Who doesn't need pageant interview tips? You can never stop learning, especially when it comes to communicating effectively with others. And to do it in 10 or even 3 minutes or less? That takes skill and practice.
So let's start with the basics.
Politically, economically, and socially. Read newspapers, books, watch the news. Understand these issues and have a firm stance on them.
Some things might be contraversial and maybe you'll ruffle up some feathers. If the other person loves you unconditionally, you'll have nothing to worry about. But the lesson to be learned here is not only to discover your opinion on important issues, but also to learn to listen and respect others in return, as well as learning to verbally communicate your views effectively. If you do get into any kind of debate, take the opportunity to practice being in the moment; do not think about your response while the question or statement is being given. You should start doing this several months before you compete. Don't try to cram.
You'll be surprised at how many girls don't know this.
A Miss America once told me to learn to and be comfortable with "bridging" or segway into other topics in your interview. For example, if your question is, "What is your favorite color?" (one of the ultimate "fluff" questions). Instead of saying, "pink," you could say, "I love to wear pink, I wear something pink everyday, especially with my pin to promote breast cancer awareness. My Mom is a survivor and I wear it in honor of all who have overcome, and those who fell defeated." And so this will change the direction of your interview. You are in control.
"I don't know the answer to that." Do not apologize for it. Just smile and be open for the next question.
The most simple, yet most difficult pageant interview tip of all; not to mention, the most important. Can't talk if you don't breathe.
If you are a layed-back person, like I am, and perhaps need a little energy before the interview, go find a flight of steps and climb a few just before you walk into the interview room.
Your Most Wanted Response
which is that you want the judges to recognize YOU as the winner. This not only is revealed by what you say, but also by how you say it. To be a winner is an attitude, but not one based on pride or conceite. Winners do not have to proclaim themselves that they are winners.
So make sure that you've got on the most perfect interview suit/outfit for you; one that makes you look like a million bucks.
I think it makes you an all-around better person if you are more of a servant than one who wants to be served. If you volunteer, make sure that is known in your interview.
Better to be firm on your stance and potentially tick a judge off (which, by the way, should not happen since you are judged on how you answer and not on your personal opinion) than tell them what you think they want to hear. Be proud of your opinion. because, after all, it is your opinion.
Some people like doing this and others do not. I think it depends on the person. I find in most cases it's beneficial. Have at least 5 people on the panel that do not know you. When I work with my girls, I set this up for them. However, if you have someone who can be the timer, who can also prep the mock judges with your resume/fact sheet, what they should be looking for and what kind of questions to ask. Don't be afraid to tell the mock judges to ask you extremely hard questions. Which brings me to my next tip...
"Move out of your comfort zone.
You can only grow if you are willing to
feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new."
There are no right or wrong answers. This is not a quiz. It is, however, a test to see if you can think on your feet. Say the question is: "If you were to write a 600 page book about yourself, what would be on page 269?" Focus on what you know instead of what you don't know. So, you can say with a giggle and a smile, "I'm not sure what will be on that page exactly, especially after editing, but I do know the story will start with..." and just go from there.
Pageant interview tips could be endless, but these basics will get you far. Since everyone is different, it is ultimately best to find a pageant interview coach, especially if you've had no success in pageantry. I constantly see girls try over and over again to win a title, but they don't seem to know what to change, or worse, they don't know that they even have to change. Which brings me to another pageant interview tip--
If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting.
Know when you need intervention. And know that that's one of the reasons why we are here to help!