Our pageant interview practice videos get many comments, and the most common is about how to answer pageant interview questions. While there is some advice available out there with sample answers of "how you COULD answer pageant questions" the best way to truly teach contestants how to give answers at pageants is to give them an outline so that they are able to answer ANY pageant questions asked of them - EVER!
The first step in learning how to answer any pageant interview question successfully is to follow this basic outline:
Step 1 - Repeat the Question
Repeating the interview question will buy you a little bit of time to think about your answer. It also makes you sound more intelligent because you are giving a complete sentence, a complete thought, and not just throwing out an answer because you heard it somewhere else before. Think about your answer while repeating the question. Then go to step two.
Step 2 - Answer the Question
As a pageant judge, my biggest pet peeve was when I would ask a pageant contestant a question and she gave me a big long sentence that had absolutely nothing to do with what was asked of her. It was shocking! Part of the reason I wrote the Ultimate Pageant Notebook book series was due to my experience as a judge and seeing how much help was needed for contestants. I honestly wanted them all to do well! So please - listen to the question, repeat the question, and then answer it. It doesn't matter what your answer is, or what your opinion is, or what your major is in college. The subject of your answer doesn't matter as much as the fact that you are able to give an appropriate answer. Because in essence you are applying for a job as pageant titleholder, and we want to know that when standing in front of an audience or the press that you will know how to respond to questions.
Step 3 - Tie Your Answer in with Your Platform
This step could mean the difference between making the finals and winning a pageant. Why? Because not only are you showing you have the ability to answer a question appropriately, but then you are taking this very brief opportunity of time you have been given to show the judges why you should win the pageant. If you master this, you can win the crown. It's that simple.
Now, go back to our Pageant Interview Questions videos and see if you are able to apply these steps to answer each of the questions. Do it one video at a time. Keep practicing! You don't have to memorize your answers, but you need to learn how to take these three steps toward answering every question.
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While many pageant fans are shocked, there are several Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe hopefuls out there who are breathing a sigh of relief after this year's fiasco with the live national telecast of the Miss USA 2015 pageant being axed by NBC at the final hour. So what do the new owners have in store?
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WME represents many famous celebrities, with their talent roster including top model Cara Delevingne. Bottom line - this change could bring even more opportunities for pageant titleholders worldwide to expand their horizons in the fashion and entertainment industry. You go, girls!
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