Pageant Interview Questions: A Chat

That's all it really is. Pageant interview questions are the beginning of a chat between you and the ones who were picked to find the most qualified young lady for the community job of Miss (whatever title you are preparing for) title.  

Think about chatting with your BFF on the corner on a summer day. No slouching though. And no gum. 

Since the private interview is…well…private, pageant interview questions seem to be something pageant girls really concern themselves over. And for good reason!  It’s usually the biggest percentage of your score! And if it isn't, it's usually the first time the judges may see you or definitely the first time the judges will talk to you.  First impressions are important.  So, I totally get how "fear of the unknown questions" can settle in.

But have no fear.  It's just a chat.

“But what will the ask me?”

My answer?  I don’t know.  They can literally ask you anything.  They are given your fact sheet that you filled out, and a platform statement  (if that’s required), and a gorgeous, professional-looking headshot. From there, the judges can ask you about anything from your fact sheet, and platform statement. In addition, they can also ask you about social events, current and historical, your family, trivia questions (what’s your state flower) your opinion about an issue, anything highly controversial to extremely “fluffy” questions.

For teens, they may not ask controversial or heavy political questions. That doesn't mean you can't "go there" if you want to.  If you can handle some politics, girl, handle it like a boss ( know I would have not  handled it well as a teen. I barely handled it well as a young adult)! But know what you put on your resume/fact sheet and know your platform issue well. 

A List of Pageant Interview Questions

You may not even get any of these pageant interview questions in your interview, but you can use this list to practice answering in a concise manner, projecting, relaxing, sometimes being witty, fun and smiling (when applicable), way.  It will get your wheels turning in the right direction! These are non-political, by the way.  Know your politics, though. Know people in the House, the Cabinet,  State representatives, foreign leaders…everybody. Know what they stand for and whether you agree with them or not. 

"Should a" Tip: I remember boarding the plane from Florida to Atlantic City with the other contestants that year. Almost every girl had their noses buried in a binder with newspaper clippings of current events and other pertinent information.  I didn't get the binder memo that year.  I would have been so much better prepared for my interview.  

  • What do you feel is the most pressing issue among your peers today?
  • If you had to evacuate from you house due to a hurricane and you could only bring one thing, what would that be?
  • Who is your role model?
  • Does your family have a tradition, and what is it?
  • If you could have lunch with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?
  • What was the last book you read?
  • What is your favorite subject in school?
  • If money was no object, what would you do with your time?
  • What makes you laugh?

I bombed my interview at Miss America.  The most ridiculous question I got was, "which fruit would you rather be, a banana or an orange?"  It left me speechless. What would you say?

  • What is the most difficult thing you had to face and how did you overcome it?
  • If you were to become Miss (fill in the blank) tonight, what is the first thing you would do after celebrating your victory?
  • What are 5 things on your “bucket list?”
  • What do you do in your free time?
  • I am new to your hometown. Where would you take me to showcase your town?