International beauty pageants such as Miss World, Miss Universe and the likes all have something in common; there is always an interview segment. This is a part of the contest which is set aside by pageantry companies like Empress Universe for interrogating contestants by asking them random questions. A major misconception about beauty pageantry is that it is solely based on aesthetics and having good stage presence. This is wrong because the interview segment is also a very important part of a beauty contest and perhaps the most important.
As a contestant participating in an international beauty pageant, it is essential that you give proper answers to your interview questions, as the interview is important for two basic reasons. These are;
Creating First Impressions: The interview is the first segment of the show where the judges get to know you on a personal level. The interview helps the judges to know who you are behind your pretty face and what you have to offer. It is, therefore, necessary to give off a good show of yourself when answering interview questions.
Showcases You as a Spokesperson: Emerging as the beauty queen makes you a role model who would be invited to major events frequently. It is expected of a thoughtful contestant to show the judges through your interview that you have what it takes to be a great representative and model at any event.
Having discovered the role that the interviewing session plays in your chances of emerging as the beauty queen when you participate in an International Beauty Contest, it is expedient to know the right way to answer these questions. The best way to answer pageant questions is to be as natural as possible.
A lot of times, pageant contestants often rehearse answers to possible interview questions, and this makes their answers sound like scripted and memorized answers. Judges score down contestants who provide such answers as they feel such contestants are not genuine and authentic.
In answering interview questions, you need to let your personality reflect, to avoid sounding stereotyped. There are some common interview answers which make you sound boring and typical; such as:
"I have always wanted to be a beauty queen all my life."
"Winning would mean the world to me."
"I should win because I am hardworking and responsible."
All of these answers have something in common; they are regular answers that can come from just about any contestant. Thus, acknowledge the fact that your task in the interview segment is to convince the judges by standing out, and giving something extra by letting your personality and views reflect in your answers. You also have to be confident in your speech as this is an important quality of a queen.
However, it isn’t a bad thing to practice past questions that judges repeatedly ask, asides that it exposes you to what to expect, it helps you sharpen your skills in relevant areas. You only have to ensure that your answers are not superficial.