The Best Way to Prepare for Your Pageant Interview: Practice Questions Included!

The Best Way to Prepare for Your Pageant Interview: Practice Questions Included!

November 3, 2022
By Katerina Katakalides

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If you’re here it means one thing: you’re totally serious about winning your next pageant! When it comes to pageant prep, the way you prepare will look different for every area of competition. However, one thing remains consistent across all aspects of prep: practice makes perfect!

Sometimes, practicing for your pageant interview can seem a bit challenging. After all, an interview typically involves at least two people or sometimes even more if you’re practicing for a panel-style interview. There’s an easy way around this seemingly tricky predicament- using sample interview questions to interview yourself!

Now, we know this might sound silly or even impossible at first. How can someone ask themselves on-the-spot questions without ruining the element of surprise? Well, we have a trick for you! Instead of creating your own pageant interview questions, which will hinder your ability to think on your feet, you can use curated sample questions provided by Queenly! We created a list of popular pageant interview questions that have been asked at countless pageants across a variety of systems. Whether you’re preparing for a local Miss America competition, competing at a Miss USA state pageant, or are getting ready to represent your country at an international pageant, these pageant interview questions are likely to make an appearance.

Now that you have a list of popular pageant interview questions, you can choose how you practice! If you have a friend or family member around that’s willing to help out, you can have them go down the list so you can figure out which questions give you trouble. If there’s a common theme, like hypothetical questions or questions about current events, then you know to brush up on this area a bit more. If you’re practicing for your pageant interview on your own, then we have a trick for you! Print out this list of interview questions and cut the questions into strips. Fold up your questions and place them in a container- bonus points if you have a classic “pageant fishbowl!” Then, any time you want to practice for your interview, you can reach in and pull out a random interview question. This method will help you practice a variety of questions while training your brain to think quickly in the interview room!

Popular Practice Interview Questions

1. What makes you unique?
2. Where do you see yourself in five years?
3. What is the next goal you hope to achieve?
4. Why should you win this pageant?
5. What do you like most about yourself?
6. What is the first thing you’ll do if you win the crown?
7. Why do you want to be the next titleholder?
8. What legacy would you want to leave as a titleholder?
9. What qualities should a titleholder have?
10. How did you start competing in pageants?
11. Why do you participate in pageantry?
12.. What have you gained from pageantry?
13. What is your pageant platform and why is it important?
14. As the next titleholder, how will you promote your pageant platform?
15. What has been your favorite volunteer experience?
16. Who is your biggest role model?
17. Which celebrity is a positive role model for young girls?
18. Which pageant titleholder serves or has served as a strong role model?
19. Who inspires you?
20. What inspires you?
21. Which celebrity or public figure do you admire the most?
22. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
23. What is your favorite thing about your hometown?
24. If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be?
25. What has been the most impactful event in your life?
26. How will you balance the responsibilities of being a titleholder with your current responsibilities?
27. What is your favorite way to your free time?
28. What is your biggest weakness?
29. What is your biggest strength?
30. If you could make one wish, what would you wish for?
31. If you can create any law, what would it be?
32. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
33. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
34. Has technology hurt or helped society?
35. Does social media have a positive or negative impact?
36. Do you think pageants have a positive or negative impact on society?
37. Have you ever faced criticism for competing in pageants and if so, how did you handle it?
38. Have you ever been bullied and if so, how did you handle it?
39. How do you deal with peer pressure?
40. What does confidence mean to you?
41. How do you promote confidence in yourself and others?
42. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
43. If you could ask the president one question, what would you ask?
44. If you could speak to your younger self, what would you say?
45. If you could speak to the nation for five minutes, what would you talk about?
46. What changes do you hope to see in the world?
47. What is the biggest challenge that you’ve faced?
48. What is the biggest challenge facing young women?
49. How have you overcome failure?
50. How do you handle disappointment?

Wow- those were a lot of practice questions! We know this list can seem overwhelming at first but remember, you don't have to practice them all at once. Sprinkling pageant interview prep throughout your overall pageant prep timeline has never been easier! Now you can be certain that you’ll stand out in the interview room!

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