for years.

Directors will typically give contestants a list of mock questions that the judges may ask. Judges often pull information from a contestant’s bio sheet for questions such as “Tell me about the time you volunteered at the local homeless shelter,” or “Do you like attending an all girls school?” The weirdest question I ever got was “If you were the opposite sex, would you date yourself?” Take a moment to think about the question and answer it honestly. If it is a controversial question (think of Miss California USA 2009), try to answer it diplomatically and tactfully while still being true to yourself. Study up a bit on your state before the pageant. Know the major politicians, issues, and news so that you can comment on them intelligently if asked.

The judges have to sit through many, many interviews. Making a lasting impression by adding humor, an interesting anecdote, or talking about a memorable cause can increase your score and the odds that you’ll be remembered long before you hit the stage. The best advice for interview is to be yourself; there is no wrong way to be you. Be true to who you are at your very best and you will nail it.

What questions were you asked during interview? Sound off below in the comment section.

  • Gaudy Prodjects

    Here are the popular ones:

    most asked pageant questions
    What is the relevance of beauty pageants?
    Fifteen years from now, how do you see yourself?
    Who is the most influential person in your life?
    If you win in a lottery for __________ pesos, what would you do with it?
    If you had to live your life all over again, what part of your life would you change, why?
    If you were given the chance to live again, what would it be and why?
    If you were given the chance to change something in the past, what would it be and why?
    If god will grant you one wish, what would it be?
    Are you in favor of the reproductive health bill? Why or why not? Please explain.
    What is your edge over other contestants, and why?
    What skills do you have that could help the society?
    What do you think can be your greatest contribution to the community?
    What will be your contribution to mitigate global warming? Please explain.
    What do you like most about yourself? Why?
    How would you describe your own personality?
    What is your philosophy or value that you hold dearest in life?
    To whose famous personality do you find yourself parallel with? Why?
    What do you think is the essence of winning __________?
    How would you convince the audience and the board of judges that you deserve the title?
    If you will be winning the crown tonight, what will be the very first thing you will do and why?
    What do you think is the greatest environmental problem today and its solution?
    What constitutes true beauty?
    What is “success” for you?
    If you did not make it to this contest, what would you do?
    What has been your greatest achievement? What is the best thing that happened to you?
    If there is one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be and why?
    What are the sacrifices you have made for this pageant?
    What is being “simple”?
    What bothers you most about what is happening in the country today?
    What is your favorite body part?
    If you would be a thing, what would it be?
    Who do you think is the sexiest man alive today? Why?
    What is a “winner” for you?
    Source : http://www.pageantanswers.com/list-of-pageant-interview-questions/


  • rica,maristela

    how would you convince the audience and the board of judges that you deserve to win the title

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  • Lauren

    Why should you win the tittle?

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