SAMPLE PAGEANT QUESTIONS FOR INTERVIEW

Here are some sample questions that are quite common in pageants.   These are not necessarily questions that will be used in our pageant or on-stage.   However, they are great examples of questions that you may want to think about, have a position on, or be knowledgeable about.    Many of these example questions make you evaluate yourself and your goals.     Some of these questions may be outdated, but think of ways that the question could be updated to apply to current times.   Always know the latest on current events!


PAGEANT QUESTIONS

CURRENT EVENTS

  • War with Afghanistan, Iraq, on Terror

  • Violence/Protests in other countries

  • Gay rights, marriage, adoption

  • Election year, politics, voting, how's the President doing?

  • 9/11, Safety, Airline screen procedures

  • Stem cell research

  • Current events related to your platform

  • Sentencing guidelines on various crimes

  • Separation of Church and State

  • Anything current - read your papers and watch the news!

  • Texting, sexting, bullying

  • Texting while driving, dangers, sentencing

  • Economy / Deficit

  • Being Green / Environmental Issues

  • Controversial topics / court cases

  • Mass Shootings (malls, schools, movie theaters) / Gun Control issues

  • Fiscal Cliff

  • Social Media issues and etiquette (on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other websites)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • List three adjectives that best describe yourself.
  • Name one of your strengths and one of your weaknesses.
  • What would constitute a "perfect" evening for you?
  • If you woke up tomorrow and gained any one ability or quality, what would you want it to be?
  • What is your most treasured memory?
  • What is the greatest accomplishment of your life? Is there anything you hope to do that is even better?
  • What’s a down day for you?
  • Define "class" without giving me an example.
  • Does society define "success" for women the same way we do for men?
  • What does "success" mean to you? Have you achieved it?
  • As far as success, does luck have a hand in destiny?
  • For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  • When has your life most dramatically changed as the result of some seemingly random external influence? How much do you feel in control of the course of your life? How did it affect your life?
  • Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  • What do you most strive for in your life: accomplishment, security, love, power, excitement, knowledge, or something else?
  • What motivates you and why?
  • When you get up in the morning and look in the mirror, what do you see?
  • How are you feeling at this moment?
  • Have you set a time limit on being successful?
  • How do you set goals for yourself?
  • What is your philosophy on life?
  • What do you value most in a relationship with a friend?
  • How do you handle peer pressure when it goes against your values?
  • If you go out on a date, how do you feel about splitting the check?
  • What do you think the woman’s social rights and responsibilities are?
  • Do you think women can have a career and also a family?
  • If you could change one thing in the world, what would you change and why?
  • What are you personally doing to save our environment?
  • How do you respond to a homeless person on the street asking you for money?
  • What act of friendship made a difference in your life?
  • How would you introduce yourself in you were a guest speaker?
  • What has been your biggest disappointment in life? Your biggest failure?
  • Can you be counted on to do what you say you will do?
  • What is the biggest problem facing our country today?
  • What is the primary role of a woman in the first decade of the 21st century?
  • Do you believe that "the woman makes the difference"?
  • How has the role of women changed since the turn of the century?

MISCELLANEOUS

  • If you could not be involved in the field you are in, what direction would you take in life?
  • A century from now, what music do you think will represent our current times? Why?
  • As an educated woman who is also very attractive, how do you deal with the stereo typing based on beauty alone?
  • How do you use your beauty, and how is it used against you?
  • Justify for me, if you can, a college professor making $70,000 a year (or less), and an athlete making $700,000+ a year. What is your opinions of this?
  • What pushes your hot button?
  • What was the happiest moment in your life?
  • If you could go back and relive part of your life, what part would that be and why?
  • If you could go back in time to any time period, which one would you choose & why?
  • Tell me about a bad decision you have made.
  • What is it that you do in your free time?
  • What do you consider a "luxury"?
  • What other cities, states, or countries have you visited? Describe your impressions.
  • What is America’s greatest quality?
  • Tell me about Civitan? (or other civic organizations on your fact sheet)
  • Tell me about your favorite teacher?
  • Who is your favorite musician? Composer? Artist? Performer? Etc.?
  • What has not happened in your life that you wish could happen?
  • What magazine cover do you see yourself on? Your Husband on? The Judges on?
  • How important is your wardrobe? How does it affect your budget?

INSPIRATIONS

  • Who is your role model, and why?
  • Whom do you admire most? In what way does that person inspire you?
  • Who is the woman you admire most?
  • As times change, what contemporary woman do you think is the best role model for your generation and why?
  • Who is the most influential woman in Florida? in USA? in Politics?
  • What important figure (political, sports, entertainer, etc.) either local, state, or national do you feel is the best role model for young people today, and why?
  • Do you feel you have much impact on the lives of the people you come in contact with?
  • In what way could you be a role model for the youth of today?
  • Can you think of someone outside of your family who, over a short period of time, significantly influenced your life?
  • In the past 100 years, who, in your opinion, has been the most influential person in the world?

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • What is your platform? Please explain.
  • How does your platform impact the community? The state? The nation?
  • Are you involved in any community service activities? If so, what? If not, what would you be interested in doing in the future for our community?
  • What specifically have you done, hands-on, within your platform?
  • Can you expand your platform on a state-wide basis? (on a national basis?)
  • Does your platform need special funding (on a local, state, or national basis), if so, where are those funding coming from or where can funds come from?
  • What special charities, causes, or groups do you support and why?
  • How do we encourage people and get them excited about volunteerism?
  • Who is your rolemodel for your volunteer work?
  • If you could trade places with a character on TV, who would it be and why?

CHOICES

  • What is more important: beauty or intelligence?
  • What’s more important: life experience or education?
  • Would you rather be a member of a world championship sports team or be the champion of an individual sport? Which sport would you choose?
  • Which sex do you think has it easier in our culture? Have you ever wished you were of the opposite sex?
  • What is more important: a woman’s right to work to fulfill herself or the right of the child to have a "stay at home" mom?
  • Would you rather be extremely successful professionally and have a tolerable yet unexciting private life, or have an extremely happy private life and only a tolerable and uninspiring professional life?
  • Would you like for your spouse to be both smarter and more attractive than you?
  • If both you and your husband had good jobs and your husband was offered a promotion in another state, what would you do?
  • Is it more important to be liked or respected, and why?
  • If the person you were engaged to marry had an accident and became a paraplegic, would you go through with the marriage or back out of it?
  • Who in the world (living or dead) would you most like to meet? Why? What would you tell them or ask them?
  • If you could invite three people to dinner, who would it be and why?
  • What is the most vivid memory you have of your childhood?
  • How do you handle people not liking you?
  • What are the most important gifts you’ve ever received?
  • In what way do you see yourself as being difficult to live with?
  • Describe beauty.
  • What constitutes a "gentleman" today?
  • Do you think it’s important for a husband to participate in housework?
  • Do you think today’s women are more aggressive than they used to be?
  • What’s your most embarrassing moment?

PAGEANT RELATED

  • What was the best advice you received about entering this Pageant?
  • Why would you make a good Miss/Mrs._____________?
  • Why do you think you deserve to be Miss/Mrs. _________?
  • What qualities do you think a young lady should possess to make a good Miss _______?
  • What is something special that you could contribute by being Miss/Mrs _________?
  • Give me a 30 second commercial on the area (school, city, festival) that you will be representing if you win Miss ___________.
  • Give me a 30 second commercial on Jacksonville/First Coast?
  • Give me a 30 second commercial on Florida?
  • Give me a 30 second commercial on the USA?
  • Give me a 30 second commercial on this pageant.
  • If you were going to give me a tour of your hometown, what three places would you show me?
  • How would you promote the State of Florida to a visitor?
  • How has this pageant challenged you?
  • What is the main goal you plan to accomplish as Miss/Mrs. _____________?
  • Of all the areas you are competing in, which did you prepare the most for?
  • How did you prepare for this interview? For other categories?
  • What personal sacrifices have you made so far in preparing for this pageant?
  • How would respond to the statement: pageants exploit women?
  • If you had a daughter, would you recommend that she enter a pageant? Why?
  • If you become Miss/Mrs. _____ and were making an appearance, and you encountered someone who is totally opposed to the pageant system, how would you change their attitude?
  • What you have learned most by competing in this pageant?
  • If there was one thing you could change about this pageant, what would it be and why?
  • Would you consider competing again in this pageant if you did not win this time?
  • If you were judging a pageant, what would be the most important quality that you’d look for in the winner?
  • What has been the most difficult thing about the pageant so far?
  • Why do you want to win this pageant?
  • What do you have to offer this pageant and the philosophy by which it stands for?
  • Why do you think you are qualified to win this title?
  • How would you define what this pageant is?
  • Do you think you are going to win this pageant?
  • What would it mean to you if you won?
  • Is there any pressure from your family to compete in pageants?
  • How would you spend any award money that you win in this pageant?
  • What would your responsibilities be if you won the title?
  • How will you be able to balance the role of being a good wife with your career and aspirations of being the next Mrs. Florida Int’l?
  • Why did you enter this pageant?
  • If you don’t win this pageant, how will you react?
  • If you don’t’ win this pageant, where will you put the blame?
  • We tend to put titleholders, particularly national titleholders, on a pedestal. Is it wrong for us to expect her to be a perfect person?
  • State and national titleholders are very public personalities. How will you deal with the fact that you will sort of lose your privacy and you will become this very outstanding young woman in America if you win?
  • In preparing for this Miss/Mrs. _______ Pageant, how can you justify the amount of money spent on wardrobe in comparison to the scholarships or prizes received or to daily and life commitments and expenses?
  • What is your best trait? How will you use it in this pageant?
  • How did you feel after meeting the other contestants for the first time?
  • Rate yourself in all competitions on a scale of 1 to 10.
  • Is there anything we didn’t ask you that you would like to tell us?
  • Who is the current Miss America and what is her platform?
  • Who is the current Mrs. Florida Int’l and what is her platform?
  • Would you add credibility to pageants?
  • Would you improve this pageant?
  • How has your husband helped you prepare for competition?

 

2015 Miss Florida USA Pageant - On Stage Questions (July 12, 2014)

 

1.           Would you compromise your values to achieve your goals? 

2.           Do you believe that beauty pageants, like Miss Florida USA, cause young girls around the country to have distorted self images which lead to eating disorders? 

3.           How do you think we can help stop the epidemic of childhood obesity as a disease? 

4.           If you counsel the president on any one issue, what would it be and why?             

5.           Which role of a man compliments a woman better:  father, son, or partner? 

6.           ___________ 

7.           ___________ 

8.           ___________ 

9.           Realty TV - is it positive or negative? 

10.         Do you believe women are depicted positively in movies and on TV? 

11.         What law would you write? 

12.         What do you think the ingredients are for success for women in today's society? 

13.         Is it appropriate for employers to ask for your social media passwords? 

14.         What qualities do women possess that make them strong leaders? 

15.         Date rate is a nationwide problem.  What can be done to protect yourself from this crime? 

16.         What is more important - life experience or education?

 

2014 Miss Florida Teen USA Pageant - On Stage Questions (10/6/13)

 (1) Why do you think your high school years are known as the best years of your life?

 (2) In what ways would you encourage your friends to help the environment?

 (3) If you could choose one charity to devote all of your time to, what would it be and why?

 (4) How would you handle a situation where you saw your friend being bullied on the internet?

 (5) Should women be allowed to serve in equal combat roles in the armed forces and why/why not?

 (6) If you could be featured on the cover of any magazine, what would it be and why?

 (7) If you could spend the day with anyone (living or deceased), who would it be and what would you do with that person?

 (8) What one thing would you change about teenagers today?

 (9) Our youth of this generation are constantly on social media/networking, do you feel that such affects the way that they interact with others personally?

 (10) What skills are lacking the most in today's teens?

 (11) If you could have two celebrity parents, who would they be and why?

 (12) Do you think that social media has helped or hurt our society?

 (13) What would you go back and tell yourself if you were eight years old?

 (14) How can we educate our youth about the importance of volunteerism and get them involved in their communities?

 (15) What things can be done to stop on-line bullying?

 (16) Do you believe that the young Hollywood celebrities out there, do they represent positive rolemodels for teenagers to idolize them?  Why or why not?

 

QUESTIONS ASKED ON STAGE AT MISS USA 2012 (June 3rd, 2012)

1.)        To Miss GA USA:  The Mayor of New York recently banned the sale of large-sized sugary/energy drinks.   Did he go too far?

2.)        To Miss NV USA:  Recently six Miss USA contestants were made fun of for not knowing the current Vice President of the United States.   Why do you think they didn't know that answer?

3.)        To Miss RI USA:   Would you feel that it would be fair if a transgender contestant won Miss USA over a natural born female/woman?

4.)        To Miss MD USA:  What is your view of the television show Toddlers & Tiaras?

5.)        To Miss OH USA:  Do you think women are depicted in movies and TV in a positive way?

 

QUESTIONS ASKED ON STAGE AT MISS FLORIDA USA PAGEANT 2013 (held July 2012)

1.)       There have been issues with budget cuts in arts education.  Is this area of education necessary for personal growth?

2.)       What is your opinion on financial aid being offered for technical education?  (example:  cosmetology)

3.)       What one thing in the world would you get rid of or eliminate?

4.)       Our country is facing a lot of environmental issues, so how can we "go green"?

5.)       Do you think employers should have access to or review a potential employee's social media, such as Facebook, and base the decision of hiring upon such?

6.)       Are professional athletes overpaid?

7.)       If you had $2 million dollars, what would you give it to in the area of education?

8.)       If you could pass any law, what would it be?

9.)       In the next year (one year), what is the one thing you would want to accomplish in that time frame?

10.)     If you could give advice to a powerful and influential person, who would that person be and what advice would you give them?

11.)     Is there a correlation between violence on TV and how our society behaves and acts today?

12.)     If you had $1 million dollars, what one singular thing would you do with it?

13.)    Is there pressure being a public figure?

14.)     (Did not get this one copied down.  I believe the subject was:  Would you change your appearance....?  Religion.....?)

15.     What would be the hardest thing to give up on?

16.     What qualities do women possess that make them great leaders?

 

QUESTIONS ASKED ON STAGE AT MISS FL TEEN USA PAGEANT 2013 (held October 2012)

1.       Adolescent drug abuse is a big problem today.  What would you do to prevent such abuse?

2.       If you could be a teacher for a day, what would you want to achieve?

3.       Teens today face problems with bullying and many teens have taken their lives because of it.   What could you do to protect teens in this situation.

4.       If you could make a difference in the life of one person, who would it be and why?

5.       What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done, and what did you learn?

6.       If you could write a law to be passed nationally, what would it be?

7.       What is the biggest challenged young people face today, and how could you help control it?

8.       How can you make your school greener?

9.       Do you agree with schools taking physical fitness out of the curriculum? 

10.     Some say text messaging is taking away the ability of teens to write proper sentences with proper spelling?   What is your opinion on this?

11.     How important do you feel arts education is to the teens of today?

12.     Do you believe there are enough measures in school in place to prevent bullying?

13.     Do you believe it is appropriate for children under 14 to have a Facebook account?

14.     Do you think social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, have a positive or negative influence on teens?

15.     Do you think magazines should photo-shop or alter their models' pictures?   Why or why not?

16.     Do you think that social media has helped or hurt our society?

 

QUESTIONS ASKED ON STAGE AT MISS FL TEEN USA PAGEANT 2012 (held October 2011)

1.)                Facebook has become a powerful tool in today’s society, do you think parents should monitor their child’s Facebook?

 2.)                What are some measures we as a society can take to overcome the pressures that the media places on a young woman’s body today?

 3.)                Which is more important to you:  winning, or being totally committed to what you are here for?

 4.)                Do you think Facebook and other networking sites positively or negatively affect today’s teenagers?

 5.)                If you could convey one message to a young girl who is struggling with bullying what would it be?

 6.)                Many mainstream artists today are conveying negative messages through theirs lyrics, do you believe these should be played on the radio?

 7.)                Do you believe teenagers can get just as good of an education from a vocational or trade school?

 8.)                Would you consider yourself to be a optimist, pessimist, or realist?

 9.)        Do you feel like future employer’s and/ or future college administration officers should look at candidate’s Facebook and MySpace accounts to determine the quality of applicants?

 10.)      Concerts are popular past times for teenagers. Given their popularity do you feel there should be a rating system to properly guide parents on deciding if a concert is appropriate for their teens?

 11.)            How do you feel about the message that reality T.V. sends to teens?

 12.)            Should teenagers work a job and go to school at the same time?

 13.)            Many teenage girls and boys have fallen victim to eating disorders, what can we do as a community to prevent this from happening and aid those individuals who have already been consumed with these disorders?

 14.)            Every student has the opportunity of a free education from kindergarten to 12th grade, should college as well be free?

 15.)            Do you think texting should be illegal while driving?

 16.)            If you could speak out about pageant stereotyping what would you say?

 

QUESTIONS FROM MISS FLORIDA'S OUTSTANDING TEEN PAGEANT 2005 - Used in Interview

 Tell us about the "Children of Nemours." (her platform)
 Do you think it is the responsibility of the private citizens or the government to fund cancer research? (platform related)
 Since you are attending a school for the performing arts, what do you say to people who think you are not getting a well rounded education since you are at a specialty school?
 What is your favorite type of dance?
 What has being a cashier at Publix taught you? (her job)
 You have achieved a lot in your young life so far, what have you had to given up to achieve the things that are here in front of us [on your fact sheet/paperwork]?
 Would you ever go on a show like "The Bachelor?"
 If we were to ask Sarah and Sabrina (her siblings) about you, what would they say?
 Do you consider yourself to be a typical teenager?
 Your mom is a stay-at-home mom. Do you consider that a full time job and professional career?
 You perform at local nursing homes. What personal benefit do you receive from that?
 What have you done to keep yourself in the top 5 of your [high school] class? And how many students are in your class?
 You want to go into fashion. Do you think we allow the fashion designers too much say in what we wear or what we don't wear?
 Who's your favorite designer?
 Has the dual enrollment path [high school & college courses] been harder for you? Do the kids [your fellow students] look at you as trying to do better than them?
 I see that you are very active volunteering in your community. What is it that motivates you to be so involved in the community?
 You have over 700 hours of community service. Other than your involvement in the local food drive, what is the most rewarding community service project or activity that you've done?
 We will be judging 25 other incredible young ladies [contestants], why should you win?
 What have you done to prepare for this pageant?
 Why do you do all that [preparation]? What is the reward for you?
 You have been to lots of camps for dance and cheerleading. Do you want to continue that in college?
 Tell us what is going to amaze us in your talent performance?
 Do you consider yourself to be a typical teenager?
 

FAMILY ISSUES

  • Do you think the family unit is important in today’s society?
  • What is your definition of traditional family values?
  • Can you recall the best advice a family member ever gave you?
  • Should parents of adopted children tell their child they are adopted? If so, why?
  • Should adopted children meet their real parents some time in their life?
  • Where is the line drawn between discipline and child abuse?
  • Do you think that children coming from divorced families should be put in peer groups or counseling sessions?
  • What should the male/female relationship be, and what should the male’s responsibility be both emotionally and psychologically to the marriage?
  • Should fathers be granted paternity leave by their respective employers?
  • What advice would you give on how to pick the perfect mate?
  • What kind of program would you activate for the elderly if you were chose Miss/Mrs.___________?
  • How do you feel about the practice of putting aging family members into nursing homes?
  • If you were a parent, what on e value would you teach your child?
  • How forgiving are you when your family or friends let you down?
  • What do children owe their parents and what do parents owe their children?

CHILDREN’S ISSUES

  • Do you think that television and movies display too much violence and, if so, do you feel that violence can influence a student’s behavior?
  • What is the biggest problem facing teens today?
  • How do you handle peer pressure?
  • How do you feel about the educational system in our country?
  • In Japan, children go to school six days a week and 280 days a year. In America, children go to school approximately 180 days a year. How can we compete with education in Japan?
  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of enrolling children in pre-school?
  • What is the greatest need for children today?
  • What would you do to reduce a child’s TV time and improve the quality of TV?
  • If you were returned to your hometown and had $100,000 to distribute, how would you distribute the money?
  • Do schools need a complete revamping? What innovations would you like to see?
  • Do you think rap music is sending the wrong message to the youth?
  • How has television influenced drug use?
  • As Miss/Mrs. ________, how will you convince parents to set guidelines for their children?
  • Is there a tie between our youths’ need for attention and recognition in the latch key child?
  • How severe should the punishment be for a pregnant woman who abuses drugs?
  • Is MTV, VH1, etc., partly responsible for the sexual revolution as it were, in young people today in keeping it going? Or what source is responsible?
  • How can we handle the dramatic drop-out of high school students? Is there anything preventative that can be done?
  • How do you account for the children of the 90’s succumbing to parental pressure to win and excel?
  • Do you think there is a direct result from taking corporal punishment out of the school and the lack of discipline in children today?
  • How do you feel about AIDS education in our schools and should condoms be distributed in schools? What age should such education start?
  • What is your opinion or suggestions regarding situations in schools where individuals commit mass murders by shoot outs or bombs? Are there warning signs to look for from the individuals who commit these acts?
  • What can be done to prevent young people from committing crime at an early age?
  • Do you believe there should be a curfew on juveniles to get them off the streets at a certain time at night? Would it aid in juvenile crime?
  • Should we take drivers licenses away from high school dropouts, why or why not?
  • Do you think high school sports are an important part of school?
  • Should minors convicted for a violent crime be sentenced as an adult?
  • How can high school better prepare students for college?
  • How do you feel about the high rate of teenage suicide? What could be done about it?
  • Should it be made mandatory that high school students participate in philanthropic projects in their community? Would this benefit the student or the community?
  • Should students in public schools were uniforms?
  • Do you feel your school is safe?

NEWS/MEDIA

  • If you could choose any news story of the past year to cover, what would it be and why?
  • Do you see any problems in the manner the news is reported?
  • How can we encourage the news media to report more stories about the good things that young people are doing?
  • With the news media capitalizing on the negative or sensationalism, how can you as Miss/Mrs. ________ influence them to keep things in a positive way?
  • How far should a journalist go in researching a story?
  • Do you think the news media goes too far in scrutinizing the private lives of politicians?
  • If you were on a TV talk show and could get one message across to the viewers, what subject would it be on?
  • Which is worse on TV: violence or sex? Which one would you get rid of? Why?

GOVERNMENTAL ISSUES

  • Are you registered to vote? What party? Why?
  • Have the philosophies of the Democratic & Republican Parties grown together?
  • Should there be a limit on a candidates funds and donations received?
  • If you had to pick one current social problem we have in our society, what would it be and how would you try to be a champion of change?
  • When you vote, what considerations do you taken into account in respect to the candidates, and do you think they should be held accountable for their personal actions outside the realm of their responsibility to voters?
  • Do you think the government is doing enough for AIDS research?
  • What would you do to convince the government to provide more funding for AIDS research?
  • Should there be a plan to limit the amount of money spent on political campaigns?
  • What is your opinion of the government in our country? Of our President?
  • Should we limit the time served in government officers and officials?
  • Should the abortion issue be a major factor in electing our public officials?
  • If you were the President for a day, what important issue would you address?
  • If you were the President, how would you handle the homeless situation?
  • Who is to blame for the continuing growth of our federal deficit - the President or Congress?
  • Do you think it is appropriate for the first lady to participate in her husband’s decision making process as President? Why or why not?
  • Do you think the first lady should hold an official appointed government position or be allowed to run for an office?
  • Should the government provide legal services to the poor?
  • The Florida government has a problem raising enough money to fund state services. What should be done to provide an adequate source of money for these services?
  • Do you think Florida should have a state income tax? Why or why not?

MISC. CURRENT EVENT / NEWS ISSUES

  • If you could have a conversation with the President, what would you like to say?
  • Do we need a national Health Care System in America?
  • What is the best way to prevent the spread of AIDS?
  • Should AIDS carriers be quarantined (in schools, etc.)?
  • What is your opinion of mandatory AIDS testing?
  • Would you want to know if your medical provider, Dr., nurse had AIDS? Would that be a violation of that person’s privacy?
  • How do you feel about euthanasia?
  • Who involved should America be in the problems of other countries?
  • What is your opinion of our country’s involvement in Kosovo?
  • In America, every criminal has the right to an attorney. Should every citizen have the right to a doctor?
  • Do you think women in the armed forces should serve in combat, why or why not?
  • What is the impact on your state of military bases closing?
  • Is it fair to your state to accept an excessive amount of refugees? Why or why not?
  • Since Americans are living longer, should the retirement age be raised? If so, what age should it be?
  • Is it appropriate for gays to serve in the military?
  • What would be your stand on banning smoking in all public places?
  • How do you feel about socialized medicine?
  • Is it important to buy American made products?
  • Is it unpatriotic for an American to buy a foreign car?
  • What would you consider sexual harassment?
  • Date rape is a serious problem. What can be done to protect yourself and other women from this crime?
  • If you were a victim of sexual harassment on the job, would you quit, keep quiet, or forget it?
  • Many single women are starting to have children by artificial insemination or adoption. What are your feelings on this?
  • We hear a lot about Senior Citizen abuse at the hands of their children, would Adult Day Care eliminate this problem?
  • How would you handle knowledge about a child abuse case?
  • Is having been abused an excuse for becoming an abuser?
  • Should marijuana be legalized? Any other drug?
  • Is the justice system too hard or not hard enough on first time drug offenders?
  • Has the lottery benefited the educational system in Florida?
  • What steps are needed for a more effective drug program in Florida?
  • As someone who cares about animals, how do you feel about medical experimentation on animals?
  • What would you do to correct the over-crowding in the prison system today?
  • Capital Punishment/Corporal Punishment?
  • What is your opinion on physician-assisted suicides?
  • Do you think politics and religion mix?
  • What do you look for in a political candidate?
  • Testing of products on animals (including make-up or products you use)
  • Social media issues of the day, Facebook, Twitter
  • Cyber - bullying
  • Gay/Lesbian - marriages or domestic partner unions
  • Distracted driving / texting and driving

MISC. CURRENT EVENT/NEWS ISSUES

  • What can you do on a local level to help the needy find medical care?
  • Why do we have an illiteracy problem?
  • If you could pass a law tomorrow concerning child abuse, what would that law be?
  • What is your solution to DUI problems?
  • Should teachers be allowed to strike?
  • In today’s society, more and more children are being born out of wedlock. Why is this generation condoning this behavior?
  • What do we need to do to change the way welfare is being handled in this country?
  • Is an abortion a woman’s choice? How do you feel about it?
  • Florida has the death penalty. As a citizen of Florida, how do you feel about this type of punishment?
  • Should executions be televised? Would it deter crime?
  • Should smoking in any public place be allowed and why?
  • Do you think the current process to elect people to the Supreme Court is fair and why? (appointment by Pres., approv. By Senate)
  • Who is your favorite amount the recent First Ladies?
  • What is your suggestion to resolve the problem with the homeless?
  • What solution can you offer to educate the homeless?
  • Should we teach Sex Education in the schools or is it the parents’ responsibility? If in schools, starting at what age?
  • What is your opinion on televangelists?
  • Is there room in the scripture for different interpretations? What do you think about all of the current revised versions of the Bible?
  • Should gay and lesbian couples or individuals be able to adopt children?
  • Who do you see as a good candidate for President in the next election?
  • Many schools are cutting back on arts programs to develop their sports programs. What are your feelings or suggestions?
  • Do you think being a surrogate mother is a good thing? Would you be a surrogate mother for a family member or very close friend?
  • What do you see as Florida’s greatest asset and its greatest problem and why?
  • The concept of living together before marriage has become more and more common place. How do you feel about this issue?
  • Do you believe that racism is still a problem today?
  • Do you feel that setting hiring quotas for minorities, women, and handicapped is a valid concept, and why?
  • Are you pro-life or pro-choice regarding abortion? Should it be up to each individual state to make its laws in this regard, or should there be a uniform national law?
  • It has been said that college campuses in the US are not safe. How do you feel about this statement. What can be done to make our campuses safer?
  • Every year more and more people apply for admission into the United States. Do you feel that we should let all of these people into our country?
  • Who is your Mayor? State Senators & Representatives? US Senators & Representatives? Governor? Other major offices?
  • Name significant women in positions of power.
  • Know you President, Vice President, Governor, Lt. Governor, Mayor, Senators, and Representatives for your area

IN THE FUTURE

  • What do you see yourself doing in one year? Ten years?
  • What are your goals for the future? Name one thing you are currently doing to help accomplish your goals for the future.
  • Do you think the world will be a better or a worse place 100 years from now?
  • If you knew there would be a nuclear war in one week, what would you do?
  • What are your specific long-term goals? What is one and how do you plan on reaching it?

SITUATIONAL QUESTIONS

  • For a person you loved deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing there would be little chance of seeing your friends or family again?
  • If you went to a dinner party and were offered a dish you had never tried, would you want to taste it even if it sounded strange and not very appealing?
  • At a dinner out with friends, your friends start belittling a common acquaintance. If you felt their criticisms were unjustified, would you defend the person?
  • If you were taking a test and you noticed an acquaintance cheating on the exam, how would you handle this situation? If there were trying to cheat off of you, how would you handle it?
  • If you were suddenly given ten million dollars tax free (or won lottery, etc.), what would you do with the money?
  • If you had a close family member or friend involved in drugs, how would you handle the situation?

MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS

  • Your background
  • Your education
  • Special training (art, dance, music, etc.)
  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • Travel
  • Current involvements
  • Likes, Dislikes
  • Your aspirations for the future / goals
  • Community involvement / Platform
  • People, Role models, who you admire
  • Places, Things
  • Sports, Games
  • Music
  • Food
  • Pageants
  • Marriage, How Met Husband
  • Advice to a newlywed
  • Key to a happy marriage
  • Personal and Career Goals

HIGH SCHOOL/JR. HIGH/TEEN-AGER QUESTIONS

  • Name a problem that your school has, and if you were Miss ____ High School, how would you help or assist with that problem.
  • If I had a choice between going to your school and another school, sell me on the advantages and benefits of your school.
  • Why would you make a good Miss ______ High School?
  • If you were to win Miss _______, what would be your first action when you arrived at school on Monday after the pageant?
  • What do you see yourself doing after graduation from this school? Plans?
  • What qualities or assets do you have that would set you aside or make you stand out from the rest of the contestants?
  • What qualities do you think a young lady should possess to make a good Miss _______?
  • Who is your role model? Why?
  • Are you involved in any community service activities? If so, what? If not, what would you be interested in doing in the future for our community?
  • What activities are you involved in at school? What benefits have you received from being in that club/organization?
  • What types of things do you like to do outside of school? (hobbies?)
  • Three adjectives that best describe yourself.
  • Give one example of what you think would be considered a major improvement in what students should be taught in school today.
  • What are your specific goals as a student?
  • What type of behavior do you feel is most important for students to display to their classmates and their teachers?
  • Do you feel that it is worthwhile for student to participate in volunteer work and, if so, why?
  • Do you think young people should feel it necessary to help with household chores, and why?
  • Do you think that television and movies display too much violence and, if so, do you feel that violence can influence a student’s behavior?
  • Do you believe students should have a mandatory curfew under the law and, if so, do you think parents should be held responsible when their children are caught out after the curfew hours?
  • What are your goals for the future? Name one thing you are currently doing to help accomplish your goals for the future.
  • What are some of the qualities in a person you look for in choosing your friends?

YOUNG GIRLS (6 - 11 YEARS OLD)

  • What is your favorite subject in school and why?
  • Do you have any brothers and sisters?  Tell me about them.
  • What would you like to be when you grown up?
  • Who is the most important person in your life?
  • What do you do when you are not in school or doing pageants?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • Who is your favorite actor or actress?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • Do you have a boyfriend?
  • Do you really enjoy dressing up and having all this make-up on?
  • Do you know who the President of the United States is?
  • What kind of sports do you like and participate in?
  • What is the name of your school, and what do you like about it?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • Do you do any volunteer work or spend time helping others?

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS BASED ON CAREER FIELDS

  • Nursing: How do you plan to use your degrees in nursing and psychology in the treatment of terminally ill children?
  • Nursing/Medical: What are the benefits of the blood and bone marrow donor program? Or the organ donor program as a whole?
  • Biology: Where do you think biology is headed in terms of technology?
  • Any field: Define _______. (any major terms within that field)

 

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